- Rivian’s skateboard platform will serve as the foundation.
- Following the PHEV Grand Touring Lincoln Aviator and Corsair, this is the next step in Lincoln’s electrification plan.
- The arrival of this EV will officially seal the MKZ’s fate.
We are very tempted to add that this Rivian-Lincoln association, which officially kills the slow-selling Lincoln MKZ sedan, will also mark the end of cars for Lincoln. We’ve all heard countless rumours that the Lincoln Continental’s living on borrowed time. But we can’t exactly make this part of the news story as Ford’s luxury brand seems to be avoiding qualifying this new electric vehicle an SUV.
We can only applaud this expected move if mostly for the speed with which Ford is moving in an attempt to be a real competitive player among the relatively few EV providers at the moment. The coming of this “new luxury electric vehicle” is part of Ford’s $11.5 billion investment in electrification, which includes the Mustang Mach-E and an electric version of the F-150. This is also part of Ford Motor Company’s equity investment in Rivian.
The fact that this new Lincoln EV will be built on Rivian’s skateboard platform likely means it will share its four-motor layout and surely be offered with various battery sizes. We reached out to Ford to see if we could grab an extra piece of info or two but unfortunately, none were shared.
Somehow, we’re far more intrigued in what Lincoln/Rivian have in store than how we felt about the coming of a Mustang-inspired EV. Makes sense we suppose…
More on this when available.