Lincoln will have seven new or improved products by 2014, Ford Motor Co. has promised Lincoln dealers. Ford's global product chief, Derrick Kuzak, has said Ford will show some new or refreshed Lincoln products this year.
As Lincolns are redesigned, they will be differentiated from Ford models not only by their technology but by sheet metal, their wheelbase and the length of the front and rear overhangs. Some models will get unique powertrains paired with eight-speed transmissions.
Here are highlights for Lincoln's 2012-14 model years.
Compact vehicles: Lincoln will get a small crossover based on Ford's next-generation Kuga from Europe, possibly by the 2013 model year. That vehicle would sit on the global compact car platform currently underpinning the Focus.
Ford also is considering a compact car for Lincoln, though that may not come before the 2016 or 2017 model year.
The MKZ's launch could trail the launches of the Fusion and Mondeo by a few months as Ford refines MKZ interiors.
MKS: Ford is expected to restyle the MKS sedan for the 2013 model year. The biggest change will be in the appearance of the grille and sides, with a more streamlined design. But the MKS will keep the vertical orientation to the taillights, even as other Lincoln vehicles move to a horizontal look.
The MKS will continue to offer the 3.5-liter turbocharged direct-injection EcoBoost V6 engine. It might get the 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine that Ford is giving the Taurus at that time, too.
But look for the MKS to have a dramatically differentiated style from the 2013 Taurus, with more premium materials used for the MKS's interior.
MKX: Ford reskinned the mid-sized crossover for the 2011 model year. Lincoln is expected to redesign the MKX for the 2014 model year on Ford's global mid-sized platform.
MKT: Lincoln is expected to freshen the MKT crossover for the 2012 or 2013 model year, with minor changes to the grille and taillights and possibly an upgraded interior.
Ford had considered replacing the MKT after the 2014 model year with a vehicle derived from the Ford Explorer that would have exclusive sheet metal and more off-road capability than the MKT. But now Ford is debating whether to add the new vehicle and keep the MKT, targeting the MKT to the limousine and livery markets.
Ford has put on hold a redesign for the Navigator and Ford Expedition that had been planned for the 2012 model year.
The redesign likely will stay on hold until Ford can figure out what it wants to do with Lincoln's large SUV and decide if it will keep the MKT.
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As part of the rebuild of the brand, shouldn't they drop the MK somethings for now? Other brands do this too. But shouldn't a weakened brand try to do something fresh to regain recognition for it's improved models?
Ford also is considering a compact car for Lincoln.
That is the exact opposite of what it needs! Lincoln does not need a Chevy Cruze sized car. Make them big and luxurious, a beacon for American luxury - as they once were (as opposed to tarted up Mercury products.)
And I agree, drop the MK/S/X nonsense. The whole point of the "Mark V, VI" etc was to notate the different GENERATIONS of the car. The titles were "Lincoln Continental Mark V," those initials were never intended to name the entire car. So Lincoln, move on!
Okay, now for the real comment. IMHO Lincoln's are just ugly. I really hope they address that HORRIBLE front end design. Although I love that all makers MPGs are on the rise due to CAFE, the downside is that makers like Lincoln have to have these small cars to average out the fleet. If I'm buying a luxury brand, I really don't want a small one. Luxury divisions shouldn't go below midsize sedan/coupes.
Good Luck Lincoln!
Ford Falcon making another visit to the States. It will satisfy the "one car" mindset that Ford has right now and is more or less what you're demanding, a refreshed modern 4 door V8 vehicle with RWD.
I would tend to agree, that it's likely we will see an Australian Ford from Holden come over, to suit the area left open by the Crown Vic et al.
That being said, it is truly time for the Crown Vic to go. It and it's siblings have looked the same since 1998, and been using the same platform and engine since the Carter Administration. Ford needs to scrap that SOHC 4.6 and do something more modern for it's next RWD car. A 5.0 Mustang engine might just do the trick.
I still don't understand why Ford dropped the rwd Town car and Crown Vic
If I were to make a guess at this, I'd say it is because of Ford moving to a "global" design platform. The Crown Victoria was an American made/designed vehicle and, if memory serves, exclusive to the America's. What we may likely see, and hopefully, is the Ford Falcon making another visit to the States. It will satisfy the "one car" mindset that Ford has right now and is more or less what you're demanding, a refreshed modern 4 door V8 vehicle with RWD.
I'm more worried about the Mustang being a "global" designed vehicle for its 50th Anniversary. I'd prefer to keep the Mustang as an American designed vehicle but I guess I will have to change with the times.
Keep saying that to yourself Sarduci, Lincoln will disappear once the baby boomers are gone.
At the rate Toyota/Lexus and Honda/Acura sales are dropping, by double-digit percentages every month, I'd say they have as much to worry about as Lincoln. Toyota/Lexus especially has a rising age demographic which means their would-be future customers are actually dying off. They're making Buick look like a hip car company. Hard for Toyota/Lexus to make a repeat sale to someone who has a tombstone.
I still don't understand why Ford dropped the rwd Town car and Crown Vic. Ford had market share with law enforcement on the Vic and all they needed to do was redesign the exterior(make it good looking, not ugly), put in a world class interior and a 5.0.
Funny how Ford made the decision a few years back to move away from a full-size RWD car platform in favor of FWD while GM and Chrysler have elected to go with the blended approach by embracing more RWD platforms. Even that last generation of full-size Chrysler LH cars were designed to be FWD, RWD or AWD, although Chrysler didn't pursue all those options in the end, but the capability was there.
Ford has basically ditched the police and taxi/livery markets by killing off the Crown Vic and Town Car. They don't even offer a minivan for taxi/livery service since they killed the Windstar/Freestar. Sure, they're trying to pitch the Taurus as a police car (again...didn't work so well the first time) and the Lincoln MKS and MKT as alternatives to the Town Car. Meanwhile, GM reacted quickly to fill Ford's shoes in the police market with the new RWD Chevy Caprice (a.k.a. Holden Monaro, Pontiac G8) and Dodge has already been marketing a Charger police package since 2005. Several local departments and the state police have gone the Charger route.
Ford is even trying to position the new wimpy Explorer as a Crown Vic replacement for police. Who are they kidding? My local police department uses Expeditions and Tahoes along with Crown Vics and wouldn't even consider the new FWD Explorer for police duty. They'd be the laughing stock amongst their peers in this county if they did. It's bad enough the detectives are using Impalas and Ford 500s to save money. If they didn't go the Expedition/Tahoe route, the new Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee with the Hemi would be better choices than a Taurus or an Explorer.