It's a three-bar world over at Ford's design studio, and the latest model to adopt the Fusion-esque grille treatment is the 2008 Ford Five Hundred, which gets a facelift for its unveiling at next year's Chicago Auto Show. We showed you heavily masked spy shots that hinted at the new front end treatment back in April, and Leftlane News put up a new collection of Ford Five Hundred spy shots Friday that give a much clearer view of the restyled front end.

Sales of the current model have been flagging of late (down over 50% last month compared with August 2005), and Ford hopes a fresher styling treatment will help the Five Hundred inherit some of the buzz surrounding the successful Fusion.

[Source: Leftlane News]