Lincoln may not be Buick, but it’s pulling a Buick, with eight Chinese dealerships opening in seven cities this autumn. The plan is to have sixty dealerships in fifty cities by the end of 2016. If Lincoln can sell 150,000 cars per year there, China could become its biggest market.
Cadillac is also making a big push in China, although it hasn’t given up on Western Europe. Most of its lineup becomes rear-wheel drive (with all-wheel-drive options). The Cadillac we’re most anticipating is the 2016 LTS, a rear-wheel-drive/all-wheel-drive sedan the size of a Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan, shown in a rendering above. Also expected for the 2016 model year are the twin-turbo, 3.6-liter V-6-powered ATS-V; the small-block-powered CTS-V; and a new SRX. A smaller front-wheel-drive/all-wheel-drive Lincoln MKC crossover competitor is expected for 2017. The Lambda-based (Buick Enclave) Escalade XTX crossover has been canceled. A second-generation front-wheel-drive/all-wheel-drive 2019 XTS sedan remains in the plans.
After the 2015 Lincoln MKC compact CUV launches this fall, the new mid-size two-row MKX (concept shown above) arrives next year as a 2015 model. The MKS, which won’t be sold in China, will be replaced by a new 2018 Lincoln flagship that will be sold there. Although it remains front-wheel-drive/all-wheel-drive on an extended MKZ platform, the Lincoln will have a stretched section between the front door cut and the front wheel that will give it the dash-to-axle body proportion of a rear-wheel-drive car. Except for its 2015 Navigator, Lincoln appears to have no plans for any rear-wheel-drive models.