imho 2 (TWO!) Rwd platforms are the way to go
- Mustang "co-platform" for a 3-series-size sportsedan and coupe/cabrio
- Falcon "co-platform" global flagship sedan, between the S- & E-class in size
the LincStang would fit nicely between the MKZ and Focus/G.C-Max-based "MKE"
the Continental(!) would be a moderately stretched Falcon
(actually the nextgen Falcon would be a moderately SHRUNK Continental minus some key, mechanical features like:
both would have exclusive computer-controlled suspensions, the equivalent (or Better) to/than Cadillac's MagneticRideControl, which would offer completely different ride characteristics
also (at least for the Continental, tho possibly also for a special 'automatic pilot' LincStang)
a 'most expensive'/'cost no object'** hybrid/plug-in/Voltec-ish electrified Awd drivetrain sounds like a no-brainer to me...
...a Fwd-based Virtual-Awd (my favorite), with ICE driving the the front wheels and electrics driving JUST the rear wheels with a computerized 'software-only' linkage
could point the way for über-EcoTech "MK-series" Lincolns
** imho having the most expensive Lincolns top out at $99k is the perfect amount of PricePoint-ing
obligatory, shameless Mission: LINCOLN! plug