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Lincoln working on a Mustang-based coupe - report

 Lincoln working on a Mustang-based coupe - report
2004 Lincoln Mark X Concept

Arriving in 2016 or 2017

Lincoln's revival plans could include a rear-wheel drive coupe based on the Ford Mustang.

This report comes from Ford Inside News who mentions it all depends on the success of the 2013 MKZ and/or 2014 MKD (or whatever name the compact CUV will get). If these two will fail, Ford will probably decide to kill Lincoln.

If those two vital models will be a success, a Ford Mustang-based Lincoln RWD coupe will be unveiled towards the end of 2015 as a 2016MY or 2017MY. It will follow other new models such as the MKS, Navigator, MKX and a Ford Explorer-based model.

FIN mentions the coupe could be powered by a V6 2.9-liter EcoBoost engine and will have a slightly longer wheelbase than the Mustang. It will be developed exclusively as a coupe, but Lincoln is reportedly thinking of a full-size RWD flagship model based on the next-gen Mustang to come out before the end of the decade.

Note: 2004 Lincoln Mark X Concept pictured

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Comments (17)

 KheirFrancis KheirFrancis
its about time
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January 1, 2013 5:51 am
 tbrodie tbrodie
The last Thunderbird, though retro interesting, sold well with blue haired ladies. I think this could have a similar fate, though it could be popular with the Challenger/Camaro/Mustang crowd. The thing is though, there isn't much historical precedent for a Lincoln muscle car. Lincoln didn't participate in that market during the pony car era. A neo Mark II? That's a real stretch.
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December 29, 2012 8:52 pm
 FunctionForm FunctionForm
Opinions are just that. I recognize mine isn't even worth 2 cents, but I have always been a Lincoln fan Lincoln and think they made a big mistake by not building this convertible. Even if it didn't sell well, people buying the lesser models of a brand need to have comfort in the knowledge that they are driving the same make as a higher-end model. I also think Lincoln is entirely off base on their retro 1941 grill theme. No one alive today remembers or relates to a 1941 Lincoln regardless of the marques history. I literally pray Lincoln succeeds but I am very concerned. There is just nothing all that special about what I've seen coming. It's not that it's bad, I just don't see people leaving BMW, Lexus or Mercedes, or Cadillac for that matter, for one of them. It makes me want to cry. Seriously.
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December 29, 2012 5:21 pm
 GTurbo GTurbo
Now that is a Lincoln! Hope they've got the boldness to bring this show-stopping Mark X Concept to production. The rear-end is an American Dream on its own, the overall width and glass area proportions oozes Americana. Mustang-based coupe? However, without standard RWD and V8 powerplant, this Concept is doomed to failure!
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December 29, 2012 9:20 am
 sensei sensei
So, Ford is going to force two platforms that nobody really wants first to see if a platform that people would want and has a proven track record (RWD) around the world will see the light of day. Lincoln is the anti-Cadillac strategy.
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December 29, 2012 2:27 am
 DrPlacebo DrPlacebo
I don't know. Ford, and really the entire american auto industry has raised the bar in terms of construction. I haven't been exposed to modern lincolns so I have to give them the benefit of the doubt, but I have to wonder if it they have the brand recognition to pull such a car off. It wouldn't make sense unless it was slotted above the standard mustang, and if they do place it thus it HAS to be world class. Good enough won't cut it anymore. And would it kill them to have independent rear suspension? (I just read something about this becoming reality in 2015 after typing that)
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December 28, 2012 10:52 pm
 Automophile6683 Automophile6683
I think this is the perfect opportunity to bring a true american GT to market. The eco boost six would be a great option for the base engine. But if you ask me, a 5.0L v-8 should be an option as well as the v-8 from the shelby gt500 should also be available. This could be a jag xk, BMW 6, Merc CL or even a bentley GT, Aston DB9 competitor.Just sayin.
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December 28, 2012 2:01 pm
 howe2002 howe2002
Wow! Looks like an '80's concept car. Fugly.
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December 28, 2012 1:47 pm
 Tackleberry Tackleberry
Please Ford, pull a John Wilkes Booth and just kill Lincoln already.
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December 28, 2012 11:01 am
 benzboy benzboy
Its lines kinda of remind me of the retro Thunderbird put out. Not bashing hope they get a chance to build it. I do think the beltline of the rear bumper is to high but I could be wrong
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December 28, 2012 10:47 am