When I had the Autoblog Garage Ford Freestyle, I commented on the potential of the platform. The D3 platform, which the Freestyle is based on, is earmarked for two sedans from Lincoln. Questions abound about whether these front wheel drive vehicles will appeal to buyers. Lincoln plans on offering V8 power and all-wheel drive to the sedans. Lincoln's new sedans should have no problem if they are priced right with proper tuning, luxurious interior appointments, and stylish exterior. The D3 platform is extremely capable and refined even in Ford guise. A Lincoln should ultimately have more power and more refinement. Audi, Acura, Lexus, Volvo, and VW all manage to sell front wheel drive near-luxury and luxury vehicles, there is no reason why a stylish Lincoln could not compete. A Lincoln would be especially competitive with the capable Volvo-based underpinnings, a V8, and all-wheel drive.
I say this but I desperately yearn for a Lincoln sedan based off the Mustang platform, except with independent rear suspension. Such a car would be heavenly with the 4.6-liter V8. I?m going to stare into space and day dream about that for while. Ah! I?ll be brought back to reality when the new ?Continental? and Town Car replacement show up. They?ll be fine for most consumers, but I still wish for something more.