It's days away from a world premiere at the 2009 Detroit auto show, but the 2010 Lincoln MKT is already running around naked on the streets of Detroit--in winter cold, at that.
We just caught prototypes for Lincoln's MKT devoid of its heavy camouflage, revealing the concept-inspired styling that was hiding beneath. Seeing the MKT's design in the real world, with nothing but paltry graphic tape to trick the eye, was telling. The waistline kicks-up helps at the C-pillar just as it does on the MKT concept, leading to an interesting shelf on the rear hatch, which helps to provide some separation from the usual crossover/SUV shape. The enormous Lincoln split grille isn't the least bit subtle, and it ain't exactly pretty, but it does a fine job of attracting the eye, as it easily caught ours amid white-out conditions in heavy traffic.
We also managed to get a clean interior shot, and the MKT displays a clean, handsome, upscale dash design. One of the prototypes was completely badged-out, with both the MKT and Ecoboost logos on full display. We also caught the MKT parked next to the outgoing MKX, to see the design (r)evolution taking place in the Lincoln brand. It may not be quite as groundbreaking as Cadillac's Art & Science design trend was when it began to remake the Wreath-and-Crest brand, but the MKT's arrival will make for the strongest Lincoln lineup in years.
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