2012 Lincoln Innovator Hybrid Crossover Sedan
C H O P — Lincoln luxury in its smallest production package yet, the Innovator Hybrid. Seating for four with Nappa Leather Recaro bucket seats in all positions, this crossover sedan may be short in length, but it's long on luxury and stretch out seating room due to its tall body. The interior is private and open at the same time, combining the raised seating position of an SUV and the glass roof of a concept vehicle. Fitted luggage would be standard in this Lincoln, emphasizing the sedan nature of this hatchback style, rather than having any wagon pretense. This is a luxury car, not a sport utility vehicle of any sort, hatch or not. Speaking of the back hatch, it would be split. The glass would glide up and over the roof electrically, as the bottom portion powered down and into the body if needed, moving under the luggage floor several inches to make loading/unloading as easy as possible. The tailgate wouldn't disappear entirely, like GM's full sized wagons of the '70s, but could embed itself enough to get out of the way, or could remain horizontal outside of the car for tailgating.
Although I've used Lincoln's now-trademark split grille, I've softened it a bit by making the central divider argent instead of body-colored. I've also raised the hood a bit, adding a harder contour instead of its more sloping hood. This made room for L-I-N-C-O-L-N to be spelled out clearly above the grille, a la Range Rover, in a bid to clearly announce Lincoln's arrival on the true luxury scene.
The body sides are clean and sheer, with just a slight depression highlighting the Lincoln name. The classic Lincoln star logo is proudly positioned on the C pillar, its historical placement on many classic and elegant Lincolns of the past.
Motivation is provided by FoMoCo's latest EcoBoost direct-injected four cylinder engine with hybrid assist at all four wheels for fully electronic all wheel drive. Pure electric drive is possible up to 65 mph with a range of 120 miles before the gas engine is needed and 0-60 is accomplished in less than 7 seconds. Mileage is rated 55 city/48 highway.
Base photo was of the new Kia Sportage, one of my favorite new designs, and one of Peter Schreyer's best cars, in my humble opinion.
This is another of my chops using the new Kia Sportage as the base photo. This is my Mercury Villager crossover, but now that Mercury is no more, I've given the platform to Lincoln, lol.