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  Lincoln Mark X Concept
 

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Country of origin:United States
Produced in:2004
Introduced at:2004 NAIAS
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe forward-looking design aspirations of Lincoln vehicles in the 21st century are expressed by the Mark X, Lincoln's first two-door convertible concept with a power-folding, retractable, glass-roofed hard top. Mark X, pronounced 'Mark Ten,' is a two-seat luxury convertible roadster that blends design elegance with driving athleticism. The use of rich materials, varying textures and contrasting colors represents an evolution of the current Lincoln design philosophy.

Throughout its history, Lincoln has used the Mark name to signal a truly special vehicle. It began with Edsel Ford's first Continental, the Mark I. Next followed the 1956 Continental Mark II, which quickly became a classic because of its high quality, clean styling and consumate good taste. The 1969 Mark III went on to sell more than 30,000 units, making it at the time, Lincoln's most successful new model ever. Other Mark vehicles were introduced in the 1970s, '80s and '90s. The Mark X concept is designed to demonstrate the potential of the Lincoln brand by stretching its DNA to a sophisticated roadster. While a concept at this point, Mark X illustrates one possibility for expanding Lincoln into new luxury niches.

Mark X's surface language is a model of precision engineering. Emphasis was placed on integrating design into the functional aspects of the car from the expansive grille to the innovative door handles to the sleek rear fascia. The result is an uncluttered exterior where essential details like the delicate contrast of Atlantic Pearl paint, chrome accents and well-placed Lincoln emblems are subtle, yet drape the vehicle in elegance. The focal point of Mark X's exterior is a new Lincoln grille. The polished aluminium egg-crate grille features a rhythmic pattern of solid horizontal and vertical chrome trim. Mark X's grille may appear on future Lincoln vehicles.

The interior workmanship of Mark X is flawlessly crafted. The right combination of contrasting colors and textured materials presents a modern and luxurious cabin. Mark X's Lime Sorbet interior is complemented with White Corian accents, polished aluminium, dark chrome, natural grain leather seating, plush sheepskin flooring and tailored tone-on-tone stitching throughout. The instrument panel integrates a softly illuminated, jewel-like instrument cluster that combines analog with digital technology. A solid flowing center console constructed of ribbed dark chrome separates driver and passenger, unites the interior with the exterior and conceals a storage unit in the rear bulk head.

A laser-inscribed 'Lincoln Mark X' vanity plate above the glove box suggests an air of luxury. A four-spoke, power adjustable steering wheel wrapped with leather and dark chrome features cruise, volume and navigation controls. Mark X's SelectShift transmission allows the driver to shift from manual drive to a five-speed automatic from the steering wheel or shifter in the center console.

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