The Ford Falcon ute is one of the sportiest pickup from the market and it’s only real rival is the Holden SV6 ute.
The vehicle was born after Ford decided to chop off the back of its high class Falcon sedan and added a set of chassis rails with a live axle and leaf springs.
The vehicle was especially developed for the Australian market and it’s unlikely to be seen in other areas. Ford has also came up with a sportier version of its pickup, but the standard model was left to deal mostly with utilitarian purposes as it has a more serene and rugged character.
The Ford FG Falcon ute has a starting price of $27.795 and offers a generous payload of 1240kg.
The latest iteration of the Ford Falcon has a sharp and modern exterior design with a lot of clean lines and tasty curves.
The front received an aggressive style enhanced by the elongated headlights and a trapezoidal air intake. The honey comb grille is pretty simple and it’s fitted with the company’s logo in its center. The hood comes with two dynamic creases which converge toward the grille forming a “V” shape pattern.
The vehicle features a new soft tonneau cover which securely fastens the aluminium top rails that join the bedliner and exterior sheet metal. The tonneau can be peeled up from any side and easily snaps back down into the groove like a snap lock plastic bag, improving access to the load bed.
The tonneau also features elasticised clips on the inside of the cover, which can be pulled down and hooked onto the aluminium side rails to allow it to sit higher than its normal fitment point, thus providing a higher load space.
Unlike the Holden SV6 ute, the Ford FG Falcon Ute can be fitted with a configurable tray, hence being more versatile. Moreover, the Falcon Ute, R6 and XR6 models are all available with the choice of either a Styleside Box or Cab Chassis configuration.
The Ford FG Falcon’s cabin is pretty roomy with high class materials and plastics. The interior design is simple yet elegant and looks surprisingly good, given the utilitarian nature of the vehicle. You won’t have any complains about the build quality either, as the fittings are well done and the cockpit feels pretty solid, being ready to endure harsh working conditions without starting to rattle only after a few thousand miles.
The FG Falcon is equipped with a standard four spoke Ford steering wheel which looks pretty modern and also comes with a bunch of useful adjustments to help you find your favorite driving position in no time.
The center console has a clean an intuitive layout and every switch and button is placed within driver’s reach. We also like the sporty instrument panel, but we find its gauges a bit too small being difficult to read while driving.
You seat higher than expected, so you won’t have any complains about the overall visibility. For a utilitarian workhorse, the seats are also pretty good offering decent back and side support.
The Ford Falcon is offered with a fixed centre seat is fitted to all models specified with the column shift automatic transmission, providing a seating position for a third passenger. When not in use, the centre seat backrest can be folded down to provide a centre armrest for driver and passenger, with two cupholders set into the rear of the backrest.
The storage department is pretty well represented including, door pockets, a generous glove box, various cubbies and some useable space behind the seats.
Engines and performance
The vehicle is powered by a 4.0 DOHC DI-VCT engine, which develops 195 kw @ 6000 rpm with a peak torque of 391 Nm @ 3250 rpm.
The engine is strong enough to cope well with the necessities of a utilitarian vehicle and rewards you with a decent acceleration and fuel consumption.
The standard transmission is a six speed manual unit which is pretty refined and offers precise shifts, but limits the towing capacity to only 1200 kg. If you’re willing to pay 1000 $ more, you can choose the five speed automatic transmission which offers a more generous towing capacity of 1600 kg. Moreover, the auto also allows the option of a column shift and seating for three.
Ford FG Falcon Engines Specifications
|Engine||kw @ rpm||Nm @ rpm|
|4.0 liter||195 @ 6000||391 @ 3250|
Ride and handling
The Ford Falcon FG ute is offered with front twin-tube shocks and rear progressive springs. Thanks to the smart rear suspension setup, the Falcon rides pretty smooth even when it’s unladen. When a heavy load is carried, the progressive springs will be able to deal with it fairly good maintaining a proepr body balance and ride quality.
The main advantage offered by the Falcon over its full sized pickup rivals, is its lower center of gravity which is translated into better handling abilities. Thanks to the relatively low ground clearance, loading and unloading operations are also easier, as you don’t need to hop up into the load bed too often.
The stopping power is fairly strong, the vehicle being equipped with front and rear discs combined with ABS and EBD.
The Ford Falcon ute has a lot to be loved for. Its exterior design is pretty attractive and the load bed it’s also pretty generous. The payload is at par with what you’ll usually get in the segment, while the engine has enough grunt to keep you out of trouble even when you deal with heavy loads.
You won’t have any significant complains about the ride and handling either, as the vehicle sits well planted on its wheels and offers a pleasurable driving experience. Not to mention about the roomy cab which is fitted with all sorts if useful features and offers plenty of space.