Lincoln C Concept. Click image to enlarge
Lincoln C Concept
Detroit, Michigan – Lincoln unveiled its C Concept compact luxury car at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show today. The company says the concept car was designed with “today’s upscale, urban consumer in mind,” and “brings the presence and elegance of a large Lincoln to a smaller, more efficient car.”
Lincoln says the C Concept stands out for its use of sustainable materials, lightweight construction and excellent fuel economy. It is powered by a 1.6-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and Ford’s all-new dry, dual-clutch Powershift six-speed transmission. The engine produces 178 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque and delivers an estimated 43 mpg (about 5.5 L/100 km) on the highway.
Inside, a sophisticated human machine interface (HMI) and forward-thinking in-car connectivity technologies bring a new dimension to social networking. “Connectivity is as much a luxury for today’s younger car buyer as are the traditional luxuries of wood, leather and a comfortable ride,” said Peter Horbury, executive director of Design, Ford of the Americas. “It means being able to continue your lifestyle seamlessly while you’re on the move.”
LED headlights and taillights are made with prismatic optical elements that “create depth and visual sophistication, while an all-glass roof provides a modern, futuristic look.” The C Concept’s structure has no “B” pillar, and the centre-opening doors are a “classic Lincoln trait that rekindles memories of the 1961 Continental.”