• Mar 17, 2010
Lincoln-grilled 2011 Ford Explorer spy shot – Click above for high-res image gallery

Granted, these aren't the clearest set of spy photos you're going to see this week. Regardless, they are interesting as they show what appears to be a next-gen 2011 Ford Explorer with the familiar face of the current Lincoln lineup grafted in place. Sure, it's not terribly surprising to see a luxurious Lincoln created from a more pedestrian Ford product – it happens all the time – but why the Explorer?

Consider that Lincoln already offers a pair of crossovers that are based on existing Ford models, namely the MKX and the MKT. Consider too that the next Explorer will migrate to a smaller, car-based crossover platform... and one wonders just how many CUVs the Lincoln brand could support.

So, just what is this camo'd vehicle we see roaming the streets? Could it be a new Navigator (or a revival of the ex-Explorer-based Aviator), just a cobbled together mule from spare parts that doesn't have any production intent whatsoever, or something new altogether? Beats us. Feel free to take a look at the pictures and judge for yourselves. Thanks for the images, George!




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      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's all buy a Toileta and go run into a tree. That Lincoln grill SUCKS !!
      Even on a Lincoln.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a Freestyle/Taurus X from a few years ago. Yuck!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, the overall styling of the vehicle does not at all fit with the front. This is either not the same car or it's just got a VERY wrong grille installed to it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mexico / Middle East market Lincoln?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks like the new Lincoln Navi mule...
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's kind of sad what passes for "spy shots" these days.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Fakesies... Those are Taurus X taillights I highly doubt Ford would bring them back for a Lincoln model
        • 4 Years Ago
        it's kind of sad you don't understand that these are reader spy shots, not Brenda Priddy
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's kind of sad that my tea is now cold...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is that a ghost driving that thing? Kinda creepy

      Also, still looks like a Taurus X mule but with a Lincoln grille. Let's seriously hope the next Explorer doesn't look like a mild evolution of the Taurus X.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is very Big, is the Navigator!.

      and one wonders just how many CUVs the Lincoln brand could support?
      R. 4:
      MKY: Kuga/ next Escape
      MKX: Edge.
      MKU: Explorer.
      MKT: Flex.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, right - Ford is sizing down the Navigator to leave the luxury-fullsize-SUV segment to the Escalade.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's ugly to the nines. Bet you don't even know what that means?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Click on the go back button.
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks like an old MKT mule. If you recall in the development cycle of the MKT old Freestyles with transplanted lincoln grilles were used and this looks like one of them (at least in the first two shots) all the other ones look like a mule stage ford explorer (that project now has full prototypes running around)
      loocsettam
      • 4 Years Ago
      whats the point of this car i love what ford is doing to their line up of cars but wtf are they doing to lincoln i dont want a badge engineered luxury car when i could go to the ford dealer down the street and save 10 tho on the same car
        • 4 Years Ago
        @loocsettam
        When you price them out with comparable option packages and adjust for the little things that are available in the Lincolns that aren't on the Fords, the spread becomes pretty minimal. Play with the Expedition/Navigator configurations and you'll see.
      • 4 Years Ago
      nearly 30 @ time of this post and no mention of how fugly the new grille treatment on the MKT and soon to be seen MKX is... am I the only one that HATES it? honestly it makes me think of a blue whale every time I see it. For some reason... it seems to work on the MKS&MKZ tho
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