Lincoln has been quiet on plans for its second compact.
While we still hold on to hope Lincoln will eventually launch a new rear-wheel-drive sedan, it’s more likely we’ll see a new compact sedan based on the front-wheel-drive Ford Focus platform.
Speaking with Reuters, a person familiar with Lincoln’s plans said a near-premium sedan was being considered for launch in 2016 or later. Such a model would target other near-premium compact sedans such as the Acura ILX, Buick Verano and Mercedes-Benz CLA Class.
Rather than focus on creating new halo models, Lincoln is reportedly targeting high volume segments in order to boost sales. In a presentation shown to investors, Ford officials reportedly showed in a chart that they expect premium compact car and crossover segments to exhibit the most growth over the next decade.