When a car manufacturer releases a concept-car openly previewing a production model, journalists and prospects alike always hope that most of the concept bits will make it to the dealership’s showroom but outlandish wheel designs, diminutive headlights and almost non-existent rear view mirrors usually make a concept look good with little or no regard to existing regulations.
Still, every now and then, a concept catches the public’s eye not because of its surrealist details but because of its overall packaging or an interesting style and identity. Such was the case with the Lincoln MKC Concept when it debuted at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show last January as a preview of the brand’s new 2015 crossover.
Its taut lines, boldy styled grille and full-width tail lights showed that the new styling direction chosen by Max Wolff was truly maturing into a proper brand identity consistent with the choices made for the 2013 MKZ. For once, critics and journalists were unanimous to say the MKC combined the best cues from American and German competitors!
Since January, spies have shot the production version of the new MKC quite a few times but its design would always be hidden behind significant amounts of cladding. Until now. Pictures released by Autoblog.com show that the MKC has managed to retain most of its concept’s features: its grille, full-width trunk opening and tail lights, as well as overall lines have been preserved and truly differentiate it from the plebeian Ford Escape with which it shares some of its underpinnings.
The production Lincoln MKC should be officially revealed in a few months and be released as a 2015 model sporting the optional Black Label treatment unveiled at the last Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.