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Next-gen Focus out testing already…

March 27, 2009

Source: Next Autos

Ford has started to run some test mules for its next generation Focus, spotted this first time around in both sedan and wagon variants. While we are certainly excited to see a load-lugging Focus being tested out, we’re not going to hold our breath that Ford has plans to bring the wagon version to North America for the first time since the first-generation car.

The Euro-bodied Focus mule also happen to be running much higher off of their wheels than normal. These mules have got ground clearance that a Jeep could respect, though we’re not particularly sure why.

New Focus will likely look something like the crisp Iosis Max Concept that we were shown at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, and we’d be happy to see those new style Ford wheels (as seen on the new Fusion) make the options list as well. Click through the gallery above to have a closer look.

Ford is out and testing with the new Focus, too bad it’s just with the mules. But at least that’s a good sign at a financial crisis like this. We are all eager to see what Ford will do against the new Astra, yet to come in September, and the Golf from Volkswagen. This is the first time that we see the Focus mules, and we spotted both a sedan and a wagon mule.

If you look close to the photos of the sedan, you will notice that it’s running very high. Looks strange to us, but it could have something to do with their testing program.

We guess the real car will have some of the design directions that we just saw on the Iosis Max Concept, even if the Max Concept was more of a smaller MPV, targeted against Opel Meriva and Co.

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