Re: Cruel joke or new 'Merc'?
Sorry dude...this is just a cruel joke. I just can't see it happening.
An interesting arrangement would be for Lincoln to become more of an "American Audi" with AWD sedans and CUVs spun off "premium-fied" versions of FoMoCo FWD platforms (although Lincoln's engines would still be mounted transversely instead of longitudinally) and reviving Mercury (sorry, but reducing it to "Merc" is just plain ridiculous) for a pair of RWD sport sedans (compact and midsize) spun off the next gen Mustang platform. Mercury would simply be a slightly upmarket sport sedan niche brand. Ford would get a next gen Mustang coupe/convertible (compact) and new gen Thunderbird coupe/convertible (midsize) while a resurrected Mercury would get XR-4 (compact) and XR-7 (midsize) sport sedans. Meanwhile, Lincoln would drop the silly "MkWhatever" model designations in favor of actual model names, create 2 separate drop dead gorgeous overall design languages for its sedans and CUVs, and develop competitive AWD luxury vehicles on stretched and "premium-fied" versions of FoMoCo FWD platforms. This won't happen either, but I think it's an interesting idea.