Lincoln wants a small crossover based on Ford Escape

Article by Christian A., on August 22, 2012

Lincoln said that it won’t be planning a halo car for quite a long time and instead, the brand will be targeted at bigger volume segments first. The first step in Lincoln’s plan is a luxury crossover. The Lincoln crossover is based on the recently redesigned Ford Escape and will be going up against models like the Lexus RX, Mercedes GLK, Volvo XC60 and the Audi Q5.

It’s believed that the new crossover is would go on sale at around two years from today. It may be launched in 2013 as a 2014 model year vehicle. Lincoln isn’t expected to go up against rivals in the smaller niche segments so it is focusing its efforts on the volume sellers to be successful.

Lincoln product development chief Scott Tobin told Autonews that this small premium utility segment has been growing at the fastest rate. Tobin added that Lincoln hasn’t totally ruled out having a flagship car. He said that it is entertaining the possibility of a D-segment flagship vehicle.

New Ford Escape provides SUV owners the flexibility and storage capacity they expect, along with the sporty, athletic design they want.

Escape’s sporty appearance was not an accident. The Ford designers wanted to craft a new body that conveys the sensation of the athleticism of running or swimming – all the way down to muscle definition expressing energy and movement.

The new Ford Escape SUV will go on sale in North America with a launch under the Kuga emblem in other markets worldwide.

The form here dictates the function because the smoother design facilitates a cargo space that is greater than the previous Ford Escape. The new model boasts a 68.1 cu. ft. space at the back of the first row and a 34.3 cu. ft space in the back of the second row. The Kuga variation will be a little bit longer than before, adding cargo space.

The seats in the Escape are Ford's latest design. They have a lighter weight, but they still offer additional customer convenience. The seat configuration is three pounds less, but the seats structures themselves have even more functions – with powered two-way recline and powered two-way lumbar support. These are on top of the normally expected six-way adjustments available.

Also available is a sport seat that has higher bolsters and a unique sewing style.

The head restraint for the front can now be adjusted four different ways, a feature not available before. The rear seats and head restraints are filled with soy-based foam, and they have been improved for more convenient folding.

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