Rumors about a Mustang-based Lincoln have been swirling for years but the company's global director has downplayed that possibility in a recent interview.

Rumors about a Mustang-based Lincoln have been swirling for years but the company's global director has downplayed that possibility in a recent interview.

Speaking to Automotive News, Matt VanDyke said Lincoln needs to focus on their core lineup.  He went on to say "luxury coupes and sports cars are not the first place we need to go."

The news won't sit well with enthusiasts but it doesn't mean Lincoln has given up on performance.  Just last week, the company took the wraps off the facelifted MKZ which will be available with an all-new 3.0-liter GTDI V6 engine that produces up to 400 bhp (298 kW) and 400 lb-ft (541 Nm) of torque.

Lincoln will also introduce three new models in the coming years and the first will be the Continental which will debut at the North American International Auto Show in January.   The other two vehicles remain shrouded in secrecy but previous reports have suggested the company is working on an all-new crossover which could revive the Aviator moniker.  It will reportedly be based on the Ford Explorer and replace the slow selling MKT.

Source: Automotive News

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