• Jun 24, 2010
Mystery prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery

One of our alert readers was driving down Woodward Avenue in suburban Detroit when he spotted a prototype and quickly snapped off a few photos. That's where the mystery starts. We're honestly not sure what this sedan is.

Being in Michigan, it almost certainly belongs to either the Detroit three, Toyota, Nissan or Hyundai, all of whom have technical centers in the area. From the front view, an elliptical badge area is visible which points to Ford, Toyota or Hyundai. Judging by its footprint, it's clearly a mid-size to large car and the shape of the mirrors is consistent with the new Sonata.

So based on these few clues, we're going to climb out on the proverbial limb and predict that this is most likely either a next generation Hyundai Azera or even the new Camry. Posit your own guesses below?

[Source: Domino Vitali]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Not a Hyundai or Kia, they never have that ugly muffler so visible underneath the rear fascia like the US Manufacturers do. I'd have to guess Chrysler or GM.
      • 4 Years Ago
      At long last. The delorean is back.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, hate to get all "definitely," but it's definitely a Focus. The front-end is production down to the very last plastic slat, but the back seems like it was pulled off an early mule and made to fit the production working bits.

      Someone on the first page mentioned alternate drivetrain mule, and I'll put my money there. Furthermore, I'll step out on a limb and say (read: hope)... AWD RS/ST mule? Consider: all the parts for this car (as a FWD vehicle) exist, and yet this mule has a totally cobbled-together rear to go with its 100% production face. Why? If it were a wagon or "four-door coupe" or something, sure, that would make sense, but all we've got is (most of) the sedan. Could be a new rear end back there that isn't allowing for the production panels to fit up.

      And yes, I do understand that a niche-specific structural change that would prevent 50% of the car's skin from fitting doesn't make a lot of sense. But is it so wrong to dream?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the tail lights, they could be the next "Altezza"-type fad!

      I don't really have a good idea but the moment I saw the front-end picture I thought Ford Focus. The back could be anything, but it seems like there's Focus sheetmetal hiding under that camo/prototypery.
      • 4 Years Ago
      its either a ford or Subaru , why? because of the shape of the front badge.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      defenitely ford.i guess)
      • 4 Years Ago
      It can't be the next Focus because that has already been revealed. Maybe it's the next Fusion?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a new scion to me.
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      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a Focus. This one is 8813 3714, and you have a picture of 8813 3707 in a previous Autoblog post:
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good catch, buddy!

        Looking at the front pic, I knew immediately it was the next Focus.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The rear light doesnt match.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks like a Toyota
        • 4 Years Ago
        i concur.... look at the lower lip, rear trunk bulge, and gas cap placement.... my wild guess is that it may be a rs or st variant, hopefuly :)
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