Lincoln is set to launch a replacement for its MKS in 2016 and according to a somewhat unusual source it may end up being called a Continental. The source of the information is none other than singer Neil Young, who on a recent episode of Mad Money on CNBC (see below) revealed that he’s working with Lincoln to have his high-quality digital music player and download service, Pono, available on its "Continental" for a “2016 release.” He also revealed that Pono will be available in future Teslas.
Although Young initially makes a mistake when mentioning the 2016 release in his interview—he starts of stating “1990” but then corrects himself—he is certainly no stranger to Lincoln and the Continental. Back in 2010, a 1959 Lincoln Continental converted to run on electric power by Young caught fire and burned part of a warehouse packed with memorabilia from his music career.
As for the new Continental, if that is in fact the name of Lincoln’s MKS replacement, it will be based on a stretched version of the front-wheel-drive platform underpinning the MKZ and a host of other Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] vehicles. We’ll get the standard version here in the U.S. while in China Lincoln will market a long-wheelbase version.
Look for the MKS replacement, whatever it’s called, to be revealed late next year before going on sale in 2016.