Is Lincoln planning a compact concept for the LA Auto Show?

Lincoln Concept C – Click above for high-res image gallery

According to Automotive News, there may be a new Lincoln concept headed to this year's Los Angeles Auto Show, based on Ford's global small car platform. Information on the car is scarce for now, as Ford is keeping its lips buttoned on the rumor. Though the company won't spill its guts on the possible luxury compact, anonymous insiders claim designers are plugging away as we speak and the car is forthcoming.

We first got a glimpse at a possible Lincoln-branded compact at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, where the automaker debuted the Concept C (pictured above). This concept was powered by a 1.6-liter EcoBoost inline-four mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, so perhaps this new, Los Angeles-bound concept is simply a further evolution of the funky little Lincoln from a few years back. The Concept C was said to ride on next-gen (2012) Focus architecture, after all.

The move would certainly make sense for Dearborn, as Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz both have luxury concepts penned and aimed at production. For now, we're left to wait until the LA Auto Show in November to see what the Blue Oval's luxury department has in store.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]

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