Don't get ahead of yourselves: This is not yet another Lincoln-badged Mustang rumor post, the likes of which seem to crop up every few years. Instead, Ford's wayward luxury division is reportedly hoping to gain access to the bits and pieces that will underpin the next-generation pony car – specifically, the MacPherson front and independent rear suspension setup.

Having this rear-wheel-drive platform could do a number of good things for Lincoln. For example, it could finally give the brand a proper entry-level luxury fighter for the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS, Infiniti G and so on, though brand officials will still insist that the all-wheel-drive MKZ suits this need just fine.

According to Car and Driver, this forthcoming rear-wheel-drive architecture could be used to better place the awkward MKS in its mid-size luxury segment. Rather than being simply a more expensive Ford Taurus, the MKS could transform itself into a genuine 5 Series or CTS fighter. Perhaps it could even look something like Lincoln's 2007 MKR concept shown above. Furthermore, a proper rear-wheel-drive flagship could be in the cards for Lincoln, though the Mustang's platform would need to be seriously overhauled and stretched to handle such a task.

But for Ford, as C/D points out, would it really make sense to go through all the trouble of creating a bona fide rear-wheel-drive sedan and not just slap a Blue Oval badge on it? If the automaker truly wants Lincoln to survive, then many pundits would say yes.


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      Sgt Beavis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Isn't it just a little ironic that the current Mustang finds its roots in the platform that used to underpin the Lincoln LS.
      1guyin10
      • 2 Years Ago
      They really, really need a RWD platform for Lincoln.
      WINNER
      • 2 Years Ago
      This COULD be a great idea or the stake through Lincolns heart. Lincoln needs some serious help. Lincoln has a FEW issues, #1 BORING cars.. Styling that would bore my grandmother #2 No excitement under the hood, I understand that MPG's say a lot right now but Lincoln needs to go in another direction. MAKE THE CONTINENTAL. Make it with a big V8, Large Chiseled body. Something that would crush the Chrysler 300. Suicide doors, Maybe a reverse hood opening. Cadillac has surpassed Lincoln over a decade ago and hasnt looked back since. Now Cadillac is taking on the likes of BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Lexus and BEATING them. Its not always about how many MPGs you get or whos the fastest. Its about building a beautiful car that is reliable and stands out from the rest. Lincoln is hanging on by a thread... Stitch it up or CUT IT OFF.
      Travisty
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am 100% for this ON ONE CONDITION: That Lincoln has ZERO INPUT on the new architecture. The last thing I want to hear is "the reason the Mustang is bigger and heavier than the previous platform is Lincoln wanted to ensure that they could stretch the platform to accommodate their needs...." Build the Mustang platform first, and optimize it for the Mustang. *Then* look at allowing Lincoln to use it or modify a version for their purposes.
        brian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Travisty
        Exactly - This is why the Mustang, Challenger and Camaro are so bloated: They're built off full-size sedan platforms.
      Josh Keady
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh, hey, what a quick bunch of go-getters they have at Lincoln. The public wants a RWD luxury sedan to compete with Cadillac, BMW, et al., and a scant ten years later, they are on it like a comet- kind of thinking about it. Well done, guys. ::golf clap::
      GFB
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is still a rumor but it shows that Ford's granting Lincoln its own dedicated engineering team and design team (only last year) may bear fruit. The Lincoln teams must have leaked this story in order to light a fire under Ford's derrière. Ford certainly didn't make any announcement and there is no certain that Ford will say yes. I suspect Lincoln management is monitoring these blog-sites and the comments that we enter. I can see Lincoln team managers slamming them down on some Ford exec's desk screaming that the public loves the idea (I can dream, can't I?). They know that - forgetting the trucks - Lincoln cannot survive selling two 4-door Ford clones and nothing else. No coupes, no convertibles, no estates (I prefer that word to station wagons), no sports cars There is no reason Ford cannot negotiate with Jaguar for the immediate use of the DEW98 that they helped to engineer. Taking the D2 Mustang platform, which is really a dumbed-down version of the DEW98, and smartening it up by putting back the tricky bits the they removed from it seem so downright ... Ford (I was going to write "dumb" but in this context the words are synonymous).
      unfined
      • 2 Years Ago
      Definitely the best news I've heard in a long while. Why they got rid of the LS platform still boggles my mind. That was a great car and could have developed Lincoln into something great.
      karmakid
      • 2 Years Ago
      wasnt it said that they (lincoln) say the next gen mks would share bits or the same platform with the next gen falcon? which then there was talk of the next falcon riding on a stretched next gen mustang? would be cool if it, the next mks, only have the 3.5 ecoboost and 5.0, better yet the 6.2
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @karmakid
        I do not recall ever reading that. I believe you are thinking of the Mustang sharing bits with the Falcon, and that was planned back in the early 00s, but the differing needs of the two cars put paid to that.
      Classic Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      The current product line does not live up to Lincoln’s heritage, nor any of it’s competitor’s standards. It’s been a dying brand for years,.. no, decades.. Lincoln, you need to built it! Make it look better than a Cadillac, drive better than a BMW, and for the clincher add rear suicide doors... Do that, and you may live...
      Leon
      • 2 Years Ago
      i have video of this lincoln driving on my phone...it looks ridiculous on the road. The only good thing about living in michigan is seeing concepts on the road.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Call it the Continental.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
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      F1
      • 2 Years Ago
      lincoln has alot of potential. theyve made some nice looking concepts but it seems like they lose theyre balls once they start approving things for production.
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