1 Sep 1996
Prompted by female resistance to the EF’s proboscis, an oval grille was grafted on low line ELs, along with new headlights, bumpers and bonnet.
Upgraded suspension, steering, and refinement levels were also introduced, while small trim changes were implemented, including new instrumentation graphics.
However none could quell the unprecedented VT Commodore sales onslaught that followed, promptly ending Falcon’s halcyon days.
The GLi’s engine continued to be the 157kW/357Nm 4.0L I6.
New standard features: Thicker tinted glass, passenger seat height adjuster, upgraded audio, mobile phone wiring, battery light saverEngine options: 165kW/388Nm 5.0L V8.
Special editions:· Mar 97 – Classic: Dual front airbags, air-con, alloy wheels, decals· Aug 97 – Sapphire: Dual front airbags, air-con, alloy wheels, cruise control, decals· Jan 98 – S: Driver airbag, air-con, alloy wheels, CD player, decals · Mar 98 – Sapphire II: Dual front airbags, air-con, alloy wheels, power front windows