Lincoln may receive a RWD flagship sedan to challenge the Lexus LS

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 15, 2011

Ford wants to revive Lincoln and to accomplish that, it has hired a new designer and has formed a development team. Sources say that projects for Lincoln products, including a flagship sedan, are progressing well. This car is expected to be rear-wheel drive and to feature the best that Ford has to offer when it comes to technology.

It is hinted that this car will be built on a modified version of the Mustang platform. It was reported that it is due to Ford’s improved financial status that the company decided to create a potential Lincoln flagship, a very expensive program.

Sources added that Ford wants to build a Lincoln model that would rival the Lexus LS and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Another model that will soon enter this segment would come from the Cadillac brand of General Motors.

It is believed that this car’s price tops out in six-figures. It should be mentioned that the future of the rear-wheel drive Falcon sedan of Ford of Australia is uncertain. It’s possible that Ford will proceed with plans to make a global rear-wheel drive program. If the Lincoln flagship does get greenlit for production, it’s likely to come out in the later part of this decade.

New Lexus LS 460 for 2010 comes out with refreshing new designs with never-before-seen technology to impress everyone on board. Also, part of the new line-up is a sport variant to take anyone’s driving one step ahead of the others. Let’s read on to find out more of what Lexus is up to.

Even if we’re seeing all things new, the luxury brand has kept the same long wheelbase for the LS 460 L. It goes without saying that the new Lexus is offered in the standard all-wheel drive and the new rear-wheel drive.

At first impression, the front end is more noticeable with the newly designed headlights and bumper grille. Similarly, the stunning rear end now houses the new exhaust diffusers, redesigned background for the license plate and brand new taillights. But out of all these, what we find more amazing are the new side mirrors with turn signals plus the 10-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels that add more glitz to the already glamorous side profile.

On the other hand, Lexus brings new technologies within the latest LS 460 models. The brand is now offering 1-year subscriptions for the Safety Connect and Enform telematics systems for FREE. The one-year trial will allow consumers to experience the convenient services currently available.

Although the Safety Connect is already a standard feature, the combined technology of Lexus’ Enform with the built-in navigation system delivers superior comfort and reliability for the owners.

All-new LS460 Sport features the unique “Aero Kit” exterior design with matching sporty interiors. Lexus also made some adjustments to the air suspension to suit the features of the new RWD package.

The two variants (all-wheel and rear-wheel drive) offer the new front grille and Aero Kits with lower spoiler (rear), rocker panels (side) and lower spoiler (front). However, there is also the so-called Appearance Package as an alternative choice for exterior enhancements. Sport model using this optional package will also have the same 5-spoke, 19-inch alloy wheels.

Lexus LS sedan was one of the world’s first to have the PCS (Pre-Collision System). Luckily, the latest 2010 model now comes with the APCS (or the Advanced Pre-Collision System) that was first seen in the 2009 Lexus LS600h L (or the Pebble Beach Edition).

As a whole, this advanced new technology is designed for the pedestrian’s safety. With the use of two small cameras, the APCS works by detecting whenever there are pedestrians on the way. These cameras are mounted at the rear and also the front. Meanwhile, the millimeter wave radar reacts as soon as there are objects or pedestrians nearby. That’s how sensitive the APCS is. Definitely, Lexus is full of surprises you shouldn’t miss.

Topics: lincoln, rwd, sedan

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