Tuesday, December 6, 2011
FPV Announces Upgrades to Existing Range
Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) has announced upgrades across its current range with the introduction of Ford’s new FG Falcon MkII.
Featuring the very latest in smart technologies and combined with minor exterior design appointments, the revisions will boost the standard equipment levels of the FPV range, offering customers increased value.
“The Performance Car market in Australia is highly competitive and so naturally we are thrilled to be able to increase the standard specification offerings on all our vehicles,” FPV General Manager Rod Barrett said.
Latest smart technologies
A new Interior Command Centre (ICC) with an advanced 8.0-inch colour touch screen headlines the list of smart technology features that will be standard on all FPV models.
While maintaining the overall appearance, form and functionality of the current ICC and Human Machine Interface (HMI) design, the addition of the new, larger and interactive ICC screen will give customers an advanced, yet user-friendly, interface to control all the main in-car functions such as audio, phone and satellite navigation systems.
On the luxury GT E, GT-P and F6 E models , the 8.0-inch colour touch screen will also feature a new integrated satellite navigation system with Traffic Message Channel (TMC)1 as standard equipment.
The new touch screen navigation system includes the following features:
- “Green routing” – calculates the most economical route, as well as the fastest and shortest routes available
- Choice of 2D or 3D map modes
- Over-speed and speed camera warnings
- “Where Am I” feature to show nearby points of interest
- Street house numbers left and right displayed
- Advanced lane guidance and signpost information indicating which lane to use
- “Junction view” showing graphical representation of road
- Traffic Message Channel (TMC) 1
The new touch screen interface replaces the remote control-based operation of previous-generation navigation systems, providing customers with a fully integrated and user-friendly driver assistance system.
The GS Sedan and GS Ute will now receive an alarm and the prestige audio system as standard – while all FPV models have been upgraded to include a new USB input facility to play MP3 audio files. In USB mode, the user can play and browse all MP3 files through the audio system.
Compatible USB devices include memory sticks, flash drives and external powered hard drives, while memory support is to a maximum of one terabyte. Once a USB device is connected, a pop up message will display "USB Connected" in conjunction with the flash indicator on the USB device, if one is fitted.
Already standard equipment on the GT E and F6 E, the reverse camera will now form part of the package on the GT-P, GT, F6 and GS, while the reverse sensing system will bolster the extensive list of standard features on the GS sedan.
Using four ultrasonic sensors mounted in the rear bumper, the reverse sensing system assists the driver when reversing into or out of a parking space with an audible warning of obstacles at or near the rear of the vehicle. A graphic is also displayed on the Interior Command Centre (ICC) screen, to supplement the audible warnings.
Completing the interior upgrades to the FPV range will be the addition of FPV floor mats across all models.
Exterior Design Appointments
In the most significant exterior upgrade to the FPV range, the GS will be fitted with a new, more purposeful front fascia design with new sports front bumper featuring winglets and pronounced sculpting around the fog lamps and lower grille to create aerodynamic tunnels. The new front end also includes new upper and lower grilles with recessed black mesh, new signature projector headlamps with black bezels and unique fog lamp treatment with chrome/high silver paint finish.
Both the F6 Ute and GS Ute variants will now offer increased functionality for customers with the addition of a sports bar as standard equipment.
And a new lighting package complete with precision design projector headlamps will feature on all models in the FPV range, while premium five-spoke alloy wheels in Graphite will complete the design upgrade on the F6.
The revised FPV range will go on sale with the following recommended Manufacturer’s List Price* FPV GT $71,290, GT-P $82,540, GT E $82,990, F6 E $76,940, F6 $64,890, F6 Ute $55,990, GS $57,990 and GS Ute $52,990.
Six-speed automatic transmission is a no-cost option on the GT and GT-P, while the GT-E is available in auto only. Automatic transmission is also offered as a no-cost option on the GS & F6 range of vehicles.
1 Ford Australia has an agreement to provide the Suna Traffic Channel broadcast for a minimum of five years from the time of vehicle manufacture. Refer to www.sunatraffic.com.au for full details of coverage.