Spy photographers managed to snap sneak peek of the 2008 Freestyle before it reaches the Chicago Auto Show next month. Carrying over obvious styling cues from Ford's Fusion, Five Hundred, and Focus, the 2008 Freesyle appears to be the transitional vehicle between the Freestyle, the now defunct Freestar, and the upcoming Fairlane.

The 3-bar grille and funky headlamp design is Ford's new signature styling, and we'll be seeing it over and over again until at least 2012 - maybe longer.

Power for the revamped Freestyle will come from Ford's new 3.5-liter duratec - same as in the Lincoln MKX, Edge and others, and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission - which was a Ford/General Motors joint-venture.