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C&G Spy Shots: Ford Aviator Mule Front

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No Mazda Here

For those of you that visited us back when we relaunched C&G late last month you've already seen side and a very distant front end view of the Ford Aviator test mule that has been spotted by photographers in the area.

Well when we came across this spy shot from Brenda Priddy we had to feature it. Given the amount of speculation and doubt in our initial spy shot thread, this disguise clearly shows how cobbled the front end of this tester is, as well as those ridiculously fake wheel arches. Furthermore then poorly fitted hood and seemingly taped headlights are a dead giveaway that this is anything but a Mazda as Ford wishes us to believe. Sources also state that the side "doors" on this vehicle are are not real doors, there simply for looks to disguise this Aviators suspension.

The Aviator is codenamed U388 and will begin production in October of '06 at Fords Oakville plant.

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**Cheers & Gears has received permission from Brenda Priddy to republish this image online. Please do not "hotlink" this image. When discussing this spy shot please directly link to this story**

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turbo200    6
It looks like they've tacked on a grille and lower bumper to fool us into thinking it's a Mazda. Why would they cover up the whole car, but then show us the front fascia? Because it's a fake. I believe there is a lot left to be seen on this car to make a judgement at this time.

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sciguy_0504    0
You're right, turby. Until that disguise is gone comments like "it's hot" and "it's ugly" aren't really needed. Unless you add the word "disguise" after them, of course.

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Northstar    11
It's really weird that they're using the MPV body, because the track width is obviously wider than the body, and thus the interior on the real Aviator must be wider than what's in the mule, unless they have really think doors or are just testing powertrain.

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Paolino    99
I can't tell anything yet.

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aaaantoine    4
Interesting... In the space where the Mazda logo is supposed to go, it looks like it says "DVD". It obviously isn't supposed to, since the "V" I'm seeing is probably the bend in the Mazda logo, but still. But more on topic... This is a useless spy shot, other than to indicate how far some manufacturers are willing to go in order to cover up a design that they haven't even clipped on to the vehicle yet.

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