Acura seems to be heading nowhere. They’ll continue making the same mediocre cars that don’t excel at anything but being mediocre (perhaps aside from the upcoming NSX).
Either way, Ford needs to take Lincoln more seriously, with better product that is engineered and designed with greater independence from the respective Ford platform mates. Think Cadillac within Chevrolet/GM, and Audi within VWAG.
Unfortunately, Lincolns are still nicer Fords today. When this will change is anyone’s guess at this point. But the fact remains that Ford needs a successful luxury brand for the sake of profit, to ensure it is competitive with the full-line global automakers that have successful luxury divisions/brands.