Automotive News is reporting today that Ford has confirmed to analysts that Lincoln will be getting a seven-passenger crossover vehicle based on the same platform as the upcoming production version of the Ford Fairlane. The Lincoln crossover's codename is D472 and it's expected to reach showrooms next year as a 2009 model. Here's the important nugget of info: the Lincoln crossover will not be a rebadged Ford Fairlane. While it will share "hard points" with the Fairlane, the entire skin should be all Lincoln and sport the double-wing grille, high beltline and thin taillamps that we've been told will be Lincoln's styling cues going forward. Peter Horbury, Ford's Design Chief in the U.S., compared the D472's styling with the "sleekness of a Gulfstream jet." We should expect that by 2009 other vehicles in Lincoln's lineup like the MKZ, MKX and Navigator will also get the double-wing grille treatment to match new products like this seven-seat crossover and the upcoming MKS sedan.
[Source: Automotive News]

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