Not long ago, we got word from a certain Canadian rockstar that a full-size Lincoln Continental sedan could be on its way for the 2016 model year. We originally assumed that the upcoming Continental would be based on a stretched version of Ford’s CD4 platform. The architecture is seen in regular wheelbase form in the front-wheel-drive MKZ and Fusion. But according to our sources, the upcoming Continental may actually be rear-wheel drive. What’s more, we may see it next week at the 2015 New York Auto Show.
Running parallel to rumors about the return of the Lincoln Continental are whispers about the next-generation Lincoln MKS. Though many believe that the model will debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show on Ford’s CD4 platform, our information suggests that the next-gen MKS, which may be called Continental, will roll into NYC on Lincoln’s new D6/CD6 rear- and all-wheel drive platform — finally giving Lincoln a “proper” architecture in the luxury vehicle space. The architecture may also underpin other AWD/RWD models from the brand.
If Lincoln isn’t showing off an example of the new Continental/MKS large sedan — even in concept form — we may see our first glance at a replacement to the slow-selling MKT, which would likely be related to the Ford Explorer, and could be called the Aviator.
The rear-drive MKS replacement will likely be powered either by Ford’s new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 or 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engines, while the Mustang’s 5.0-liter Coyote V8 may serve as an optional powerplant. The powertrains could also be linked up to Ford’s upcoming 10-speed automatic transmission that it is co-developing with General Motors for RWD applications.
And though all we can do at this point is speculate, where’s there’s smoke there’s usually fire. We’ll find out for sure what secrets Lincoln is hiding when it holds its press conference in NYC early April.