XR8 and XR6

Ford has revealed the new Falcon XR8, and as expected it's a blend of the car's current looks with Ford’s "global design DNA" - meaning it also gets bits from the Mustang and Mondeo, with a signature trapezoidal grille, chiseled head lamp treatment and smoother, wrap-around tail-lamps with LED technology.

Ford has also released the first official image of the refreshed XR6 sedan.

The XR8 gets a honeycomb mesh grille and an extension of its signature power dome, as well as an integrated boot-lid rear spoiler, a unique rear diffuser and a specific quad-tipped exhaust system “tuned for the sporty V8 exhaust note”.

Ford President and CEO, Bob Graziano, said the XR8 badge was a welcomed return to the Falcon line-up. “We’re very excited by the return of the XR8, as this badge has not been seen on a Falcon since 2010,” he said. “Our enthusiasts have been asking for it so we’ve purposely revealed the Falcon XR6 and XR8 first.”

With the return of the V8 into the Falcon portfolio, Graziano said Falcon will be the only Australian-made large sedan available that has the choice of three engines, the acclaimed EcoBoost four, in-line six or V8 petrol engines.

“Four, six, or eight; our customers will have more choice,” Graziano said. “To enhance the choice too, our six cylinder customers will also be able to choose between the locally developed EcoLPi engine or Turbo six cylinder, as well as the naturally aspirated six.

“When you look at cars like the new Falcon, it’s easy to understand why we are now leading global projects such as the new Everest which is designed and engineered in Australia for the world.”

Pricing, features and specifications of the 2014 Falcon will be revealed closer to launch. The Falcon range and ute go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year.