I was going over my above timeline today & getting totally confused on how the general idea could be applied currently (not really the point of this thread but hey...) or to a much briefer shoulda/woulda,
when N.R.'s post in Mission:Lincoln came to my rescue
Well, I personally would've kept Mercury and killed Lincoln in favor of the Continental brand.
Mercury should replace the current Lincoln...
sometime after Mr. Mulally came onboard (Fall 2006) wanting to eliminate everything but the Ford Brand;
would have been reduced to the Navigator & TownCar
(later/asap replaced by a stretched MKS...it's planned-at-one-time big brother, codename: E386 (imho = "TouringCar"
(INSTEAD of building the MKT AT ALL)...tho using it's side-styling)...until RWD was ready (est. 2014-5)
everything else would've been Mercs:
MKX = Monterey
MKS = Marquis
** (no 'Grand')
the Z & Milan
would have just been combined
& the MKuGa would ALREADY be the Mariner
I would've gotten my Focus-based CORTINA
(née 'Milanetto', for FiN oldtimers)
O.M.G., ^that^ was so simple!
** still think copcars deserve to be Mercs so include the Mercury Interceptor
raises the question of the Explorer...&...I don't mind if Merc skipped that (keeping a soupçon of Small Merc Theorem)...MUCH rather have the S-Max as the 'MetaSpace'