There are speculations that there will soon be a rear-drive Lincoln, particularly a Mustang-based coupe, according to a report from FordInsideNews. In the last couple of years, Lincoln has been developing plans for the brand to recover. Its plans include using the Lincoln Motor Company name again, creating its own design and engineering team, and developing an advertising plan.
Meanwhile, enthusiasts and the media have been urging the company to build a rear-wheel drive car. Before fans get too exciting about the Mustang-based coupe, they should know that it’s not yet a done deal. Other products that are more assured of getting a chance are the 2013 MkZ and/or 2014 “MkD” (a compact CUV). If any of these products don’t do well in the market, it’s likely that other projects will be shelved, including the much-awaited coupe.
But if all the launches succeed, it’s possible that the Mustang-based coupe will start in late 2015. The actual launch dates of these future products haven’t been set in stone yet but assuming that they come one after another, this new car is likely to be a 2016 or 2017 model and will come after the all-new MkS, Navigator, MkX and close to the launch of a Explorer platform. Notably, these estimates are based on development speeds.
Not many details are available right now but it has been learned that the rear-drive Lincoln will be offered with a part of the Nano engine family, most probably a 2.9-liter EcoBoost V-6. FIN thinks that this Lincoln will be different from the Mustang and will have a slightly bigger wheelbase.
For now, this Mustang-based Lincoln is only in development to be a coupe. But as previously reported, Lincoln is also thinking about a full-size rear-wheel drive flagship to be released in the later part of this decade and will be based on the next-generation Mustang too. It makes sense that Ford won’t decide on major investments yet until it becomes obvious that the revival plan for Lincoln is effective.