• Jan 12th 2008 at 4:29PM
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Not that they ever left, but Lincoln's not going to pull what Cadillac tried in the '90s, switching its entire lineup to FF chassis. Derrick Kuzak, Ford's Lutz, has intimated to Car & Driver that rear wheel drive remains part of Lincoln's plans, and that there's a new FR car under development. While the big news at Lincoln lately is the MKS, that car's fan base will likely not know what stringbacks are.

Last year's hotness, the MKR, was based on modified Mustang underpinnings, so perhaps that's what's coming. Or, Ford could be looking at the new global RWD platform that's being developed in Australia, though that seems unlikely. It would be expensive to build a car in Oz and shipping would add another layer of expense, too. The MKS is a good start for Ford's plan of more Lincoln sales volume. It's nice looking, the EcoBoost motor will shove you back into the seat, and even the unboosted 3.5 is a great match for the chassis. For all that, the MKS probably won't have what it takes to sway drivers with enthusiast desires, but such a car could definitely slot nicely in the lineup.

Thanks for the tip, Zac!

[Source: Car & Driver]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I think RWD is great but I'd love to see more AWD systems like Suzuki is using in their SX4. I love AWD but hate the way it drags down fuel economy when you don't need it.

      I know Suzuki's system is AWD or FWD but I think it wouldn't be hard for an automaker to come up with a system that was AWD or RWD. I could have used a system like that when I was trying to get up a snowy hill this Monday in Gallup, NM. My little station wagon was only FWD and it was a real pain in the ass. Of course I only need AWD about 2 weeks out of the year, the rest of the time it would be a waste of fossil fuel.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You mean like Cadillac, Mercedes, BMW, Lexus, Infiniti, Audi, etc. have done?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Any non-luxury brands that have done that? How bout a Ford (like the Taurus X) with that feature instead of strait up AWD? It couldn't add that much to the price and it would look like world class tech at the working man's prices.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Its a pity. They had probably the best midsize rear-drive chassis on the market in the DEW98 Lincoln LS. This is the car that, with an equivalent engine and transmission, could make an E39 5-Series sweat.

      And they killed it.

      Now they're trying again. I really hope Ford doesn't show it's usual lack of Focus. I don't know if its a money shortage or just and incredibly inept marketing dept, but they have this uncanny ability to release excellent products and then completely screw them up.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Or, Ford could be looking at the new global RWD platform that's being developed in Australia, though that seems unlikely. It would be expensive to build a car in Oz and shipping would add another layer of expense, too."

      What part of "Global" did you miss? GRWD will form the basis of multiple vehicles in the US, including the Mustang. Just because a platform is designed in one location does not mean that it can only be built in that location. Besides, this is old news.
      • 7 Years Ago
      is this a replacement for the LS or the Town Car? It's a nice car, definitely one of the best Lincoln designs yet, but I still don't think it will be able to compete with the Germans, something that many people believe the LS could do.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It would be great to see Lincoln reintroduce a big, beautiful, Mark series coupe with RWD, but, then again, I didn't know what 'stringbacks' were, either.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That car is growing on me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I never understood why they killed the LS instead of redesigning it...... When I sold Ford/Lincoln/Mercury and the LS was on its last leg, we still had demand for them, and used LS's sold pretty well. Everyone preferred it over the now renamed "Zephyr" when it first came out.
      • 7 Years Ago
      grill is too powering.
      maybe if they made the chrome lines a little thinner it couldn't be as bad.
      would not buy in its current state!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lincoln simply cannot afford not to make the MKR
      • 7 Years Ago
      That MKS or whatever it's called is 1 fugly Acura TL.
      • 7 Years Ago
      please build the MKR! that thing is absolutely *stunning* and sets an excellent styling theme for the lincoln brand, IMO. the front grille is just awesome.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That MKS or whatever it's called is 1 fugly Acura TL.
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