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A prototype for the next-generation Ford Focus wagon has been spied this week during the early stages of its development.

Most will notice that this vehicle looks remarkably similar to the current ‘LZ’ Focus, however the familiar panels hide the new-generation car’s running gear underneath – the perfect camouflage, almost.

While the wagon version of the Focus was never sold here, the prototype (named Elvis) does give some indication of what to expect when the Blue Oval’s popular small car gets revamped either later this year or early next.

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The body of this vehicle has seen numerous modifications to accommodate the new car’s underpinnings, hinting that the next-gen Focus will be longer and wider than the current car.

Up front is a new bonnet with a noticeable ‘power bulge’, flared wheel arches and what appears to be a beefier front bumper.

At the rear this Focus wagon almost looks like it’s a Frankenstein made up of parts from several different models, though you will notice the massively flared rear wheel arches, the long rear overhang, the irregular-shaped rear windows and sloping roofline.

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It’s nearly been a year since photos of a Focus hatch prototype surfaced, and it seems Ford is keeping the new model as heavily disguised as possible 12 months on.

Little to no details are known about what will power the new car, nor has there been any indication as to what the revised interior will look like, though expect to see a range of Ecoboost turbo-petrol engines and the new EcoBlue turbo-diesel units that debuted in the Transit van range in Europe last year.

Considering the current Focus hit the scene in 2010, expect the new model to be revealed later this year or early next.

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Stay tuned for more Ford Focus updates in the coming months

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