Ford Falcon (XH)

The Ford Falcon (XH) is a commercial range of vehicles that was manufactured by Ford Australia from 1996 to 1999, as an upgrade to the XG series that was itself derived from the same-named fourth-generation full-size car.

The Ford XH Falcon was introduced in April 1996 as a facelift of the Ford XG Falcon, which it replaced. Like the XG series official football shirts, 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 as well as early in the AU Falcon production run.

Ford grafted the nose of its EF Falcon sedan/wagon on to the existing XG Falcon waterproof bag for electronics, giving it the appearance of a new model. A new bonnet with a raised centre section was also fitted. Improvements included revised front suspension and steering, revised rear suspension, upgraded engines, revised seats stainless steel water bottle filter, a new instrumentation pod and upgraded interior trim.

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

GLi utility and vans were available with a „1 Tonne“ option pack that included heavier rear leaf springs, uprated tyres and an automatic transmission oil cooler.

There were also several limited edition XH models:

Ford Falcon (XH) Longreach S utility

Ford Falcon (XH) Longreach GLi panel van

An upgraded XH Series II range was introduced in October 1997, 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, 624 XR8 utes were produced during the production run with 212 being manual. Both the new XR8 and the revised XR6 featured the nosecone design from the EL series Falcon XR8 Sedan.

Ford Falcon (XH II) XR6 utility

Ford Falcon (XH II) Longreach GLi Tradesman 1 Tonne panel van

Ford Falcon (XH II) Longreach GLi Tradesman 1 Tonne panel van

The XH Falcon Ute models were replaced in June 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“ hydration running belts, which began with the XK Falcon Sedan Delivery model in 1961. By the time it was replaced, the basic design dating back to the XD Falcon of 1979 felt terminally dated.

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