Here are some of the first spy shots of the upcoming next-generation Ford Galaxy.

This early prototype is a chassis test mule riding inside a body design based on the Grand C-Max, including that rear sliding door which the Galaxy is sure to have, which provides a hint as to where Ford is headed with the next Galaxy's styling. At the front there's some camouflage trying to obscure that new look but we can still spot that new grill with newly designed air intakes.

It's still early in the development of the brand's flagship minivan model but we can expect the next Galaxy to come with the best options Ford has to offer including the latest iterations of its diesels and EcoBoost engines as well as extra options from Ford's individualization program.

The next-generation Ford Galaxy is due sometime in 2012.

Gallery: Next-generation Ford Galaxy mule spied

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