What’s the opposite of ‘g’day, mate’? Ford Australia details last-ever Falcon Ute

ford australia details last ever falcon ute xr6
Ford’s ailing Australian division has published a lone image of the last-ever Falcon Ute.

Staying true to tradition, the new Ute is essentially a more practical version of the rear-wheel drive Falcon sedan. It looks much bolder than the outgoing model thanks to a muscular front end characterized by sharp headlights, a trapezoidal radiator grille and a bulged hood. Ford is keeping pictures of the Ute’s business end under wraps until the truck is formally unveiled next month in Melbourne.

Inside, the Ute is fitted with a simple, function-oriented dashboard and an easy-to-read analog instrument cluster. All models come standard with a large touch screen that runs Ford’s SYNC2 infotainment system, power seats and Bluetooth connectivity.

Related: 2015 Mustang production begins

The base Falcon Ute is powered by a 4.0-liter straight-six engine that sends 261 horsepower and 288 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Buyers looking to keep their fuel budget in check can order a LPG-burning version of the six straight from the factory.

The more powerful Falcon Ute XR6 (pictured) gains a turbocharged version of the straight-six that has been tuned to churn out 362 ponies and 392 pound-feet of twist. Aimed largely at enthusiasts, the turbo six can be linked to either a six-speed automatic transmission that can be shifted manually or a six-speed manual.

The Ford Falcon Ute is scheduled to go on sale across Australia next November. Production will run until October of 2016, when Ford will shutter its Australian factories for costs reasons.

Ford has previously hinted the Falcon will be replaced by a market-specific version of the Fusion. Transforming the Fusion into a small pickup truck would be a wildly expensive endeavor, so the Ford Falcon Ute will be relegated to the history books once production of the new model stops.

Product Review

In the 2019 Porsche Macan S, life starts after the "curves ahead" sign

The roster of models challenging the Porsche Macan grows annually. The German firm updated its smallest, most affordable SUV with a new engine, more tech features, and subtle design tweaks to keep it looking fresh.
Cars

Gateway’s born-again Ford Bronco boasts classic style, 2018 muscle car power

Illinois-based Gateway Bronco has received a license from Ford to make brand-new examples of the first-generation Bronco. Every build starts with a Ford VIN and a donor vehicle, but Gateway upgrades every part of the car.
Cars

Volkswagen may be planning a tougher challenge for its all-electric I.D. R

The Volkswagen I.D. R electric race car may head to the Nürburgring in 2019 for a lap-record attempt, according to a new report. Volkswagen will reportedly aim to set the quickest lap time ever by an electric car.
Cars

600-hp, $155K Polestar 1 is the alluring Volvo coupe you’ve been waiting for

Volvo's return to the coupe segment just took an interesting turn: the model will join the Polestar lineup, and it will get a 600-hp plug-in hybrid powertrain. The Polestar 1 will be built in China starting in 2019.
Cars

The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake is the sexiest wagon ever

Aston Martin has revealed new photos of the limited-production Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake. The Vanquish Zagato line now includes the Shooting Brake, Coupe, Volante, and Speedster, each with bespoke styling.
Cars

Nissan and Italdesign’s GT-R50 concept will become a $1.1 million reality

The Nissan GT-R50 is a customized sports car built to celebrate the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R and design firm Italdesign. Underneath the sleek bodywork sits a 710-horsepower engine fortified with race car components.
Mobile

Car-branded phones need to make a U-turn if they ever want to impress

Your car and your smartphone are becoming one, yet smartphones branded or co-created by car companies are a problem. We look at the history, some examples of the best and worst, then share hopes for the future.
Cars

Ford’s new Shelby GT500 Mustang will have 3D-printed brake parts

Ford's new $45 million Advanced Manufacturing Center will focus on emerging technologies, including 3D printing. One of the staff's first jobs is to print parts for the 700-horsepower Shelby GT500 Mustang.
Product Review

Audi built an electric SUV for buyers who want gasoline-free to mean stress-free

We finally got to spend time behind the wheel of the electric 2019 Audi E-Tron bustling cities and arid desert of the United Arab Emirates to see how it compares with Jaguar and Tesla's competitors.
News

World’s fastest electric race car to display at Petersen Museum

The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak race car smashed the all-time record at the hill climb for which it was named. The all-electric VW record-holder will be on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles until February 1, 2019.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Folding canoes and ultra-fast water filters

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Cars

This freewheeling Army truck-turned-tiny home is a labor of love

Most tiny homes are models of efficiency but one British metal worker has redefined the idea, converting an old Army truck into a mobile tiny home that comes with a bed, a sofa, a shower, and a beer garden.
Cars

Take a friend stargazing at 202 mph in the 2019 McLaren 720S Spider

McLaren has introduced the 2019 720S Spider. As its name implies, it's a convertible variant of the 720S coupe. The company promises the Spider retains the coupe's dynamism and agility thanks in part to the widespread use of carbon fiber.
Cars

Bloodhound’s plan to build a 1,000-mph car has run out of gas

The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) project has officially shut down. The upside is you can now buy a 135,000-horsepower car powered by a jet engine and a cluster of rockets for $319,000.