When the Lincoln MKC Concept debuted back in January, it received fairly positive feedback from both Autoblog editors and readers alike, and this bodes well for the production version of the luxury crossover judging by these latest spy shots. Reader Ivan Lo captured a few pictures of some MKC prototypes driving around with minimal camouflage, which gives us our best look yet at the design of this new Escape-based Lincoln.

Based on the spy shots from back in May, we already knew that the production MKC would sport some real door handles, a little side cladding and bigger door mirrors, but these latest shots also show us that the rear quarter windows have been enlarged and the integrated dual exhaust outlets have been replaced by round pipes. This means that the MKC will retain the concept's narrow headlights and what is arguably Lincoln's best execution of its split-wing grille. Even better, the rear view confirms the stylish horizontal taillights will remain intact, as well as the Audi-like wraparound liftgate. Since the entire taillight assembly rises along with the liftgate, redundant lights were also added into the rear fascia.

Unfortunately, the low angle of these spy shots leaves us without a view of the interior, but based on its looks alone, the MKC is shaping up to be a promising vehicle for a brand that so badly needs some fresh metal.

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      Smooth Motor
      • 1 Year Ago
      MKC, MKZ, MKT, MKX - an alphabet soup of meaningless letters.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Smooth Motor
        What are your thoughts on the GM naming of their Lexu Chevy's!!?? ATS, CTS, XTS, XLR !!?? I dont hear squaking about those Jerk-Off........
          • 1 Year Ago
          Chevys. You are clearly a moronic idiot.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks better than the MKZ, which I actually kind of like. If that rear end has a full tail light bar like the MKZ, it'll look so good. I'm happy that the lines along the belt line are staying, even if they aren't as pronounced as the concept.
      Chris Hickey
      • 1 Year Ago
      We all knew it was going to have to change before it hit the pavement... I will save my opinions till i actually see it in final form minus camo and the real interior
      • 1 Year Ago
      Also a log of comments on the naming scheme. Someone here suggested they keep the MK but then go to numbers to show the hierarchy. I sort of like that idea. And if they do that go back to what the "MK" was supposed to be - a shortening of "Mark". Maybe they could use letters for CUV/SUV and numbers for sedans. Mk3, Mk5, Mk7 etc. (Mark 3, Mark 5...). Might work for them, along with showing a basic progression up the hierarchy. It's always bothered me that the Z is cheaper than the S model. Also the MKT costs more than the MKX.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Eh, the naming scheme could be better, but it could be a lot worse. *Looking at you BMW and Infiniti*
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really like this car. I hope it does well, would love to see Lincoln make a comeback. Lincoln has made some great automobiles, my favorite American car of all is the 1956 Continental Mark ll. Ford should have drawn more on that car for today's design. I like the zephyr grille on the new Lincolns, but the Mark ll was special.
      Felipe Politano
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope they can differentiate its engines properly from the Escape's. Maybe it could go like that: Escape: 2.5, 1.5 Ecoboost (177hp), 2.0 Ecoboost (240hp) MKZ: 1.6 Ecoboost (the 197hp version from the Fiesta ST), 2.0 Ecoboost (the 247hp version from the Focus ST), 2.0 Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid (from the MKZ)
      • 1 Year Ago
      Most of the time I say little about spy shots because one really never can tell what the final product will look like .. The Lincoln MKC concept was gorgeous ... this is NOT!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ugly, Ugly car. Remarkably, all they have to do is fix the front end. That grill belongs on a snow plow not a luxury car.. Some of their cars are actually not all that bad looking from the rear and could make a dent in the market. But they just seem to not get it.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why does it need camo. Its just a blown up version of the mkz...
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      After seeing the concept (which was amazing) I was really excited for the possibility of this car saving Lincoln. I am very disappointed to see that the stylish and attractive concept has been neutered into what reminds me of a cross between a Buick Enclave and Acura MDX, and frankly every other CUV on the road. Gone is the squat, athletic stance that made the concept so cool. It has the Escape's greenhouse from the C-pillars forward, and also gone is the sleek tapered roofline of the concept, replaced here by a big fat rump. At least the clamshell rear hatch made it, but the effect is not nearly as dramatic on a taller vehicle. And it is noticeably taller, to the detriment of the overall design. The stylish chisels in the bodywork have also sadly been toned down. It appears that the sweet LED headlamps of the concept have been replaced by traditional units. It also looks like it has lost some of the [badly needed] definition in that grille. This could have been so, so much better. Lincoln, I am disappointed.
      E85 450HP Forester
      • 1 Year Ago
      MKC, Z, X...., WTF I work in the Auto industry I have no clue which one is which, so the regular Joe will have a harder time, Lincoln loose the stupid naming convention and grills, that would be a start.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @E85 450HP Forester
        Agree. Zephyr, Aviator, Navigator, Continental, Mark, Lido, Capri are beautiful names.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @E85 450HP Forester
        Funny how I've never had a problem telling one MK- from another. How is Lincoln's naming structure any worse than Acura's? Just because you can't be bothered to familiarize yourself with it does not mean it's "stupid".
          • 1 Year Ago
          You're right, if you pay a little attention, it's not hard to figure out which MK(fill-in-the-blank) is which. As I'm not a fan of Lincoln, I don't care what naming convention they use, but seeing as how they've always had actual names, I don't see how using the three letter designation is giving them an upscale image. I think E85's idea of working in the auto industry is working at a porter, or parts driver.
      • 1 Year Ago
      They keep getting close... that Fusion sister the MKwhatever looks pretty gorgeous- but it's a stuffy sedan instead of a hatch- like an A7. Bummer. This concept for this MKwhatever was pretty chic. Now it looks like a Hyundai rental car. Bummer. Lincoln- we want you to have BALLS. Be BOLD. Milquetoast isn't going to cut it.
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