Here's the problem with releasing a concept: More often than not, people expect you to build it. So when a source tells you that a showcar doesn't have a shot at production, many assume it's been killed. Unless, that is, it was never going to come to market in the first place.

Such is the case with the fetching Lincoln Concept C, originally shown at the Detroit Auto Show in 2009.

Ford Inside News reports that the Concept C has been axed, but the truth is, it was never confirmed for production in the first place. Instead, Lincoln's three-year plan includes seven all-new or "significantly refreshed" models, one of which will sport a diminutive footprint. But is it a C-segment vehicle? Sorta.

Rather than rework a sedan/hatch based on the Ford Focus platform – something Lincoln is shying away from as it attempts to move away from the badge-engineering game – our source tells us that Lincoln's previously announced C-segment entrant is likely to be a compact CUV based off the new Escape platform with a reworked stance and a different seating setup. And if our tea leaves are in order, we'd expect to see some kind of concept version within the next year, likely sporting a hybrid-electric drivetrain.


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      fairfireman21
      • 2 Hours Ago
      I for one am glad it is not being built OH MY GOD IS THAT UGLY AS HELL! We have way too many ugly cars as it is on the roads, we do not need another one that would probably have an out landish price tag coming from Lincoln.
        postpast
        • 2 Hours Ago
        @fairfireman21
        I disagree, I like the look of it. As for your "out landish price tag coming from Lincoln" Lincoin sells there there cars 10 to 30 percent less then other luxury brands. Small luxury cars will be here soon,, Lincoin just missed a chance to be a leader
      winc06
      • 2 Hours Ago
      It is too nice a styling exercise not to use it some way.
      Lazybones
      • 2 Hours Ago
      Wow...now theres a car thats been seriously beaten with the ugly stick. Interior is ok, but this car would need to come with a free brown paper bag to put over the drivers head.
      imoore
      • 2 Hours Ago
      Personally, I would like to see something fresh and exciting from Lincoln-period. Either that, or Ford just kill the brand entirely. All I'm hearing and seeing is all talk and no action. I would have even settled for something similar to that wierd-looking concept pictured above. I'm getting the feeling that Ford is pulling our leg here.
      • 2 Hours Ago
      i don't know too many people under 50 who are in the market to buy a luxury car that would be caught dead in a lincoln , buick or a chrysler....I think chrsyler was on to something when they build the 300... Lincoln needs to dig up the old names and do some retro styling like a new cool town car that would be like the 300. maybe pull up the name cougar ( from mercury) for a variation of the mustang. I have no clue what the MK are. The only other alternative was to push a recognized brand like Volvo but i think that ship has selled. YOu can go any where in the world and people know Mercedes and BMW. Lincoln needs either to pack it in.