According to the Detroit Free Press, we may see a new small Lincoln crossover crop up sometime soon. Reports indicate that Ford is looking to build another small, fuel-efficient vehicle at the company's Louisville Assembly Plant, and that the mini-ute will likely sail under the Lincoln banner when it hits the light of day. The goal, according to some unnamed Ford executives, is to have a vehicle below the MKX that can better lock horns with the Lexus RX.

Officially, the Louisville plant will stop producing the Ford Explorer on December 13, at which time the facility will undergo a large renovation to prepare to build vehicles like the Ford Escape. The Freep reports that the small Lincoln is still under development, and that details are scarce as to what buyers can expect to see from the creation. Logic points to something that can seat 5-7 people with power from a four-cylinder or V6 engine and available with either front- or all-wheel drive.

Still, Lincoln has made it clear to dealers that it could be as much as two year before any genuinely new models surface. If that's true, this machine isn't likely to see the light of day until 2012 or later.

[Source: Detroit Free Press]