The XD series was introduced on 28 March 1979 and was initially offered in five models:
- Falcon GL (sedan and wagon)
- Fairmont (sedan and wagon)
- Fairmont Ghia (sedan)
There was also an ESP (European Sports Pack) model released in 1980 (shown here).
The base engine was a 3.3-litre six-cylinder with a 4.1-litre (250 cu in) six, a 4.9-litre (302 cu in) and a 5.8-litre (351 cu in) also available. Transmissions available were three-speed column shift manual for six-cylinder versions, the popular four-speed manual floor shift, and the most popular transmission choice, the three-speed automatic with the selector lever located either the column or floor.
Commercial variants of the XD Falcon were released in September 1979 with four models offered:
- Falcon (utility and van)
- Falcon GL (utility and van)
A total of 197,293 XD Falcons were built.