When Lincoln pulled the wraps off the MKC Concept at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, we said that the very attractive concept was going to closely mirror the production vehicle. With few exceptions, a clad prototype recently caught running on public roads seems to substantiate our statement.

From what the pictures reveal, the disguised Lincoln MKC production mule and show concept seem to share the same waistline with identical sculpting over the wheels. The midsection of the two also appear to match with the same flare and styling. The lower rockers have been cleaned up a bit, mainly to be more practical in the real world (the deep chisels on the show car would have collected mud and snow).

Taking a look at the exposed front bumper, we see a very similar lower fascia complete wtih the metal skid plate on the chin. The window profile also seems to match the concept, though we're still unclear exactly how that C- and D-pillar section is going to look. Of course, and it always seems to be the case when concepts evolve into production vehicles, the MKC gains four normal door handles, standard-sized mirrors and a slightly smaller wheel/tire package. We expect the production version of the Lincoln MKC to debut later this year.


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      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really like what they did with this vehicle, looks different than the rest and pretty sophisticated from it's concept.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      The changes are what was to be expected - cladding, door handles, mirrors, etc. Curious to see what the lighting front and rear are like. But the real big questions are powertrain and pricing. My guess is your choice of either the 2.0 ecoboost or the hybrid. Same price point for either option. And I still think the black camouflaged car is the upcoming MKX. It just looks too big to be the MKC.
        Autoholics Anonymous
        @mikeybyte1
        It would be interesting if they would load up a V6 of some kind like the 3.5 or 3.7 to up-show the Escape on the powertrain front like they did with the MKZ. After all there were the spy shots months ago of the Escape mule with the extended front end. I think we will more likely see just EB 2.0 though and maybe that rumored EB 2.3 the Mustang is supposed to receive.
          John
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Autoholics Anonymous
          The 3.5 & 3.7 will not find their way into the Escape but the 2.7 or 3.0 Ecoboost v6's might.
        johnzhouse
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        I would love to see a Hybrid version. I think you may be right about the picture being a MKX. The wheels look small for the size.
          John
          • 1 Year Ago
          @johnzhouse
          Looks to be a Hybrid Escape in the future. There are some hints that I don't think Ford knows its giving away on its dealer connect site.
      postpast
      • 1 Year Ago
      I\'m rooting for Lincoln. At the auto show it seemed their materials were great and they recently launched a large new design studio. The MKC at the show looked awesome and with the amount of tickets I get in older FWD cars I have to say that I don’t think ultimate performance is the way of the future.
      Autoblogist
      • 1 Year Ago
      It\'s gonna have door handles!
      car czar
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice I expected door handles and mirrors, but please please no plastic cladding!!!!
        Lucid Renegade
        • 1 Year Ago
        @car czar
        Yeah, WTF is up with that? I expected it on an Escape, but not this.
          The_Zachalope
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lucid Renegade
          This is a test mule. In all likelihood, they're not throwing full production ready pieces on because either it's not cost effective to do so, or the tooling isn't ready yet.
      TrueDat
      • 1 Year Ago
      really, a great looking vehicle. as long as their is a nice profit margin on this and the new MKZ, Lincoln will be just fine.
      nathan.wilson5
      • 1 Year Ago
      where is the Lincoln Town Car redesign? If they would put their energy and money into revitalizing the Town Car and really making it marketable, it would steal the top spot for livery cars again. www.driverlux.com
      Jesus!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford: king of unnecessary overdone cladding. Its a LUXURY vehicle. There is NOTHING luxurious about unpainted cladding fading! I have said it before I was born a Ford man but they can keep this no thanks. Never thought I would own a GM or Chrysler product but my next purchase will be just that.
      BG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too-large wheels, high slab sides, tiny greenhouse glass, poor rear visibility without the camera, high center of gravity without an obvious increase in interior volume - explain the appeal of this odd little thing?
        cpmanx
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BG
        You have just described pretty much every small luxury CUV. And you may be right on all those points, but people are buying them so Lincoln is just making what the market wants. About time, I might add.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't believe Lincolns still all look just like they did when people were complaining about them. Ford said it would change, but still all I've seen is a new (horrid) looking rear end on the MKZ. Get *rid* of that front grill Lincoln.... we've been trying to tell you for so very long.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        What previous Lincoln vehicle does this look like?
          Healthy Chap
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          The current lineup. I mean, it's an evolution of the current design language which is failing Ford.
      24994J
      • 1 Year Ago
      This could seriously have potential. Lincoln proved with the MKZ that, while it's a polarizing design, the concepts translate well when put into production.
        Teleny411
        • 1 Year Ago
        @24994J
        Polarizing is being polite. The MKZ is a hideous eyesore of a vehicle. Looking at it makes me want to vomit. I can't believe that such a foul looking beast comes from the same company whose Continentals were nearly as handsome as Bentleys.
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