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Ford's final Falcon equipment detailed

Digital get down: Ford's evolved SYNC2 connectivity system is now standard across the 2014 Falcon range, allowing voice control of most comfort, navigation and entertainment functions.

Emergency assistance, SYNC2 and kit-boost standard across Ford Falcon range

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Ford logo10 Sep 2014

By DANIEL GARDNER

FORD’S final Falcon will get automatic emergency assistance across all variants as part of its SYNC2 connectivity and communication system when the FG X is launched in the final quarter of this year.

As previously reported by GoAuto, Ford has rolled its base XT and G6 variants in to one, called simply Falcon.

In the latest installment of details for the locally made large car, Ford said the emergency system would summon emergency help with either the press of a button or automatically after an airbag has deployed or the auto fuel-pump shut-off has been triggered in a crash.

The FG X update will be the last for the Falcon, which is destined to go out of production at the end of 2016 when Ford closes its Australian factories.

The new Ford emergency notification system is similar to Holden Commodore’s Holden Assist system introduced as an option in the VE model.

After activation, the Ford system uses the mobile phone network to put occupants in voice contact with an emergency operator. Should occupants be unable to communicate, the system will automatically notify operators of the vehicle's location.

As GoAuto previously reported, the Sync2 system is an evolution of Ford’s original Sync technology. Ford says the new version is more flexible and introduces voice command operation.

Local development of the system resulted in a more Australia-specific product with bespoke algorithms to recognise “Australian natural language” and accents.

“One shot” short spoken commands can be used to control a variety of vehicle comfort and information systems including climate control, navigation, entertainment and connected devices.

Sync2 allows the use of saved voice tags to allow quick entry of frequent navigation destinations, while simpler, more intuitive command options control the various systems.

Changing the cabin temperature can be a specific command of “Temperature 20 degrees” or a more general “Warmer”, for example.

Alternately, the various systems can be operated through the eight-inch touchscreen and shortcut buttons.

In addition to its updated Sync system, the entire six-variant Falcon range will also get an added technology boost with digital radio, smartphone connectivity, Bluetooth, SD-card and USB connection and MP3/CD player as standard.

The equipment bonus carries over to safety and driver assistance packages with all 2014 Falcons getting front and rear parking sensors, reverse camera and rain-sensing wipers.

The latest release has also given a more detailed insight to the way the last Falcon will look.

The 2014 range will comprise six core variants from an entry level Falcon - replacing XT and G6 - through mid-range G6E and G6E Turbo, to sporty XR6, XR6 Turbo and flagship XR8 versions, with all variants wearing the new global-look nose and tail design.

Initial Ute versions will arrive as a base cab-chassis and Styleside box, with the same options for XR6 powered versions and a top-of-the-range XR6 Turbo Styleside option.

Ford has not announced plans for an XR8 Ute variants at this stage.

All alloy wheel designs have been restyled for the Falcon facelift, with 16-inch hoops for the entry-level Falcon, 18-inch versions for the G6E and XR6 variants, and a 19-inch wheel for the turbo sixes.

Engines are unchanged over the previous FG Mk II Falcon range, with a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder, 4.0-litre normally aspirated petrol or LPG six-cylinder, the same six-pot with turbocharged aspiration, and a V8.

Ford has not yet released performance data for the final XR8.

Transmissions will be a choice of six-speed automatic across the board or a six-speed manual gearbox option for all XR-badged variants.

The face and tail-lift redesign has brought new-style projector headlights, complemented by LED running lights and tail-lights.

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