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As we reported yesterday, Lincoln is likely to get a version of the seven-seat Flex crossover a year after it debuts with a Blue Oval badge. Here's verifiable proof. KGP Photographers have caught a Taurus X-based mule wearing Lincoln's new split grille that will first appear on the MKS sedan. We thought the new nose looked large on the MKS, but it's at least a foot tall for this application. Its oversized dimensions make the mule in these pics look like a humpback whale that's beached itself on an Arctic coast. Quick, somebody feed it some krill before it dies.

While we can't say what the rest of the body will look like, don't expect it to share any body panels with the boxy Ford Flex. We envision a big, low-riding CUV with more flowing lines for Lincoln.

[Source: KGP Photography]


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      Chris
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is why Mercury is going to get the axe because they dont have any new products on the way.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Chris
        Yeah, just like my beloved Oldsmobile. (Crying for the Hurst/Olds, 442, W30 package, Dr. Oldsmobile, and 455 ROCKET)

        Bring back the Turnpike Cruiser! Hey it would be a great name for a Marquis up-level model
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok ok people we need to calm down about the whole lincoln mercury argument. It's a Lincoln and that's just how it is gonna be if you like it or not.

      Now back to the vehicle in question, since it's a mule the only part that could make it to production is the front clip and I actually like the look. It's in-your-face like the mkr. Also the general lines remind me of the look cadillac has done for its new remodeled showcase(BIG ,in-your-face with sharp lines).

      The last thing the photo shows is Ford is not just rebadging the flex. The hidden frame will be the same but the body will be all new. No box here. Now I'm just gonna have to wait and see if the rest of the body matches the front and if the interior is top notch.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How does KGP know it's a mule for the Flex, and not a Lincoln version of the Taurus X?

      It'd be able to suck in an adults, but that center divider in the grill gets in the way. Unfortunately, it could only do midget twins.
        • 7 Years Ago
        This wouldn't be the first time Ford did something stupid.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Those wheels are teh sex!

      The rest, not so much.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree the wheels are nice. But the front grille is scary bad.

        Didn't Mitsubishi try this "melted snozz" look a few years ago and almost fall off the sales map with it? It's too bad whoever in Ford design thought this grille was a good idea can't be held accountable. That guy's a tool.

        I predict lackluster Lincoln sales for the full five year design cycle, sadly. I guess since the interior's nice, it's a good option for people who never walk back to their car, who never have to see the exterior. Maybe it's aimed at sleepwalker/drivers.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I feel like it's going to eat me. And I'm not a small guy. (Just over 6')
      • 7 Years Ago
      Totally guys, that does look like a Taurus X with a chrome waterfall grille! Maybe its some kind of test mule for something else that Ford is trying to confuse us with. About a decade ago Ford had a TownCar test mule with a V12 (2 Duratec 6s welded together) in it running around their proving grounds. It was just an exercise to test the engine and the TownCar was the only thing it would fit into.

      On AutoBlog it would be reported as "V12 TownCar Due Out By Next Year!!!!"
      Chris
      • 7 Years Ago
      I also liked Oldsmobile but they needed better products just like Mercury. And sadly you see what happened.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The side photo looks like it's just a rebadged Taurux X
      • 7 Years Ago
      that looks like a taurus X/Freestyle to me....not a Flex.
        • 7 Years Ago
        D'oh.....guess i missed that line - my bad.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "KGP Photographers have caught a Taurus X-based mule wearing Lincoln's new split grille..."

        Did you even read the article? It is a Taurus X body with a Linc grille. The whole thing looks to me like it is on the extended version of the D3 platform, which is what the Flex will ride on. The regular version is what the Taurus X (among others) uses.
      • 7 Years Ago
      All of you Mercury farts need to just hang it up. As Keyshia Cole's said, Let it go!
        Chris
        • 7 Years Ago
        What difference does it make to you if we like Mercury?

        And What difference does it make to you if we think Mercury should be getting these new vehicles instead of Lincoln?

        And I for one am not just going to hang it up!!
      Chris
      • 7 Years Ago
      This should be a Mercury not a damn Lincoln.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Chris
        Yeah Mercury Fan,

        You must love that Ford announced (according to a previous post) that they want Lincoln to be the "volume leader" compared to Mercury. That is a total load of crap idea on their part. Ford should be #1 in their sales volume, Mercury should be #2, Lincoln should be #3 and very exclusive.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Chris
        Mercury is so close to getting the axe.... why bother coming out with new product. Besides, they have the Mariner. :)

        BRING BACK THE MARAUDER!!!
        Chris
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Chris
        I agree Dan.
      • 7 Years Ago
      We will have to wait and see what the whole thing looks like but to me that Grill looks like something the Joker would drive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Those wheels ar Hawt!

      Ford should make those wheels standard on every car they sell.

      As mutant as that mule is all I see are those wheels.
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