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Lincoln Aviator Trademark Hints at a Posher 2016 Ford Explorer

Lincoln Aviator Trademark Hints at a Posher 2016 Ford Explorer

Scavenging through the trademark filings section of the US Patent and Trademark Office, we found out that Ford applied for "Aviator" on January 6th, which leads us into believing that the Lincoln MKC and the all-new MKX will soon get a bigger SUV brother.

Based on the fact the 2016 Ford Explorer just went on sale in the United States and the previously mentioned MKC and MKX are sharing more than their platforms with Blue Oval products, we anticipate that there's not much to wait until a 2016 or 2017 Lincoln Aviator will be presented at a great American automotive show.

Whereas the oldtimer was animated by an old school 4.6-liter modular V8 mated to a similarly agricultural 5R55E five-speed slush box, the all-new Lincoln Aviator will borrow the oily bits of its Blue Oval-badged sibling from the 2016 model year. As such, look forward to a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost and a 3.5 V6 EcoBoost, both mated to a six-speed auto. I haven't forgot about the 3.5 Ti-VCT but ignored it considering a luxury product such as an all-new Aviator can't do atmospheric suck-squeeze-bang-blow.

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I hope this patent filing turns into an actual product very soon. Lincoln can single handedly increase it's sales to 150,000+ with a large 7 passenger cuv, redesigned Navigator along with the current MKC and new MKX.
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Yes! Sweet! I've been looking forward to this. The design language of the MKC and new MKX will look great on an explorer based CUV.

PS: Hey, what if this is actually going to be based on the possibly-RWD Continental that the guy at the auto show basically confirmed? That would be even better. So maybe that rumor a few months ago about Lincoln's new RWD crossover and the next Explorer also being RWD was true? :0
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PS: Hey, what if this is actually going to be based on the possibly-RWD Continental that the guy at the auto show basically confirmed? That would be even better. So maybe that rumor a few months ago about Lincoln's new RWD crossover and the next Explorer also being RWD was true? :0
Now we're talkin'......... This is exactly what should happen with the Aviator. Give Lincoln first crack at the new rwd platform before the Explorer. Perhaps Ford should start showing Lincoln as a priority and maybe customers will as well. (imho)
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Yes! Sweet! I've been looking forward to this. The design language of the MKC and new MKX will look great on an explorer based CUV.

PS: Hey, what if this is actually going to be based on the possibly-RWD Continental that the guy at the auto show basically confirmed? That would be even better. So maybe that rumor a few months ago about Lincoln's new RWD crossover and the next Explorer also being RWD was true? :0
That's what I am thinking.

It makes no sense to base the New Aviator on the old heavy FWD Explorer platform(Edge/MKX is already off the platform, Flex/MKT is next) when it's due to be replaced in 2017 as a MY2018 RWD model. Which is in alignment with the launch schedule:

2013 New MKZ

2014 New MKC

2015 New MKX

2016 New MKS This would mean the RWD platform should be about ready to launch in 2016 and the MKS can 'finally' then go toe-to-toe with the E-Class/5-Series, and will pull more ES sales than the current MKZ. Offered in regular and LWB. MKS and MKS-L

2017 New Aviator This should replace the MKT(RIP)

2018 New Continental(S-Class) using a longer version of the same RWD platform. Continental and Continental-L. With coach doors.

2018 MKZ is due for a redesign, where it should target the 3-Series/C-Class segment.

2019 New Navigator
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Re: Lincoln Aviator Trademark Hints at a Posher 2016 Ford Explorer

^^^^ & ^^^
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Washington DC — January 23 - Feb.2
____some electri-fying? mkZ-ENergi?
Chicago — Feb.14-22(media=11th)
____anyone else got an Aviator premonition lately?
Academy Awards on Feb.22
____Just a commercial?? (see DC)
Genève — March 4-16
____Focus-RS almost certainly, ALL? the rest of Yurp's new stuff?...
...trying to remember the last time FoMoCo gave a VERBAL tease before showing something?
& just how far in advance that was??

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^^ scford, should the Aviator be on a different platform from the Explorer (for a while)
it could go into production whenever/ie a completely unrelated schedule

so maybe:
S-replacement & Aviator go to FlatRock?
Taurus & Explorer (& maybe ALL Chinese large vehicles at first) use Chicago?

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^^^^ & ^^^

...trying to remember the last time FoMoCo gave a VERBAL tease before showing something?
& just how far in advance that was??

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^^ scford, should the Aviator be on a different platform from the Explorer (for a while)
it could go into production whenever/ie a completely unrelated schedule

so maybe:
S-replacement & Aviator go to FlatRock?
Taurus & Explorer (& maybe ALL Chinese large vehicles at first) use Chicago?
No 2b2, I think Bloggin said it best. Why introduce the Aviator on an old platform when a new one is just around the corner. I just think this new platform should debut on the Lincoln model prior to the intro of the new Explorer. I think we're all on the same page but thanks Bloggin for the clarification.

P.S. I wish a new Navigator would come out before 2019, that just seems like such a long wait.
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Re: Lincoln Aviator Trademark Hints at a Posher 2016 Ford Explorer

Right now I have a very hard time accepting that Lincoln has an all-new RWD/AWD platform ready to go for the MKS/Continental in the next 2 years. That's a massively expensive undertaking and they simply don't have the funds or expertise unless Ford is doing it for them ahead of their own products (and we've seen no evidence of this product near). And the MKS has been seen muling on the Fusion platform for years now and the Taurus is about ready to launch. I'm still inclined to believe that the next MKS is what we expect it to be, a Taurus-based Lincoln, potentially with a more sophisticated AWD system that puts more power to the rear (but it's still a FWD platform and engine layout). Ultimately this is a non-crtical segment in the US but a big one in China. The premium SUV is a much bigger deal here.

Lincoln's timeline has placed new products at the end of the decade which is still quite distant, and with a small budget it's very likely that Ford will continue to be the lead developers on any Lincoln platforms.

But clearly the name Continental is being used to describe a large car, which is in the late stage of development. So I'm going to assume the MKS is going to be called Continental, at least in some markets or in some configuration (if not flat-out renamed). Lincoln's timeline does refer to a new MKS in a year (specifically by that name).

The Aviator will not be based on the current Explorer so we have a long wait on that one. It's also why we have an Explorer Platinum with many features previously treated as Lincoln exclusives in the US.
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Re: Lincoln Aviator Trademark Hints at a Posher 2016 Ford Explorer

^ Borg, it's hard for me to believe D6 is coming soon
but there seem (to me) to be more and more indications < which could be deliberate "mis-direction" (like in slight-of-hand)...
...but why?

otoh
a recent thought is: WHEN is the Falcon/Territory due to stop production?

might be "Ford" was working on a replacement to be built outside AU
THEN with Mr. Fields taking over, a Lincoln version of each was put in motion??


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P.S. I wish a new Navigator would come out before 2019, that just seems like such a long wait.
afaik aluNavi is due 2nd half of cy2016 or very beginning of cy2017

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