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FFTeam 01-12-2013 11:32 PM

Lincoln MKC Concept (Based on the Ford Escape)

Lincoln pulled the cover off a concept crossover dubbed the MKC on Sunday morning ahead of the Detroit Auto Show. But don't put too much stock in the whole "concept" part.

Based on the same platform that underpins the compact Ford Escape crossover, the MKC will almost certainly be the next release from Lincoln.

Though Lincoln called the concept merely an "indication of a future Lincoln product," a production version of the MKC would likely look nearly identical and go on sale within a year. That would follow Lincoln's modus operandi at last year's Detroit Auto Show, when it showed off a "concept" of the MKZ sedan -- a production version of which is on sale now.

Also telling is the near-production quality of this concept's interior. While some concepts feature outlandish designs and materials unfit for actual production, the inside of the MKC is a near carbon-copy of other production Lincolns on the market today. This includes the touch screen navigation system and the console-mounted transmission shift buttons.

The concept also features upscale interior touches such as genuine wood trim infused with metallic flakes, embroidered leather seats, and chrome accents.

Lincoln was mum on the MKC's powertrain options, but it's likely the base engine would be some form of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that's in the premium level Ford Escape. In that application, the engine makes 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and comes in either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive applications.

Even though the MKC will share a platform and likely at least one engine variant with the lesser Ford Escape, Lincoln was quick to point out that the vehicles had little in common.

"We are not rebadging vehicles," said Kate Pearce, Lincoln's marketing manager, in an interview ahead of the MKC's Monday reveal. "We are building them from the ground up. They really aren't anything like one another."

Pearce said the MKC was the first vehicle to be designed in Lincoln's all-new design studio in Dearborn, Mich. Max Wolff, Lincoln's design director, was the pen behind the vehicle's look.

That design shares much of its DNA with the front of the current MKZ sedan, including what Lincoln calls the split-wing grille. The MKC concept flanks this grille with narrow LED headlights.

At the back, the sleek LED taillights extend horizontally across the large lift gate. The modern look is one of the more handsome designs to come out of any Lincoln studio in recent memory.

Assuming it's produced, Lincoln expects the MKC to compete against other premium compact SUVs, such as the Mercedes-Benz GLK350 and the Audi Q5. Lincoln is keen to jump into this segment, saying that sales of small luxury SUVs grew by almost 60% in 2012 alone and more than 200% in the last four years.

This is just one of four segments Lincoln hopes to enter with all-new products over the next four years. The Chinese market is also a factor in the company's expanding product lineup; Lincoln says its vehicles will go on sale there in the second half of 2014.

2002greenzx3 01-12-2013 11:38 PM

that actually looks pretty good.

TheDriver916 01-12-2013 11:40 PM

That roof is godly.. I'd be surprised if they were able to make that on the real one considering all the safety standards and everything.

Zillon 01-12-2013 11:46 PM

Color me impressed.

elsolo 01-13-2013 01:55 AM

I am surprised FoMoCo hasn't dropped the Lincoln brand completely.

Lincoln sold 82,150 cars in 2012
Ford sold 245,000 Focus, and 260,000 Escapes

(the sales numbers are interesting, most every car I like didn't sell worth a crap)

katiekay 01-13-2013 09:29 AM


Originally Posted by TheDriver916 (Post 4537323)
That roof is godly.. I'd be surprised if they were able to make that on the real one considering all the safety standards and everything.


No way would that roof ever make it out of the concept, they also forgot the doorhandles lol

Stlouis1 01-13-2013 10:39 AM

Glass roof

Originally Posted by TheDriver916 (Post 4537323)
That roof is godly.. I'd be surprised if they were able to make that on the real one considering all the safety standards and everything.

Don't they put a full glass roof on Mustangs already?

mac.mogul 01-13-2013 10:46 AM

Looks great.

Will this one catch fire as well?

misfire 01-13-2013 05:35 PM

interesting. i want to see the Lincoln version of the Focus that was spotted recently

whynotthinkwhynot 01-13-2013 06:05 PM

Everything is great- except that I detest full glass roofs, and yes, those are available now. It just seems crazy to me. I have had convertibles, and sunroof cars. On my ZXW which has a factory sunroof- I have never driven around with the glass not covered up. There's just no insulation other than what can be laminated into a piece of glass. It doesn't seem safe- at all, and it's definitely heavier than what is safe which is why this trend strikes me as crazy. Of course, I feel the same way about oversized wheels, but somebody has made a ton of money installing $100 worth of blocks to lift the $2k car so the $8k wheels will fit.

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