Lincoln Shows MKC Concept Luxury Small Utility in Detroit

January 24, 2013

<p>The split-wing grille design is inspired by the Zephyr Lincoln signature design element, according to the brand. Photo courtesy Lincoln.</p>

Ford’s Lincoln Motor Co. brand showed a new concept luxury small utility vehicle in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show. Lincoln said it sees the luxury utility segment as a key growth opportunity and plans to release four all-new vehicles targeting the “highest growth” segments over the next four years.

The MKC Concept is based on what Lincoln calls its “Lincoln Design DNA,” which is shown in the new MKZ. Key exterior design elements noted by Lincoln on the MKC Concept is a liftgate design with a side-view cutline, frameless windows, a white metallic tri-coat paint, 20-inch premium wheels with polished chrome rims, and a large fixed panoramic roof that runs the length of the vehicle. Up front, the utility vehicle features a split-wing grille design, a sculpted hood, and LED lighting.

<p>The MKC Concept features premium leather throughout the interior. Photo courtesy Lincoln.</p>

Inside the vehicle, the headliner is wrapped with a high-end material and leather is prominent throughout. The pillars are wrapped with premium leather. The seats feature premium leather and crimson stitch accents and have an embroidered Lincoln star on them. The door trim uppers, armrests, bolsters, console side rails, instrument panel, and cargo area also feature leather. The floor mats feature the Lincoln Star lattice pattern.

Additional interior features include appliques made of reconstructed natural wood and a push-button gear shift selector.

The automaker did not reveal any powertrain or performance information about the MKC Concept.

<p>The clamshell liftgate design is another signature element on the MKC Concept. Photo courtesy Lincoln.</p>