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01-11-2013 03:35 PM
GhiaFan
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Originally Posted by suss6052 View Post
It appears that the CUV program happened, but the former Mercury based Focus was scrapped some time ago, with the death of this brand, and it has yet to be turned into a Lincoln, at least as far as it had been announced.

So unless its secretly been revived as a Lincoln I'm not as sure about the validity of their sourcing on the Lincolnized Focus sedan at the moment.

The original MK-C concept was basically a Volvo C-30 with the 1.6 L ecoboost and a dry dual clutch powershift transmission at least on paper. It was a clay and wood framed glider/ model at thhe time
I tend to agree that this mule is testing upgrades for the Focus. I read that the C346 (2) update is schedule for SOP 1st quarter 2017, so it seems a tad early to see mules this far out. But who knows maybe Ford will surprise with an early facelift or at least new powertrain options.
Hood lines under the camo does resemble the new Fiesta and Fusion front hoods.

Surprised that the Lincoln C489 being shown at NAIAS is a concept, as SOP was scheduled for 4th quarter 2013. The concept must be quite close to what the
production model will look like.
01-11-2013 01:44 PM
suss6052
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Car & Driver reported the C size sedan back in its September 2011 issue...........It is targeting the entry-luxury buyer with $35,000 to $55,000 to spend, and it will be offering a compact sedan and a small crossover for the first time. New Lincolns will get large helpings of Ford technology, such as eight-speed transmissions, computer-controlled dampers, EcoBoost engines, and MyLincoln Touch electronics.
http://www.caranddriver.com/features...incoln-feature
It appears that the CUV program happened, but the former Mercury based Focus was scrapped some time ago, with the death of this brand, and it has yet to be turned into a Lincoln, at least as far as it had been announced.

So unless its secretly been revived as a Lincoln I'm not as sure about the validity of their sourcing on the Lincolnized Focus sedan at the moment.

The original MK-C concept was basically a Volvo C-30 with the 1.6 L ecoboost and a dry dual clutch powershift transmission at least on paper. It was a clay and wood framed glider/ model at thhe time
01-11-2013 01:36 PM
GhiaFan Car & Driver reported the C size sedan back in its September 2011 issue...........It is targeting the entry-luxury buyer with $35,000 to $55,000 to spend, and it will be offering a compact sedan and a small crossover for the first time. New Lincolns will get large helpings of Ford technology, such as eight-speed transmissions, computer-controlled dampers, EcoBoost engines, and MyLincoln Touch electronics.
http://www.caranddriver.com/features...incoln-feature
01-11-2013 01:18 PM
Just Tom Two words: Overpriced econobox. A loaded Ti already approaches the $30k mark. I think once you go north of that number you lose a lot of buyers who opt instead for luxury brands.
01-11-2013 10:26 AM
suss6052
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either way, its too early to tell but your speculations sound plausible just the same as the lincoln focus at this point. Which both sound like they could be good..

While we are speculating, I could see them doing some upscale things with the focus. Add heated/cooled perforated leather seats, front/rear. Possibly pairing an auto with either the 1.6l ecoboost and 2.0 ecoboost as options. The 1.6l can put down 180hp, so i could see that being used.

Dual pane moonroofs, some wood accents, couple more safety features, wheel/suspension improvements.
The standard MK3 is available with cloth or leather heated seats already. Heated and perforated leather seats are available on the Mk3 Electric Focus, I think it still doesn't have cooled seats available but that's halfway there already.

Unless they put the plain but boring (and initially semi unreliable) 6F35 behind the 1.6 L or 2.0 L EcoBoost engines they would have to import the wet clutch DCT from Europe to handle the higher torque figures as compared to the 2.0 l HE Duratec Ti-VCT GDI used in the standard car.
01-11-2013 09:42 AM
LikwidZX5 Interesting indeed. I was wondering why this hasn't yet been attempted, maybe it finally is.
01-11-2013 09:39 AM
rambleon84
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Originally Posted by suss6052 View Post
Anyone want to guess its really just the 2014/2015 Focus midcycle refresh instead? the headlamps look to be blending in more fusion traits rather than giving off any tell tale lincoln cues. The MK-C was supposed to be the lincoln based 3 door Focus hatch before it got changed into a five door Lincoln Escape.

Those Projectors also look like the ones from the ST3 or the FFE also, so I'm really not seeing any Lincoln here.

There was initially going to be a Mercury Focus but that got scrapped with the death of Mercury also.
either way, its too early to tell but your speculations sound plausible just the same as the lincoln focus at this point. Which both sound like they could be good..

While we are speculating, I could see them doing some upscale things with the focus. Add heated/cooled perforated leather seats, front/rear. Possibly pairing an auto with either the 1.6l ecoboost and 2.0 ecoboost as options. The 1.6l can put down 180hp, so i could see that being used.

Dual pane moonroofs, some wood accents, couple more safety features, wheel/suspension improvements.
01-11-2013 04:06 AM
sleepyboy Oh and if it is the eco boost it'll probably have the 6 speed conventional auto like in the Fusion and Escape.
01-11-2013 04:05 AM
sleepyboy Probably jumping on the bad wagon like Honda did with the new small Acura that's just a re badged Civic Si.
01-11-2013 04:00 AM
elsolo
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If it's a Lincoln, it will probably sticker at least in the mid-thirties. I'll pass.
If it's a Lincoln, just wait two years and it will be half price.
American luxury brands have a steep depreciation curve.
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