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Lincoln prepares to launch seven new or improved vehicles into production in the next few years.
Lincoln will have seven new or improved products by 2013. Ford's global product chief, Derrick Kuzak, has said Ford will show some new or refreshed Lincoln products this year. While the Lincolns get redesigned, they will be differentiated from Ford models by sheet metal, with their wheelbases and length of the front and rear overhangs. Some models will get unique powertrains mated with eight-speed transmissions. All of these changes are desperately needed if Lincoln as a brand is going to survive.
So here's a basic future breakdown: Lincoln will be receiving a small crossover based on Ford's next-generation Kuga from Europe, possibly by the 2013 model year. The vehicle would sit on the global compact car platform currently underpinning the Focus. The American automaker is also considering a compact car for Lincoln, which may not arrive before the 2016 or even 2017 model year. The MKZ will also feature different styling from the Fusion. Sedans should be redesigned for the 2013 model year and move to Ford's global mid-sized platform. The MKZ could actually launch before the Fusion and Mondeo by a few months.
The flagship MKS sedan is also set to be refreshed for 2013. The most significant change will be in the appearance of the grille and sides, with a more streamlined design. The MKS, however, will keep its vertical orientation in the taillights, despite the fact that Lincoln vehicles are moving to a more horizontal look. The MKS will continue to offer the 3.5-liter turbocharged direct-injection EcoBoost V6. There may be a chance that it could be receiving the 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine that Ford will be giving the refreshed 2013 Taurus.
Ford will redesign the MKX for 2014 and base it on their global mid-sized platform. In the meantime, Lincoln is expected to give the crossover a new look for 2012 or 2013, with only minor changes to the grille, taillights and possibly an upgraded interior. Ford has also been reportedly considering replacing the MKT after 2014 with a vehicle derived from the Explorer that would have exclusive sheet metal and more off-road capabilities. The Navigator will likely get a restyle for the upcoming 2012 model year. It will share powertrain with the F-Series pickup line and receive an EcoBoost V6 engine.
Ford has put a redesign for the Navigator and Expedition on hold for the moment. The redesign will likely stay on hold until Ford can figure out what it plans to do with Lincoln's enormous SUV, and whether or not they should keep the MKT.