Lincoln's Future Lineup to Grow, Differentiate from Ford

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In an ever-shrinking Ford empire, which has spent much of 2010 selling off and killing brands, Lincoln has a chance to redefine itself through future products. Here's what we've heard about updates and upcoming Lincoln products.

Current Models

MKS: Lincoln's upscale Taurus variant received the corporate EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6 for 2010, and soldiers on with few changes for the 2011 model year. A full redesign is planned for 2016.

MKT: Introduced not long ago, the MKT will be the beneficiary of a cosmetic refresh in 2012. Changes to the Ford Flex platform-mate are not yet confirmed, but may include interior and exterior styling updates.

MKX: The midsize MKX crossover receives a new face for 2011, and a complete redesign is set for the MKX and the Ford Edge for 2014. Other changes for 2011 include the addition of the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system and the 3.7-liter V-6 shared with the Edge.

MKZ: No big changes here. The MKZ is set to be redesigned with the next Ford Fusion, sometime after 2012. We've already reported on the MKZ Hybrid's stellar fuel economy.

Navigator: With the redesign of the next Ford Expedition delayed, there are few updates for the full-size Navigator. The Mustang's 5.0-liter V-8 is rumored to make an appearance in Navigator engine bays, as well as a possible turbocharged EcoBoost engine, but not in the near future.

Planned

Compact car: With the death of Mercury, it's likely that Lincoln will produce a Ford Focus-based compact car. The next-generation Focus is set to launch next year, but don't expect a Lincoln variant to materialize until several years after.

Midsize sedan: Is there room for a second midsize Lincoln sedan? Based on the popularity of the export market Ford Mondeo, Lincoln may incorporate the sedan into its lineup in small numbers to supplement the MKS.

Dead

Town Car: After years of service, the writing is on the wall for the darling of livery fleets across the country. The Town Car is set to end production, like the Ford Crown Victoria, after 2011.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

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