Lincoln is bringing to next week's Detroit Motor Show the MKC concept as a preview of an upcoming crossover set to be launched next year.

Lincoln is bringing to next week’s Detroit Motor Show the MKC Concept as a preview of an upcoming crossover set to be launched next year.

Based on the Ford Kuga/Escape platform, the MKC shows a fresh and sleek new body with a prominent split-wing grille and flared wheel arches, along with a beltline that make the sides look stylish.

The crossover has a 106.9 inch (2715mm) wheelbase (Escape has 105.9) and is 179.3 (4554mm) inches long (1.2 longer than Escape). While the Escape is 72.4 inches (1839mm) wide, the MKC is 76.1 inches (1933mm) wide without the mirrors. It's also 3.4 inches (86mm) lower than the Escape, being 63.2 inches (1605mm) tall.

It rides on 20-inch polished aluminum wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires and has a panoramic roof plus a slim dual rail that runs through the ceiling's center and adds ambient lighting for the cabin. Speaking of the interior, it has a "high-end bespoke design, materials and execution" with wood and chrome finishes and Lincoln's first push-button transmission shifter installed to the right of the steering wheel.

While the design of the MKZ was completed before the firm's design studio was reopened, the MKC is the first fully designed model created by the revitalized studio. The production version will be a vital car for Lincoln's future as they hope to boost the brand's sales and will be one of the four cars to be launched in the next four years by the American firm.

Lincoln MKC Concept ready for Detroit [video]