• Apr 6th 2006 at 2:01PM
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As Edmunds Inside Line correctly points out, Ford looks to be readying more facelifts for next year than a Los Angeles plastic surgeon. The latest to get the Norelco flat-bar grille treatment would appear to be the 2008 Five Hundred sedan, whose value and interior volumes have come in for praise, but whose milquetoast styling and underwhelming drivetrain and handling have been derided.

The Blue Oval hopes to rectify both issues by early next year, so we're eager to see how they manage.

[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]

(Great tip, Brian!)

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Here's the front end without the mask.


      The side sheetmetal will remain pretty much as is, but this is definitely the front. Even the headlights behind the mask have the same shape.

      Besides, Ford already said the restyle would take on the look of the 427 concept.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Ford just doesnt get it!
      Boring and clone styling is something that i think is hurting FORD!In the late 90,s to now every thing has the v grille!Example Ford Explorer looks like a cheap Expedition, same style which also carries to pickups! Look at a Ford Dealership and in the Front everything looks a like! In the sixties and seventies and eighties there were less lookalikes!
      Now here comes the 3 Bar Grille soon everything will look alike again!It will get old fast!
      Why spend money styling a car and put the same grille in it! Each vechicle such have standalone styling as different as the 250 to 150 Ford Truck!
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Yamaha V-8 is very much a possibility, as it was designed first for the XC90 which like the 500 is derrived from the Volvo S80 platform.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Huh. Now you've wet our appetites. Will be interesting to see the interior when this comes out.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Now see cowboy bob, why couldn't your friend have put things like you just did?
      • 9 Years Ago
      No way, the Ford grille is only three bars. The Gillete razors are what now, like nine blades or something.

      Seriously though, this will along with the new 3.5 litre V-6 will help this car. Even though it is selling at a nice pace these improvments will welcomed.
      • 9 Years Ago

      Then this must be the Schick twin blade: http://www.toyota.com/tundra/ext_large.html?page=page1
      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks like a good freshening.

      Ford should consider a sport or high-output version a la the Taurus SHO or the new Impala SS...oh wait, those were/are practical, performance focused front-wheel drive cars, and all front wheel drive cars are automatically crap, at least to Autoblog commentators. Never mind.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Chris does have a point Nate. Although both front and rear wheel drives have their advocates, and I would hesitate to label them either way, I prefer rear wheel as well. The front wheel cars offer better traction in snow, but are not as controlable in slippery conditions. Automakers pushed front wheel drives simply because they were/are cheaper to manufacture. Arguments aplenty abound as to preference, but bottom line, automakers will present what they can make money on. I have had many front and rear wheel vehicles, and have found that front wheelers tend to be more money to repair, and more difficult to control in any real "edgy" situations. Others will argue, but as for me, I prefer my steering wheels, and my drive wheels, to be independent of each other. Most police agencies, race drivers, auto enthusiasts, local governments,and the military agree. We can't all be wrong.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Now cowboy bob, why couldn't your friend have simply eloquated his preferences as well as you did? RWD/FWD just isn't a deal breaker for most car buyers...and it isn't for me.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The current Five Hundred looks like a warmed-over '94 Accord, especially from the rear.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I like the 3 slat grille look.

      I don't like that theres a big gap under the 3 slats on the Fusion tho.

      I really like the value of the 500, it's a lot of car for a good price, but I never liked the front end. I hope their about to fix that.

      I also hope that they offer a version to fight with the Chrysler 300C. Sure not everyone is going to buy a 500 with 300hp+ but not everyone buys the 300c either. The 300C has a halo effect on every one 300 sold, Even if they have a V6 because the casual observer doesn't really know.

      Think, an AWD 500 with 300hp and a CVT and sport suspension? It'd be mad fast and people would love it.

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