Ford will build a new seven-seater crossover vehicle under its Lincoln label based on the same running gear as the upcoming Fairlane (pictured in concept form above). At a recent analyst meeting, Ford conducted a presentation of the new Lincoln crossover, code-named D472, which is expected to go on sale next year for the 2009 model year.

Automotive News reports that Ford's North American design chief, Peter Horbury, has stated that the new crossover will feature a sleek, streamlined design comparable with a Gulfstream jet. Derrick Kuzak, Ford's global product chief also commented that the sharing of platforms while maintaining distinctive styling is the key to Ford’s success. The Lincoln crossover does share "some hard points" with the Fairlane-inspired production vehicle, but it still takes a major departure in styling, Kuzak said.

Key Lincoln attributes include the latest take on the double-wing grille, high waistline and small glasshouse with thin and aggressive looking taillights. This will be a new family look for the brand, which will also be seen on the upcoming MKS sedan.