Lincoln To Offer ‘Elegant’ Electric SUV Based On Mustang-Inspired Crossover

Ford’s President of North America Kumar Galhotra revealed that Lincoln will make use of the EV platform employed by the Mustang-inspired SUV to create its own electric utility vehicle.

Galhotra pointed out that the two models will “absolutely” be distinct from each other at the Autonomotive News World Congress. More specifically Lincoln’s EV will retain the “quiet luxury” values of the brand, whereas the 2020 Ford electric SUV is expected to feature a more aggressive design.

“You can make beautiful vehicles in different ways,” Galhotra said. “The BEV technology gives us so much freedom to sculpt that vehicle exactly how we want it. We’re going to create elegant Lincoln BEVs.”

However, Galhotra didn’t say when exactly Lincoln is going to launch it in the market, adding only that it will feature a quiet interior and user-friendly controls.

“You have a lot more flexibility,” he said. “It’s not so much if we’re going to be aggressive or not. It’s how do we use all those pieces of technology to deliver on the brand essence of Lincoln, which will be understated, quiet luxury.”

Ford is planning to offer the Mustang-inspired electric SUV in 2020 with a driving range of over 300 miles (482km). It’s expected to focus on on-road performance and share some styling cues from the Mustang. Originally known as the ‘Mach 1’, the new electric utility vehicle is reportedly going to be based on a specially adapted version of the new Focus’ C2 architecture.

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  • LJ

    The new Aviator is a stunning vehicle. Blows the XT6 out of the water.

    • cbATL

      and all the BMW and Mercedes SUV’s as well.

      • ErnieB

        Also making Land Rover look cheap..

      • Merc1

        Nonsense.

        M

      • no25

        HAHAHA you made Merc1 upset. 🙁 Don’t you know not to say anything bad about Mercedes because his little heart can’t take it?

        • Merc1

          So you actually think the Aviator blows ALL the BMW and MB suvs out the water? Or are you just here to chime in because you have nothing else to do?

          M

          • no25

            On account that the new Aviator has not even been put to the test, no one can know. I am just here because I love how you can’t take someone saying one bad thing about Mercedes because according to you they are the top brand and NO ONE can beat them, right? lmao. Please.

          • Merc1

            Then he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

            Nope, never said that. Mercedes gets beat in certain segments all the time. You’ve made a great ASSumption here.

            M

          • no25

            No, honey. I have seen you on many posts commenting on almost every person’s post that demotes Mercedes’s status in any way. It’s not an ASSumption. It’s the truth. If you can’t handle it, then sucks for you.

          • Merc1

            Nope, sorry you’ve NEVER seen me say that Mercedes can’t be beat, that is different from me commenting about Mercedes. That about not being beat is just a flat lie. Now if you have proof of me saying that, then by all means post it. Otherwise you’re talking out your neck again.

            M

        • cbATL

          no25 – I could give 2………or 3 @#$%s if this makes Merc1 upset, but I appreciate the heads up!

    • ErnieB

      That XT6 doesn’t stand a chance.. BMW and Mercedes have some serious competition.

    • YUDHA BAGASKARA

      lincoln marque should enter european market if it can compete with european rivals like discovery, xc90, x5 and gle

    • Merc1

      It has been over 20 years since I’ve even looked at a Lincoln, but this Aviator is winner.

      M

  • eye.surgeon

    Ford could teach the Chinese a thing or two about ripping off designs. I assumed this was a new Land Rover.

    • Hot Twink

      This isn’t a ripped or copied design of Land-Rover. Some of Land Rover’s designers still work at Ford, including Jim Holland. They’re influence on newer Fords is why the vehicles have Land-Rover like design cues.

      • Astonman

        Too much influence. Just because you have designers who worked on Land Rover, should you emulate it so significantly? While on this site we bash the Chinese for blatantly copying. Ford is notorious for stealing styling cues from their days of owning premium brands like Jaguar, Land Rover and Aston Martin. They were hoping by adding these cues to the American line up, it would boost the American appeals. You could see Jaguar themes in the 90’s in the Continental. The present 2018 Explorer emulates Land Rover design cues. All of Ford’s sedans stole Aston Martin’s iconic grill which pist Aston Martin to no end. The new Continental looked so much like Bentley’s Continental that head of design at the time Luc Donckerwolke was so incensed that he tweeted “Do you want us to send the product tooling”. So eye.surgeon is correct in Ford’s design philosophy of some of its cars. I feel bad for the designers because they want to flex their artistic prowess but the the guys at the top say, “make it look like this”.

        • Mike anonymous

          I will note that the Bentley comment was not made toward the production version, but rather the concept of the Continental. They made the comment because it was rumored they were going to have the Continental compete with… well the continental. Bentley was not exactly looking for competition in a space where it’s vehicle would not be able to compete. The comment was later retracted by Bentley execs because the design cues that are on their vehicles originally came from Lincoln dating back from the 1960 all the way to the beginning of the 20th century.

