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Lincoln : MK9 Concept

Lincoln MK 9 Coupe Concept Unveiled In New York

NEW YORK, NY, April 10, 2001 - The all-new Lincoln MK 9 coupe concept points to the design direction of future Lincoln vehicles and is a statement of the brand's "American Luxury" signature.

The concept - unveiled at this year's New York Auto Show - features optimized proportions and stance, combined with an overall restraint in execution. The interior is designed to be indulgent and comfortable - all characteristics that define "American Luxury."

 

Lincoln MK9 Concept
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"The Lincoln MK 9 displays a timeless elegance borne of the design's inherent simplicity and visual logic, while its overall exuberance is unmistakably American," says Lincoln Design Director Gerry McGovern. "During the next several years, Lincoln will build on the design direction evident in the MK 9 through new concept and production vehicles."

Intrinsic details of the MK 9's exterior, such as the chrome-accented upper shoulder line that runs the length of the vehicle, are applied with absolute precision. Gloss black paint highlights the superb execution of the body surfaces.

Lincoln MK9 Concept
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The face of the MK 9 incorporates an evolution of a Lincoln signature grille flanked by twin xenon gas discharge headlamps. The turn signal indicators are integrated into each lamp unit.

The elegant and sophisticated appearance of the MK 9's front fenders and hood are enhanced by functional air vents. Each prominent fender outlet is part of a ring frame that traces the sill and door aperture to enhance structural integrity. The ring frames also act as mounting surfaces for the machined aluminum door hinges, which provide excellent articulation to improve ingress and egress. The lower sections of the ring frames are exposed to give precise highlights along the rocker surfaces.

The aluminum door handles are flush-mounted to the MK 9's door skin and present themselves to the driver and passenger by remote control.

The 22-inch, 10-spoke aluminum alloy wheels are fitted with P275/45/R22 Continental tires in front and P295/40/R22 tires in the rear.

The twin rectangular dual exhaust outlets are neatly framed by the rear bumper fascia, and complement the horizontal emphasis of the red LED tail lamps.

Lincoln MK9 Concept
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Inside the MK 9, a combination of Dark Cherry Red and Marlboro Red leathers with accents of polished metal create a luxurious lounge environment. Dark Cherry saddle leather is used for the flooring, and white leather is used for the headliner.

The front seats - which are cantilevered off the center console to improve passenger foot space - take their design influence from the Eames Lounge Chair, a mid-20th Century American classic, which was designed for comfort.

There are visual connections between exterior and interior, such as the body- colored seat shells and the horizontal chrome finishers.

The symmetrical dashboard is clean and simple. The etched glass instruments are crafted with jewel-like quality and illuminated indirectly.

The MK9's controls are a combination of advanced digital and analog interfaces. Navigation and telematics information is displayed on a reconfigurable screen in the center console that is operated by retractable controls that sit flush when not in use. The transmission selection is by an electronic, column-mounted paddle shifter.

The center and roof consoles have dimmable electro-luminescent light panels behind translucent metallic surfaces. Individual spotlights mounted in the headliner use fiber-optic technology.

 

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