Just a few days ago we reported that Lincoln is preparing to add a new baby crossover to its lineup and today we have created a rendering that will help give you an idea of how the 2014 MKC will look.
As you can see, we have based our rendering on the previous rumors that suggested the MKC will be based on the Ford Escape platform and will feature design elements seen in the recently launched MKZ, including the new horizontal grille that makes the MKC looking pretty aggressive.
Under the hood, Lincoln will place several different powertrain options, almost certainly including the Ford 2.0-liter and a smaller 1.6-liter turbocharged EcoBoost. These engines will transform the MKC into a real competitor for models like BMW X1.
Lincoln will unveil the first concept version in just a few days at the Detroit Auto Show, so we’ll find out pretty soon how close we were with our rendering.
New spy shots suggest Lincoln MKT is still under a green light for production in 2009. As TopSpeed reported in January, the Ford Flex based MKT will be a full-sized crossover with an eye for fuel efficiency. Powering the MKT will be a V-6 version of Ford’s new line of direct-injected turbocharged engines known as EcoBoost, which can run on regular gas or E85 ethanol. In this Lincoln, Ford says it should produce 415 horsepower while getting 20% better gas mileage than a comparable engine.
Lincoln has to get this one right to stay competitive. The luxury SUV/Crossover market already is flooded with top-notch talent (like the Acura MDX) and more are on the way (like the Audi Q5.) The original concept for the MKT included a panoramic sunroof and the use of lightweight and recyclable materials. No word yet on how much of this will make it in to production. From a design standpoint, current reports indicate that the testing vehicle’s shape still closely follows the concept MKT that was unveiled earlier this year.
Caught on the streets in Michigan is a camouflaged sedan that may be the next baby Lincoln, the 2009 M, expected to be shown at the Detroit Auto Show this January. The engine expected is a V-6, originally shown in the MKR concept last year. Expect a new grill design, as well.
Lincoln unveiled the MKS Concept at the Detroit auto show in January and a production version is expected to be unveiled in 2009. The MKS will replace the Town Car on Lincoln line-up.
The 2009 MKS will be powered by a V6 engine power and will feature front-wheel drive, six-speed transmission and a unitized body structure.