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A Navigator-based Town Car?

Recent news has disclosed that Land Rover is serious about bringing a new flagship sedan, dubbed the Road Rover, to market. Jack Baruth over at Road and Track has speculated that the only way for them to bring a new flagship to market for a reasonable cost and development time, would be to base it on the Range Rover chassis.

This brings up the obvious question, could Lincoln do a new Towncar based on a lowered, chopped, formal-roof variant of the Navigator? Would there be a worth-while market for such a vehicle if it were to cost, say, $80k and up, and be worth every penny?

BTW, I worked in the research department of a large corporation that had an active suspension program going for many years. Land Rover was very interested in the technology back when they were still owned by Ford, but they never pulled the trigger on a licencing deal. I'm thinking this proposed Road Rover will be quite a tour-de-force, technology-wise.
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Re: A Navigator-based Town Car?

RR used unibody which I think would be somewhat easier to adjust into tall sedan proportions than a full size body on frame truck.
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Autocar says it’ll be based on the next generation XJ which would line up with with when the “Road Rover” is due to be out.
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Re: A Navigator-based Town Car?

Let's just say NO! A new large Lincoln would be based on the new lightweight Lincoln platform, not based on a truck.
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Re: A Navigator-based Town Car?

imho the Navi's "footprint" is ideal for a Lux carCar

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RR used unibody which I think would be somewhat easier to adjust into tall sedan proportions than a full size body on frame truck.
I'm thinking of a "frame" made outta batteries

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Re: A Navigator-based Town Car?

No, a BOF sedan would be such a huge step backward.
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Re: A Navigator-based Town Car?

Here's a recent light take from R&T, on a full sized suv-based sedan from Lincoln's primary American competitor. Although the article is tongue in cheek, the United States is no stranger to formidable sized automobiles and the 2018 Navigator's IRS suspension, 10 speed automatic transmission and aluminum body, are far from the most prehistoric underpinnings. http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-cult...an-luxury-car/
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Re: A Navigator-based Town Car?

I remember I did a rendering of a Navi-Town Car a while back. I updated it to make it look a little better than last time. (I can't find my original at the moment...)
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Re: A Navigator-based Town Car?

Lincoln had planned to come out with a range topping sedan above the Continental. Was to use the platform from Aviator, but Joy Falotico cancelled the program as sedan sales arent high enough to justify the investment.
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Lincoln had planned to come out with a range topping sedan above the Continental. Was to use the platform from Aviator, but Joy Falotico cancelled the program as sedan sales arent high enough to justify the investment.
Well, I'm fine with them not releasing another sedan above the Continental. Heck, I'd be willing to lose the MKZ and MKZ replacement. But I'd still love at least ONE sedan in the Lincoln lineup. Move the Continental to the new Aviator platform, give it the Aviator interior, stretch it just a bit, make coach doors standard (or at least standard on all Black Label Continentas), and I can guarantee you it'll be a great seller. If you dont want the segment to die, entice the customers with some original that will have them get their eyes away from the SUVs in the showroom. Not impossible.

Here, lemme make it easier for Lincoln: release a new Continental that looks closer to the Conti Concept, but with coach doors. Boom, instant hit.
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