The Lincoln MKC Concept

The Lincoln MKC Concept shows a bright future for Ford's luxury brand

The 2013 Detroit Auto Show introduced the world to the new Lincoln MKC Concept – a great looking compact SUV that should go a long way in proving Lincoln dealerships with the fresh vehicles that the luxury brand so desperately needs.

The Lincoln MKC Concept is based on the same chassis architecture as the Ford Escape and the Ford C-Max but this compact luxury SUV is far more than just a rebadged version of the popular Escape. While the differences might be minor, the MKC differs from the Escape in almost every exterior dimension with a longer wheelbase, a longer overall length, a wider stance, and a lower ride height. On top of the slight differences in the various dimensions, the Lincoln MKC Concept features an exterior design that looks nothing like the popular new Ford Escape.

The new Lincoln MKC Concept shares many of the basic styling directions of the new MKZ midsized sedan and that begins with a similar front end design that we see across the entire current Lincoln brand lineup. In some cases, an automaker who tries to apply a similar style to an entire family of vehicles can go awry when those features are properly fit to the size or shape of the vehicle but in the case of the new MKC Concept – the bold front end treatment looks fabulous. The split wing grille design, with large, prominent upper grille openings that flow out into high tech LED and projection headlights give the MKC the look of something like an MKS or MKZ on steroids. The relation between these vehicles is obvious but surprisingly, the MKC might just wear this front end design better than the production models that share the look.

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Guys, Lincoln rivals Cadillac, Audi, BMW, Lexus, etc., not Chrysler, Buick, Volvo, Acura, etc.

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