Ford Motor Co. is shining the spotlight on Lincoln at the Los Angeles show.
Lincoln will reveal the MKS, which it describes as the brand's new flagship sedan. Sales begin in mid-2008.
The MKS is based on a modified Volvo platform also used to underpin the Ford Taurus. While the Taurus is tall, the MKS is expected to appear low and sleek. The MKS will have distinct exterior sheet metal.
The car will be the first Lincoln to adopt many of the design cues that Peter Horbury, Ford's North American design director, has developed for the brand. The most prominent is expected to be a split front grille, making the production car a departure from the MKS concept shown at the 2006 Detroit auto show.
The MKS is expected to launch with a new 3.7-liter V-6 engine developed just for Lincoln. A more powerful V-6 is expected to be offered less than a year after the car is introduced.