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Almost all concepts today are derived from the finalized production design, especially those from Ford or Lincoln.

Ford no longer does concept cars but it's an important part of marketing at Lincoln. I'm not a big fan of them because they create idealized versions of a car which leads to disappointment, but it's still effective marketing.

Aviator concept seems likely for New York, or some sort of concept. We have 3 all-new vehicles arriving over the next 3 years with Aviator, MKC, and mystery vehicle #2 (probably a Small EV Utility). If they are going to space out these things, they need to do something in NY.

The Next-Gen MKZ is a mystery at this point, it is probably much farther out.
They did F-150 (Atlas) and Edge concepts, but that was back in 2014?

It's not like there's been much new to have a concept of - Nothing else has been redesigned since then.

Aviator will be in NY, and I'm thinking we'll see an MKC (name) concept at one of next year's shows, with production model debuting the year after.
 

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They did F-150 (Atlas) and Edge concepts, but that was back in 2014?

It's not like there's been much new to have a concept of - Nothing else has been redesigned since then.

Aviator will be in NY, and I'm thinking we'll see an MKC (name) concept at one of next year's shows, with production model debuting the year after.
It's true, Ford hasn't had much to conceptualize besides the Expedition. If they do concepts, it's usually within a year of the production car's reveal. But cars like the Focus and Fiesta did not get concepts in Europe for example.
 

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...MKC Hybrid? if they introduce the MKC Hybrid, they could give it a sub-model name, which could then be used as a replacement for the MKC name for the next redesign.
:thumb: that^ could be a much SAFER thing to do - imho
with the Aviator directly following the intro of the Navi, if they use the same-sausage styling**, or even Close, that'll eliminate the biggest benefit of an ALL New/whitespace vehicle...and in what imho is the Most important SLOT for Lincoln!
** and, as MB has said, HOW the Heck can you make a big CuvSuv look special??​
THIS TIME they sorta HAVE TO
— yet if they succeed that could cost Navi sales :facepalm:

Aviator (close to production) concept...
Yes, it's an Aviator "concept" (quotes because it's a "conceptized" production model like most of Lincolns latest concepts)...
Almost all concepts today are derived from the finalized production design, especially those from Ford or Lincoln...
yup
imho, we oughta call them POST-Production Con(fuse)cepts .... or just "TEASEs"
 

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RDX A-Spec teaser. There are rumors of a possible Type-S variant down the road, potentially with the new turbocharged V6. Honda filed a patent for an electric turbocharger, which may or may not be related. None of this is good news for Lincoln.

 

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It's about **** time ...



There's a video at the Carscoops website I cannot link here.

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Lincoln has released the first teaser video of the upcoming Aviator concept.

Set to debut at the New York Auto Show on March 28th, the all-new model will follow in the footsteps of the Navigator and effectively replace the slow-selling MKT. Little is known about the crossover but is expected to be based on the redesigned Ford Explorer which will be launched next year.

Like the Expedition-based Navigator, the Aviator will have Lincoln-specific styling that echoes its larger brother. The teaser video doesn’t reveal much but we can see the crossover will have a large grille with an illuminated Lincoln emblem.

The unique styling will continue in the cabin as we can expect a luxurious passenger compartment with seating for up to seven people. Drivers should also find themselves surrounded by premium leather upholstery, wood trim and the latest SYNC infotainment system.

Engine options remain unconfirmed but previous reports have suggested the Aviator could be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Ford recently confirmed the next-generation Explorer will have a hybrid option so an Aviator variant seems like a pretty safe bet.

The mainstream model remains a bit more mysterious but the crossover could be offered with the same twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that resides in the Lincoln Continental and MKZ. It produces 400 hp (298 kW) and 400 lb-ft (542Nm) of torque and will reportedly also see service in the new Ford Explorer ST.

The Aviator is expected to be launched in 2019 and slot between the Nautilus and Navigator. The model will also pick up where the original left off nearly 13 years ago.
 

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The Rav4 won't look like the rendering. Toyota designers can't do handsome. The best we can hope for is something relatively inoffensive like the Highlander. Lackluster drivetrain, lackluster interior, and lackluster driving experience. It won't break, though, and it'll hold it's value really well.

 

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If Ford was a full-line automaker, it would care. Ford has nothing that competes against it so ...
You mean, nothing that competes against a large sedan in a market where that exact type of car is disappearing faster than virgins on prom night?

Maybe, just maybe, the reason that barely anyone remembers the previous Kia entrant is that it was an also-ran in a dying segment?

Just, y'know, a thought.
 
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If Ford was a full-line automaker, it would care. Ford has nothing that competes against it so ...
Rigth now, in this times, is difficult to be a full line automaker. Only if you think in "full line automaker" as a conglomerate of brands under the same management, the unique "full line automaker" is VW, because include VW (and other 2 mainstream brands: Skoda and Seat), Audi, Porsche, Bentley and Lamborghini. GM and Toyota, for example, dont produce super cars like Lamborghini, or ultraluxury vehicles like Bentley or pure sport cars like Porsche. They are limited to mainstream and luxury brands. Tata is other "almost full line automaker", including mainstream Tata, luxury brand Jaguar and Land Rover , but fail in the sport car and ultraluxury brand. FCA is closest to be a "full line automaker", because had a mainstream brands (Dodge, Fiat, RAM), pure sport brand (Ferrari), luxury and premium brands (Maserati and Alfa Romeo), but fail in the ultraluxury brand. Hyundai-Kia is not a full line automaker. They have 2 mainstream brands and a premiun brand (Genesis). If you condemn Ford for not producing a luxury (is the K900 a real luxury car?) RWD sedan, I condemn Kia for not producing a big pick up truck like the F series or a great pony car like the Mustang! Ford has nothing to compete with the K900 (is necessary to do it??) but Kia has nothing to compete with the F-series, the Expedition, the Navigator, the MKC, the MKZ, the Nautilus, the Mustang, the Explorer...
 
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