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Spy Shots: Next-Generation Ford Focus Test Mule

Spy photographers have captured images of what seems to be a test mule for the next-generation Ford Focus hatchback, testing on public roads. The gallery of images is available at Autoblog.

What these spy shots tell us straight away is that the new, fourth-generation Ford Focus will have a larger footprint than the outgoing model; evidence of tacked-on sheet metal stretching both the length and width dimensions is present. As Autoblog points out, a seam can clearly be seen running down either side of the car to each rear-wheel arch, and another seam is present at both the front and rear ends of the test mule.

This shows without a doubt that extra material has been tacked-on to cover an extended track and wheelbase.

Beyond that, there isn’t any additional information to be deduced. A replacement for the current, third-generation Ford Focus isn’t expected to bow until late 2017/early 2018. It’s uncertain whether the normally-aspirated, 2.0-liter Flex Fuel I4 will continue to be the standard engine, or whether it mightn’t be replaced by a turbocharged EcoBoost unit.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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