Beijing LIVE: Lincoln MKX Concept

The MKX signals Lincoln\'s late arrival to the Chinese market.

Ford's Lincoln Motor Company has announced it will enter the lucrative Chinese market by debuting a close-to-production concept called MKX at the Beijing Motor Show. The decision to introduce the concept in China is surprising because all Lincoln's show cars to date have been presented at events held in the United States.

The MKX takes the form of a mid-size crossover with an elegant design characterized by Lincoln's traditional aircraft-inspired split-wing grille, LED lighting up front, short overhangs on both ends and 21-inch wheels. Proportionally speaking, the MKX is close to the Ford Edge concept introduced in Los Angeles last November.

Lincoln has not mentioned what lies under the crossover's hood. If given the green light for production, the MKX will likely use a host of turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines borrowed from the Ford parts bin. Power will be sent to all four wheels via an automatic transmission.

The production version of the MKX could greet the public for the first time at next year's Detroit Motor Show and go on sale shortly after as a 2015 model. In China, the crossover might be built locally in one of Ford's factories.

Lincoln promises it will launch a second all-new model designed to be sold in markets all around the world in the near future, but it has not provided any details about the enigmatic car.

Live images by Ronan Glon.

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