Report Says Lincoln Will Offer Plug-In Hybrid Variants of All Models by 2022
Better late than never to the green-luxury party.
Lincoln may not be the industry’s most exciting luxury brand, or even America’s most exciting luxury brand. No doubt by offering more crossovers and SUVs than sedans, Lincoln has quietly been seeing some decent sales growth with their comfortable, mostly affordable luxury market offerings. The company has sold over 100,000 units per year in the U.S. since 2015, and is on track to hit a six-digit sales number again this year. That might not sound that impressive compared to many competitors, but nonetheless 2016 was Lincoln’s best year since 2007.
In the next five years, those dull-but-good Lincolns will further boost their eco status. Currently, the only hybrid Lincoln is the MKZ Hybrid, itself a re-skinned Ford Fusion Hybrid. That’s about to change, according to Automotive News, which reports three different sources telling saying that every model in the Lincoln lineup will have a gas-electric hybrid variant by 2022. Combined, Ford and Lincoln currently offer six hybrid and electric models, and the bosses at Ford want to triple that number in the next five years.
The unnamed sources also shared a loose timeline of Lincoln’s plans for the next few years: we can expect a conventional hybrid of the Navigator in 2019, which will likely share some technology with the upcoming hybrid Ford F-150, and a plug-in hybrid Navigator should arrive at some point by 2022.
Also in 2019 we’ll see a refreshed MKC and the return of the Aviator in the form of a crossover. In 2020, we’ll get a redesigned MKZ, and the Continental and MKX will both be refreshed in 2022. All aforementioned Lincoln models will have plug-in hybrid variants introduced along with their respective redesigns and introductions.
New powertrain options and a new model in a hot segment could be a big help in continuing Lincoln’s growth in sales—and relevance.