Lincoln C Concept: For 'Curiosity,' Perhaps?

By Editors on January 30, 2009 10:46 AM
Lincoln claims the C Concept is so named for its Ford Focus-derived "C segment" dimensions. We've had fun coming up with our own takes, but the more we look, the more we like. Above all, we're happy to see Lincoln thinking small and decidedly out of the box. Under the hood, the C Concept features a small but mighty 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine good for 180 horsepower. A new dual-clutch, six-speed transmission rounds out the advanced powertrain, which Ford claims is capable of delivering 43 highway miles per gallon. Inside, two three-row bench seats provide seating for six -- accessed via center-opening, "suicide" doors -- and an in-car "companion," named "EVA," can do things like sense the driver's mood and suggest an appropriate song. We don't expect to see anything even resembling a production version of the C Concept on the road anytime soon, but many of its powertrain and in-car technologies are already on their way (not EVA, though).