In a typical situation, yes, Mustang would have been either killed or absorbed into a FWD platform (refer Ford Probe), but they've realised Mustang is unique in that it's the face of Ford in many ways. A hero model that draws a lot of good attention to the brand. It's integral to Ford's marketing, globally, and if it pays for itself then it's free marketing. It's a crowd magnet in more ways than one.
When we first heard it's not going onto CD6 the main reason, we were told, was to keep the long hood/short trunk proportions, and on CD6 it would have been more of a Supra sized car with even less space, and, (just me speculating) it could have lost the V8 as well.
Now when you put it like that, it makes sense then why Ford is doing the S650 based on updated version of S550. To keep the long hood/short trunk styling. I had previously thought the CD6 was predesigned to accommodate the Explorer/Aviator and then the sporty coupe/convertible with the long hood proportion but now realize the CD6 is not that scalable as I had thought. So I guess their reasoning for S650 makes sense. Especially if it will pay for itself over time with sales and the marketing. I wonder if the current S550 that has been on sale since 2015 is almost done paying itself off? Seeing how it's based on S197 (unless I'm mistaken), I would say it's almost paid off by now. Makes sense to do it that way since Ford has done the orphaned platform since 2005 (not counting the 1994-2004 since SN95 was heavily revised of the old Fox, hence the Fox-4 codename as it's also known).
I was just confused about what Ford was doing with Mustang because of announcements by Ford regarding their plans for the platform/architecture count reductions to just five. It mentioned the longitutinal unibody and transverse unibody along with body-on-frame rear drive, unibody van, and electric. No mention in the announcements regarding the orphan platform just for Mustang unless they didn't want to announce that as a way of giving out any information they were ready to share yet. I'm also thinking the S650 may be a short run of sorts to keep Mustang going until they figure out how to incorporate the Mustang into future revisions of CD6 which would by then likely be around 2030. Unless, Ford decides to just keep the Mustang as orphaned product. Which again is fine with me for their reasoning of it (long hood/short trunk and keeping V8). Just found it odd that the platform wasn't as part of their count of platform/architecture in their recent announcements.
Back to the 2023 Lincoln Crossover that was the topic of thread, I think it may be the Lincoln variant of the Ford Focus Active but in more sloped sporty back and with more luxury in mind. If it's to be made in China alongside the Active, makes sense to me unless it's something else. We'll find out soon hopefully. I'm just thinking that it should be soon that we'll start to finally preview, see, and hear more info of all the upcoming products and I'm excited. The updated 2019 Edge and Transit Connect should soon be coming out. We'll hear more about the Ranger regarding engine power figures, fuel economy, and capabilities of towing and payload. Then we'll know about Ford's plans for Focus Active due to the tariffs issue, along with the reveals of next generation Explorer, Escape, Bronco, baby Bronco, and much more. They're coming soon but they just can't get here quick enough. It's just over 4 months before the Detroit Auto Show where the Bronco is likely to be revealed if not shown in Concept form parked on stage. So excited!!