Lincoln may be working on a new small crossover built on the same platform as the Ford Escape. Our spy photographers recently spotted this early development vehicle out on public streets around Detroit. Slightly larger than its non-luxury sire, the model may bow with a new interpretation of the Ecoboost four-cylinder. It doesn't take a keen eye to spot the larger intercooler stuck low in the hacked front fascia of the Escape. Word has it the vehicle could make use of a new 2.7-liter turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder engine, though power figures are still absent at the moment.

What will Lincoln call its newest addition? Chances are the company will stick with the confusing MK-based naming structure it currently uses, and early reports hint the CUV may fly under the MKD banner. Why D? Your guess is as good as ours. The luxury CUV segment is a volume powerhouse at the moment, and Lincoln would be wise to offer buyers a product in that segment. Whether the MKD can manage to be more than a gussied-up Ford remains to be seen, however.


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      fuzzyfish6
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here's hoping it'll be more than just an Escape with a different front clip, new rear hatch, and a slightly better interior.
      Edward
      • 2 Years Ago
      When Ford killed off the Mercury, they also killed off a bunch of dealers, who hadn't the volume by selling Lincolns to stay open. Now, it's getting tougher to even find a Lincoln store. The end is near for this old time but surplus brand.
      Mike J
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ok Lincoln stop and take a breath you are about to step back into just slapping a badge on a Ford. If you cant put a V6 and style this inside and out completely then don't just don't. If this ain't a Lincoln.....then never mind!
      Dane Grant
      • 2 Years Ago
      Or maybe it is a Escape ST?
      Lee Hiller
      • 2 Years Ago
      A re-birth of the Mariner perhaps.
      Nick Allain
      • 2 Years Ago
      So they killed Mercury to make Lincoln into Mercury? Huh?
        joejoe509
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        Lol. Lincoln has suffered its own badge engineering mistakes over the years, but yeah that's just about the perfect comment.
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yay...more mediocre rabadges of hopeless, mediocre appliances. Lincoln needs to die. They don't have a snowballs chance of building anything worth spending real money on.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        [blocked]
        nomadsto
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        I dont think they need to die but your very right, what they're producing now aint gonna cut it!
      Matt Frawley
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lincoln brand is junkie.
      mylz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Considering the fact that literally everything in Lincolns line up is nothing more than a rebadged ford with that extremely fugly looking grill i would not be surprised. So far the only platform lincoln has from ford that does not look like the ford counter part is the mkt and it is by far one of the worst looking vehicles in that class segment. What they were thinking when they designed that thing is beyond me
      Vinuuz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wasn't there some big hoopla about Lincoln getting all separately developed models etc and a new design language? This definitely won't help. Lincoln Fail!
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Vinuuz
        Calm down. It is a development mule, they might just be using an Escape as the body.
          Drakkon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          Who gets the job of grafting a disparate body onto a here-to-fore non-existent chassis? Talk about a fab shop.
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Vinuuz
        In case you haven't noticed, even Lincoln's old, pre-seperation lineup doesn't share anything on the front or rear fascia. This is a super-early pre-production mule. They're probably trying to figure out powertrain and how much to stretch/lengthen/wide the platform, then once that is all figured out they will design a car based on the parameters they need.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did anyone consider that this might just be a performance version of an Escape? ie Escape ST/RS/SHO
      mn12net
      • 2 Years Ago
      Get rid of the stupid names.. Even us Automotive guys have to describe what Lincoln we are talking about. I usually say "MK whatever"
        voidaudio
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mn12net
        Agreed, the nonsensical alphabet soup making up Lincoln model names is even worse than the stuff that Acura has been churning out.
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