Lincoln MKC Leading the Charge for the Blue Ovalís Future Lincoln Products
Itís going to be a busy next couple of years for both Ford, and its upscale arm, Lincoln. Thatís not to say it hasnít been already, as Ford offerings currently pace the compact crossover segment (Escape), mid-sized sedan segment (Fusion), and the all-important hybrid segment (C-Max). For 2014, the Blue Oval Boys are focusing on its two heavyweights; the Mustang and F-Series. Besides those, a redesigned Fiesta is expected to be launched shortly and two more EcoBoost engines are expected to become available in the near future, too.
And then thereís Lincoln. The floundering luxury arm of Ford is in the middle of a brand reinvention, but after debuting the 2013 MKZ, it appears thereís a light at the end of the tunnel. Next up for Lincoln will be to successfully launch the MKC compact crossover, which is built on the same platform as the Ford Escape, but will feature all-new styling cues already seen on the MKZ. There have even been whispers of a Lincoln Continental-like revival and it could include rear-wheel drive. Thatís pure speculation at the moment but we donít think itís a bad idea. In the meantime, Lincoln has been setting modest goals for itself as it tries to get back to where it once was and be relevant again.
With all that being said, hereís a look at where Lincoln
is headed in the next couple of years:
A completely new compact crossover aimed at taking sales away from the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, and BMW X3 is expected to debut later on in 2014. The Lincoln MKC originally debuted at the 2013 North American International Auto Show and includes Lincolnís signature spread-wing grille. A 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine is expected to power the MKC once it comes to market. A hybrid model could very well be a reality, as well.
A new grille graced the MKSís face for 2013 but more colors and a backup camera are expected to become available for the 2014 model. A redesigned MKS should show up some time in 2016. However, the MKS name may give way to the Continental badge.
Perhaps the best kept secret at Lincoln, not much is known at all about the future of the MKT and itís unknown if the MKT will go under in the next few years. The MKTís future, along with the Ford Flexís, hangs in the balance.
A redesigned version is expected to pop up in early 2015 but will be for the 2016 model year. Not much is known about the upcoming MKX except that it will probably be based off of the Ford Edge. If history repeats itself, the Ford offering will arrive in showrooms first followed closely behind by the Lincoln.
The vehicle that kick-started it all again for Lincoln, or so it hopes. The MKZ was completely redesigned for the 2013 model year. MKZ hybrid production is getting a boost from 20 percent to 40 percent of all MKZ production. Expect the MKZ to go back under the knife for the 2016 model year.
One of Lincolnís many projects currently, a revised version of the Navigator is expected to return later on in 2014 with either Fordís 3.5-liter EcoBoost or a Nano V-6 engine.
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