6 speed auto
Barra 240T option
G260 instead of 220
Some styling changes - new bumber, grille, raised bonnet to fit the Barra 260, new tailights and changes to distinguish the thing from the SWB cars.
Some of these won't happen but unlike the Falcon the Fairlane does need some fixing. Otherwise I can't see the point in a car that, apart from some rear leg room, offers nothing more (and probably quite a bit less) than a Fairmont Ghia
Tom Gordon has admitted that what has been done to the BA Fairlane is still not enough for it to secure it's original position at number 1. With this in mind we 'may' see more changes to this model than the Falcon range. Major mechanical changes however are doubtful, but here's hoping.
They need some changes if they want to sell them in decent numbers though - last year the Fairlane sold 2389 and the year before it was 2001. That is the sort of numbers the Falcon ute sells in a month. It's hard to see how it is viable to develop a unique bodyshell on those volumes.
I agree with Lincoln's comment, it seems there is nothing enticing you to buy a Fairlane over a Fairmont Ghia (apart from habit which would account for a large number of those sales), and with parking in cities getting tighter it is harder to live with.
Thats why the Statesman is so popular. If I was after a long wheel base luxo I'd go for the Statesman myself. I think the AU Fairlanes were better looking, especially around the back, but the BA front is better.
If I were to make a bold prediction for the LWB range then I would predict a substantial upgrade for the models, particularly in the surprise and delight features and model differentiation areas.
Either that or they will be scrapped along with the wagons next year when the wagon fails to meet new ADRs.
My money would be on the former but it wouldn't be too hard to build a business case for the latter when they amount to such small total sales even if they are (largely) profitable sales. Keeping the extra platform and spending the capital to provide the massive leap they would have to make to become competitive might just not add up.
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