Ford Falcon (XH)

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Ford XH Falcon
1996-1997 Ford XH Falcon Longreach utility 01.jpg
Ford XH Falcon Longreach Ute
Overview
Manufacturer Ford Australia
Production April 1996 - June 1999 [1]
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupe utility [1]
2-door panel van [1]
Layout FR layout
Related Ford EF Falcon
Powertrain
Engine 4.0L 6-cyl [1]
5.0L V8 [1]
Transmission 5 speed manual [1]
4 speed automatic [1]
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2957mm [1]
Length 4923mm [1]
Width 1862mm [1]
Height 1370mm [1]
Curb weight 1520kg [1]
Chronology
Predecessor Ford XG Falcon
Successor Ford AU Falcon

The Ford XH Falcon is an automobile that was manufactured by the Ford Motor Company of Australia between 1996 and 1999.

Introduction[edit]

The Ford XH Falcon was introduced in April 1996[1] as a facelift of the Ford XG Falcon,[1] which it replaced. Like the XG series, it was offered only in coupe utility and panel van body styles. The XH series was sold alongside the EF Falcon sedan and wagon models until October 1996, and with the facelifted EL Falcon sedan and wagons from that point.

Ford grafted the nose of its EF Falcon sedan/wagon on to the existing XG Falcon, giving it the appearance of a new model.[2] A new bonnet with a raised centre section was also fitted.[1] Improvements included revised front suspension and steering, revised rear suspension, upgraded engines, revised seats, a new instrumentation pod and upgraded interior trim.[2]

Model range[edit]

The XH range was offered in 2-door coupe utility and 2-door panel van models, marketed as follows.

  • Ford Falcon Longreach GLi Ute
  • Ford Falcon Longreach GLi Van
  • Ford Falcon Longreach One Tonne Ute
  • Ford Falcon Longreach One Tonne Van
  • Ford Falcon Longreach S Ute
  • Ford Falcon Longreach Outback Ute
  • Ford Falcon Longreach XR6 Ute
  • Ford Falcon XR8 Ute (from October 1997)

XH Series II[edit]

An upgraded XH Series II range was introduced in October 1997,[1] A 5.0 litre V8 engine was added as an option for the Automatic S Ute and was fitted as standard equipment in the newly introduced XR8 model.[3] Both the new XR8 and the revised XR6 featured the nosecone design from the EL series Falcon XR8 Sedan.[3]

Replacement[edit]

The XH Falcon Ute models were replaced in 1999 by Ute variants of the AU Falcon range. The XH Van was discontinued and was not replaced, bringing to an end the 38 year history of the Australian “Falcon Van”, which began with the XK Falcon Sedan Delivery model in 1961.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p XH Falcon at Falcon Facts Retrieved on 18 October 2011
  2. ^ a b Ford Falcon XH Car Review Retrieved on 18 October 2011
  3. ^ a b What's New About XH Series 2 Falcon Ute & Van Retrieved on 19 October 2011

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