Lincoln MKC Concept
With the MKC Concept presented at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show Lincoln previews its first model in the compact luxury crossover segment.
Based on the Ford Escape platform, the MKC’s exterior is characterized by a dynamic stance, with an arched roofline and a rising belt line and large 20-inch wheels framed by flared wheel-arches.
“The MKC Concept has a wonderful stance and sits beautifully on its wheels,” said Murat Gueler, MKC Concept lead exterior designer.
“It has a sleek, sculpted body and wheel arches and elegant shoulders. The lines of the vehicle appear relatively simple on first look but with a second view reveal a dynamic three dimensionality.”
The surface treatment adopts sculpted surfaces with sharp crease lines. In side view, the main design element is the sharp character line that extends from the headlight to the rear tailgate, giving shape to two muscular shoulder and washing out under the B-pillar.
The front end features the signature split-wing grille – a styling cue introduced with the Zephyr in the 1930s, and reinterpreted with the 2012 MKZ.
The rear end is characterized by the full-width tail-lights – showcasing the same theme as the MKZ – and the distinctive clamshell liftgate, which is executed with side-view cutline that underlines the horizontal lines of the rear section.
“This approach eliminates the traditional vertical cutline on the rear seen on utilities, which in turn contributes to the athletic presence of the vehicle,” Gueler adds.
The refined execution is completed with the frameless windows and the large fixed panoramic roof that runs the length of the vehicle.
The concept shown at the Geneva show was painted in a high-end cream- based color, with a tri-metallic coat.
The four-passenger interior is characterized by natural, premium materials.
“There is a significant upgrade in materials and a stylish, fashion-oriented package. The materials are combined with progressive combinations and uses of stitching and colors,” said Soo Kang, Lincoln interior design chief.
Just like MKZ – which sets the tone for the brand’s thoughtful new approach to design – the MKC Concept features a distinct push-button gear shift selector.
This enables a flowing, expressive and architectural center console design covered with riveting details, and unique colors and materials.
The headliner is wrapped with high-end material, providing a warm and luxurious feel.
Other refined details include finishes like appliqués cut from layers of reconstructed natural wood infused with a metallic flake for a glistening effect on the steering wheel, upper instrument panel and door panels.
“There is a rich softness to the exterior and interior palette of the MKC Concept,” said Susan Lampinen, group chief designer, Color & Material Design.
“The leather-wrapped architecture complements the open-pore and designer hand-dyed woods.”
Lincoln MKC Concept dimensions
- Wheelbase: 106.9 in./2,717.2 mm
- Overall length: 179.3 in./4,550 mm
- Width without mirrors: 76.1 in./1,932.6 mm
- Width with mirrors: 80 in./2,032.3 mm
- Height: 63.2 in./1,607.1 mm