          As for the other stuff I’ll refer you to my comment above. But Ford is responsible for the way Jaguars, LandRovers, & (most) Aston Martins (every last generation Aston (which they are only just now moving on from)), all look today. It’s the reason most companies don’t ‘sue’ Ford,.. because their design comes from Ford (apart from some companies not even being around if it were not for Ford stepping in to keep certain brands from completely dying off (in the late 1990’s and 2000’s)).

          • Astonman

            I’d be interested in seeing the design cues you mentioned. I understand they made those styling copies when they owned these companies – but I think it dilutes the brand equity of the premium products. I know exactly what they were thinking when they brought those design cues to the lower line. They figured to raise the prestige a little and be able to increase sales. It makes sense. But they have done it so often. They sold Aston in 2007 and in 2012 they came out with a similar front end.

      • Mike anonymous

        I think it’s funny that many say Ford copies the style and design of LandRover. (The Reason Ford can do with without LR saying much (apart from your point) is because) Ford is the REASON LandRovers LOOK like LandRovers today, they are actually responsible for the modern design and styling of most LRs’ in the modern era as Ford actually used to OWN JR/LR (in addition to companies such as Aston Martin).

        So the design isn’t ripped off, but is actually just being ‘re-borrowed’ as they are the ones that implemented that design (to those companies) originally in the first place back when Ford still owned them, all the way up until about 2008 (If I am not mistaken).

        ALSO FUN FACT: The Lincoln MKC is actually based on the first generation LandRover Evoque as they both share practically the same platform (if not more). The vehicles share a lot of similarities

  • Paul

    Elegant and Mustang are in conflict.

  • Bash

    I bet it will look better than the Evoque.

    • Dennis Scipio

      I wouldn’t hold my breath on that.

  • Dennis Scipio

    I’m still mildly jealous and baffled on how some would think that the vehicle which is essentially a badge-engineered Ford Explorer could looks that beautiful looking.

    • LJ

      Because it’s not a badge engineered Ford Explorer.

      Badge engineering is when two cars look nearly identical: ’99 Escalade/GMC Denali, Dodge/Plymouth Neon (literally the same car with different badging), Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, Camaro/Firebird, etc.

      The new Aviator and Explorer may share the same platform, but that’s about it. Visually, they’re completely different.

      Badge engineering and sharing the same platform are two different things.

      • Dennis Scipio

        I don’t care.

        • LJ

          Hey man, you made the comment. Just giving you a little education.

          • Dennis Scipio

            Let me rephase myself: the previous generation Aviator was a badge engineered Ford Explorer, sorry, My point still stands, uhh, Do you think the New Aviator looks good?

          • LJ

            Your point doesn’t stand because it’s based on a false premise: that the new Aviator is a badge engineered Explorer, which you feel is unattractive, so how could the Aviator be found attractive.

            The previous gen Aviator was badge engineered. You are correct. That’s a different conversation.

            Yes. I think the new Aviator looks great.

          • Dennis Scipio

            Whatever, I probably regret the things I say sometimes. even if my opinion is the minority. Maybe when I actually get a chance to test drive it, my opinion on the car will change.

          • LJ

            No worries my man. Just because it isn’t a badge engineered Explorer doesn’t mean you have to like it. Different strokes for different folks. 🙂

          • Merc1

            It’s pretty gorgeous IMO.

            M

          • Dennis Scipio

            I’m starting to have a second opinion on the vehicle, It’s not as bad as I initially see it. I appreciate Lincoln’s approach to making a worthy contender in the Luxury Mid-Size crossover market. I’m willing to give it a second chance.

          • Merc1

            Look at the Aviator and then the XT6. You’ll really appreciate the Aviator that much more.

            M

      • Merc1

        Correct.

        M

    • Merc1

      It isn’t really badge engineered though. I mean if someone didn’t tell you they were the same vehicle you wouldn’t know it.

      M

      • Dennis Scipio

        I meant to say “Was” the previous generation Aviator “was” a rebadeged Ford Explorer.

  • I WISH THEY’D STOP PUSHING THIS “MUSTANG INSPIRED” NONSENSE.

  • MarketAndChurch

    If it can challenge Tesla and the new Cadillac suv that’s coming out, than I’ll be happy. We don’t need another electric for the sake of having a high mpg vehicle with tremendous range, luxury EV’s should be about performance as it’s primary focus, and have amazing range as just an added, secondary benefit. I hope it is at least as big as the Tesla Model X, the mustang-suv looks the size of the Ford Edge.

  • Mike anonymous

    Just wanted to point this out, but; “More specifically Lincoln’s EV will retain the “quiet luxury” values of the brand”

    I am not sure where this information came from, but Lincoln Stated in a press release late last year that they moved on from “Quiet Luxury” onto “Quiet Flight”. (It may not signify much, but it represents and separates every vehicle the have produced in the 2010s’ from the next generation line-up they are going to be introducing in the 2020s’ which STARTED with the Aviator.

  • Jorge Salazar

    the best looking suv … or vehicle on the market!!!!!!

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