• Jan 7th 2013 at 11:31AM
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Lincoln Continental Mark X1 ConceptDesigner Josiah LaCalla has taken a stab at what a Ford Mustang-based Lincoln model might look like with the Continental Mark X1 concept. Make no mistake, Ford's luxury arm has made it abundantly clear that it won't be pursuing any new products outside of volume models, which means a flashy halo grand tourer like the one you see here isn't in the cards. LaColla used the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG as a basis for his creation, which explains the long nose, but we certainly don't mind the idea of a rear-wheel drive Lincoln with a cabin pushed to the aft.

While we're dreaming, there's certainly nothing stopping us from imagining what's under that lengthy hood. We like the idea of the 5.8-liter supercharged V8 from the Shelby GT500 pushing the Mark X1 down the road, but how about something a little more inventive? Something like a high-revving, buttery V12 with enough torque to push the contraption well past 200 miles per hour. Dream a little dream, people.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      "Make no mistake, Ford's luxury arm has made it abundantly clear that it won't be pursuing any new products outside of volume models, " Recipe for mediocre, uncompetitive luxury brand... Check.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wtf is this thing? That front end looks ridiculous.
      • 2 Years Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      I actually sort of like the side profile. But the nose is odd, and not really to my taste. That being said, something like this NEEDS TO HAPPEN LINCOLN. Without something to provide a modicum of interest in your brand, Lincoln will die. I am a diehard Ford fanboy and I have not given two craps about anything Lincoln has made since the MkVIII left production (with the exception of the MKZ for my mom, who just wanted a more comfortable Fusion). You are BORING, Lincoln. Do SOMETHING interesting, please, for your sake and ours.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This has to be the craziest headlight-to-grill ratio ever seen on a car. There are a lot of lines on this I like, but the whole front fascia is just unsettling to me.
      Brandon Allen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Everyone knows Lincoln should work on a RWD super sedan using the Mustang Engine. Why try to compete with the Mustang with something in the exact same niche? Lincoln's brand won't carry buyers away from the mustang to get their version as Lincoln is more of a gentleman's brand (and as of now they are just an old gentleman's brand) A Super Sedan with the 5.0 under the hood and RWD would both liven the Lincoln lineup, give Lincoln something UNUQUE to sell and would enter Ford into a niche that it currently has no contenders for. GM has the CTS-V, Ford should go after them even if it's on a budget level.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brandon Allen
        While a super sedan is a good idea, a Mustang and a Lincoln wouldn't compete. All serious Luxury brands new a coupe. That's just how it is. Without one, they will always fall behind Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. Naturally, a Lincoln coupe would sit at a higher price point than Mustangs.
      Reno Dillard
      • 2 Years Ago
      It has potential. Give it more room for grand touring (think 6-series). It it is to be built off the Mustang platform, the performance level should be less than that of the premium GT. As for the grill.......what was wrong with the LS grill or that of the first Navigator. They were million times better looking that the split-wing thing they have going on.
      XJ Yamaha
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you take your finger and cover everything in front of the front wheel on the smaller picture of the red car, it's actually very attractive. Ford seems fairly adamant about Lincoln not having any niche or specialty models, and I feel like that's what the brand needs to actually succeed. I don't foresee the new MKZ doing well enough to consider the brand "on the turn around" and I fear the MKC to be shown at the Detroit Show will be an obvious work over of the Escape. I really hope i'm incorrect, as I'd love to see Lincoln have the same successful turn around as Cadillac has had over the past few years, but i'm just not feeling it....
        Fat man
        • 2 Years Ago
        @XJ Yamaha
        that is because it would looks SLS...which he did the over lay on...
      • 2 Years Ago
      Snout is to long and complex but looks promising.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I kind of like it. Needs to be toned down a good bit though.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This thing looks like a mass produced Twin Mill. If the nose was adjusted a bit it would look sweet.
      Speed Devil
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a start to say the least At the very least, a new mark series based on the new mustang would be perfect; somewhat new blood and a caddy rival would definitely be a sales booster
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