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Exclusive: Lincoln’s Upcoming RWD Crossover
By Derek Kreindler on October 7, 2014

Thanks to TTAC‘s sources inside the Blue Oval (the same ones who scuttled rumors of a revived Ford GT), we can exclusively reveal that the long awaited RWD Lincoln is in the works, along with a Ford counterpart. But the newest rear-drive Blue Oval vehicle won’t be a sedan ala the Lincoln Continental or a Ford Falcon revival. It’s going to be a crossover.

On the surface, the idea of two rear-drive crossovers makes zero sense at all. Rear-wheel drive is now primarily used for enhanced driving dynamics, and a crossover isn’t exactly the kind of vehicle that stands to benefit from such a layout. But Ford has tried this before with the Australian market Territory (above) a vehicle that was widely lauded for its performance and practicality.

But a closer look at the dynamics of the auto market place shows that a new full-size sedan is a fool’s errand. The full-size market is shrinking with each year, as large crossovers take an increasing bite out of a once dominant segment. The next generation Ford Taurus is rumored to be dead in the water after it bombed a series of design clinics – instead, a large Ford sedan based on the Fusion’s CD platform will be built for the Chinese market, alongside Project GOBI, a large Lincoln sedan, akin to the MKS, but focused on Chinese tastes and sold world wide.

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Lincoln Wants a RWD Crossover?

We never knew that combination even existed.

Ford is now ready to invest even more in Lincoln as it continues to turn the struggling luxury brand into something relevant. It’s going to be an uphill battle, but the new MKC and MKZ are solid starts. Lincoln still needs new product, however, and according to an exclusive report coming from The Truth About Cars, one new model will be rear-wheel-drive. But don’t get too excited just yet because it’s not going to be a RWD sedan. Nor will it be a coupe based on the Mustang’s platform. No, we’re looking at a RWD crossover here. Really?

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So much amazingly false information being peddled as truth by TTAC. These are the same guys that have been banned from using Ford's press fleet due to their gratuitously incendiary articles.
 
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1gen of fwd then back to rwd? i call bs
 
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Lincoln could use all the help they could get. I doubt they're going to make the Explorer RWD. It basically competes against the Traverse/Enclave/Acadia triplets. RWD seems both unnecessary in such huge vehicles and it would take away packaging flexibility, which is a necessity in these minivan alternatives.
 

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Lincoln could use all the help they could get. I doubt they're going to make the Explorer RWD. It basically competes against the Traverse/Enclave/Acadia triplets. RWD seems both unnecessary in such huge vehicles and it would take away packaging flexibility, which is a necessity in these minivan alternatives.
The Explorer should, and has historically competed with vehicles like the Grand Cherokee. Let the next generation Flex compete with the Lambda triplets.
 

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I'm not going to confirm or deny the RWD Lincoln product plans, but no next generation Taurus? C'mon now.
 
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I think it is a great move more choice of drivetrains, nobody need feel like they are left out or forgotten about at Lincoln, they will have something for everyone thats gotta be a smart move sounds like a great idea.

All the quality automakers us this this drivetrain are making lots of money, Jeep sales are on a vertical climb at the moment.
 

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The current Explorer has been a huge success, partly (perhaps mainly) because it's on a car-based FWD chassis yet with a body that looks like a truck-based SUV. The lambdas look like the FWD crossovers that they are, which apparently sells well too. I don't believe for a minute that Ford will switch the Explorer back to RWD. They may come out with a larger RWD SUV but it won't be called Explorer any time soon.
 

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I'm not going to confirm or deny the RWD Lincoln product plans, but no next generation Taurus? C'mon now.
I could see a RWD Explorer, but I can't see it moving away from being Taurus-related.

Knowledgeable posters at Blue Oval News say the evidence indicates the next Taurus will be China only. I have my doubts about this RWD Explorer.
I have a hard time believing that, too.

The Taurus is no barn burner in sales here, but I doubt it would be China-only.

Shouldn't we find out about the new Taurus soon?
 

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The current Explorer has been a huge success, partly (perhaps mainly) because it's on a car-based FWD chassis yet with a body that looks like a truck-based SUV. The lambdas look like the FWD crossovers that they are, which apparently sells well too. I don't believe for a minute that Ford will switch the Explorer back to RWD. They may come out with a larger RWD SUV but it won't be called Explorer any time soon.
It could conceivably be a RWD platform suited to both cars and crossovers.

RWD Ford car and SUV for Australia, RWD Ford car and SUV for America plus a RWD Lincoln SUV, RWD Ford car and SUV for China plus RWD Lincoln SUV and car for China? Possibly bring the car over the the US to supplement the Mustang-based car maybe ~8 years out?
 

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Lets see I can play this guessing game....

We know next generation Expedition and Navigator will be RWD and Aluminum....
So why not an Explorer and Lincoln counter part based off a down sized Expedition and Navigator in Aluminum.....
Ford plants are made to facilitate more than one model per assembly line......
Conclusions it will be Aluminum and RWD.....
 

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I have a hard time believing this as well. But as for the Taurus, I have a hard time believing that will be going away and being China only, that means then they would give up the police sedan market to Dodge and Chevy.
 

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After 2016 when Chevy stops production of the Impala Limited and Caprice Chevy will have no police sedan either nor will they have a car for Nascar.
I have a hard time believing this as well. But as for the Taurus, I have a hard time believing that will be going away and being China only, that means then they would give up the police sedan market to Dodge and Chevy.
 
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BMWs RWD crossovers drive very well. A lot better than a mushy FWD explorer. Though I am not even an import fan.
and the FORD has way better room on the inside VS the outside dimensions

the death of the large car market has bean going on for a while and with "ONE ford" the Taurus is a ONE market odd ball it makes sense to "kill off" the Taurus
then after that FORD will have to make a chassis specifically for the Explorer BUT RWD still has little relation to OTHER chassis FORD have and going full frame would be even worse packaging wise then just RWD

look to the Tahoe VS lambda for "proof"
 
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