DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. confirmed today that it will build a seven-passenger crossover vehicle for its Lincoln brand.
Ford showed the Lincoln crossover during a presentation to analysts. The vehicle shares its underpinnings with a coming Ford-brand crossover based on the Fairlane concept.
Executives didn't provide a name or timing. But analysts expect the Lincoln crossover, code-named D472, to go on sale in 2008 for the 2009 model year.
Officials declined to share images. Peter Horbury, Ford's North American design chief, compared the Lincoln crossover's styling with the sleekness of a Gulfstream jet.
Derrick Kuzak, Ford's global product chief, said the Lincoln crossover is the best example of the changes that Ford is making in its product development organization. The aim there is to commonize platforms and manufacturing while maintaining distinctive styling.
While it shares "some hard points" with the Fairlane-inspired production vehicle, the Lincoln crossover takes a major departure in styling, Kuzak said.
Ford "didn't just drop a new grille and badge on this vehicle," he said. "I'll be frank: We toyed with the idea. But the team agreed the easy way wasn't the right way."
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