Lincoln working on a Mustang-based coupe - report

2004 Lincoln Mark X Concept
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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Cayman_ Cayman_
its about time
Jan 1st, 2013 12:51pm
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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.
Dec 30th, 2012 3:52am
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sensei sensei
Mercury needed a Cougar revival and Ford made sure it didn't happen. Mercury thus died. Now, we see the same thing here - RWD is what sells in the luxury market (Honda is watching Acura linger on its death bed) and once again, Ford is dragging its feet. Its not like the Mustang is the only RWD platform that Ford has to choose from. On a side note, look at what Buick did with the Riviera concept a few years ago and imagine how much better it would be seen in the US had GM made a RWD Riviera. RWD is what people want and Ford seems insistent on people not getting what they want. Does Ford secretly just want to kill Lincoln?
Dec 30th, 2012 9:34am
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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.
Dec 30th, 2012 12:21am
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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!
Dec 29th, 2012 4:20pm
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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.
Dec 29th, 2012 9:27am
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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)
Dec 29th, 2012 5:52am
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w0bble w0bble
Lol I would love to know how the American auto industry has raised the worldwide construction bar And with what vehicle?
Dec 31st, 2012 1:48am
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DrPlacebo DrPlacebo
Not worldwide! The American car of 2012 isn't what it was in 2002 or 1992 is what I meant to get across. To the best of my perception post-bailout American cars are no longer clad with abysmal interiors and use alternators and A/C units that are as much wear items as the tires the cars ride on. if I'm not mistaken reliability has improved objectively. Please show me otherwise if this is not the case.
Dec 31st, 2012 7:05pm
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w0bble w0bble
Have to agree with your after your clarification American cars have become a lot better over the last few years I know ford USA and Europe work more closely together nowadays which helped the company alot
Jan 3rd, 2013 9:08pm
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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.
Dec 28th, 2012 9:01pm
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howe2002 howe2002
Are you kidding?? Apart from the Ford GT, their build quality is nowhere near BMW/Merc etc.. This car could probably rival some other American crap, but that's about it.
Dec 28th, 2012 9:45pm
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radmeister radmeister
My question is, have you driven a new Lincoln? The new ones are quire a splendor. They are quite phenomenal for the $, chevy has no chance against them, nor does chrysler, as far as euro cars go we are talking about minimum 10k premium, now all we are left with is Hyundai, they dont really have a sport lux coupe. So I think this car could do quite well. But i do believe Ford should get rid of lincoln. Strict economy means you have to make cut backs so marketing two companies is 2x as expensive as 1. Why couldn't for just have luxurious models instead of needing a separate brand?
Dec 29th, 2012 2:50am
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Automophile6683 Automophile6683
Build quality aside, if cadillac can beat BMW, Jaguar, audi and Merc with the cts-V an american GT from Lincoln based on the mustang is at least a good idea( even if it failed.) it would show that america is competing with the Europeans. Plus the mustang is a world class sportscar, even if musle cars isn't your thing you cannot deny the mustang is a power player. Add to that the refinement and luxury of lincoln and you've got a gran tourer to enter into competition with the best Europe has to offer. At least try...
Feb 16th, 2013 7:48pm
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howe2002 howe2002
Wow! Looks like an '80's concept car. Fugly.
Dec 28th, 2012 8:47pm
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Tackleberry Tackleberry
Please Ford, pull a John Wilkes Booth and just kill Lincoln already.
Dec 28th, 2012 6:01pm
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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
Dec 28th, 2012 5:47pm
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