The car, branded as a Fusion, now has actual grille bars instead of a stickered front grille. It also has additional hood lines and a slight change around the fog light.
Manufacturers will submit their final versions to NASCAR in the next couple of months, so even though they have unveiled the cars, tweaks can still be made.
Ford released photos of its tweaked design Monday.
“There is a visual premiumness that is apparent in both the race car as well as the production Fusion design,” said Garen Nicoghosian, Ford design manager in charge of the NASCAR project.
“Both cars appear fun to drive, and are the most emotionally desirable in their segments.”
Ford is expected to have Roush Fenway Racing, Penske Racing and Wood Brothers Racing among its stable in 2013. Richard Petty Motorsports, currently a Ford team, does not have a contract for next year. Penske is currently a Dodge team and announced in March it would move to Ford.