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Lincoln could develop Mustang-based coupe


We have heard all kind of crazy stuff in the past few months, but this one is by far one of the craziest. It’s no secret that Lincoln is working to bring its fame back, but could the company indeed be planning a rear-wheel-drive sports coupe based on the Ford Mustang platform?

Apparently yes, at least according to FordInsideNews, who reports that Lincoln is preparing such a model as a "last chance" effort for the company. The model will be initially announced in late 2015 and it will be a 2016 or 2017 model year.

If the rumors are true, the model will feature a slightly larger wheelbase when compared to the Mustang and will be offered with a 2.9-liter EcoBoost V6 engine — a member of the company’s Nano engine family.

This new model is currently being developed only as a coupe, but rumors suggest that Lincoln is also considering a rear-wheel drive flagship sedan also based on the next-generation Mustang platform too.

No one is sure what name this coupe will carry, but a Mark Series name seems to be the right one.

We’ll keep an eye on this one, as Lincoln is inching closer to the do-or-die phase of its lifespan.



2 comments:

Totally agree, jjMustang. Lincoln is really at a tough crossroad, as it needs a car to draw in the younger crowd, but it cannot steal from the Mustang, nor can it be too high-end for the younger crowd to buy into.

It’s going to be a very thin line that Lincoln has to walk with this one.

That’s the Mark X (Mark 10) in the photo above, based on the early 2000’s Ford Thunderbird. I think a performance car which would compete against the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe would be good for the company. But Lincoln should be careful they don’t produce something like the Cadillac XLR; It would make a great Halo car, but would be too expensive for a company as fragile as Lincoln is currently.

I think a Lincoln based off of the Mustang would be a good idea so long as it didn’t take the thunder away from the Mustang. I think the MKV nameplate would fit it nicely.

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