For many fans of luxury cars, Lincoln stands for the best that North America has to offer — a brand that can stand toe to toe with international heavyweights like Mercedes-Benz and BMW. While the beginning of the 21st century saw Lincoln struggling to find its way in a world where the SUV was king, in recent years Lincoln has been getting back on top. With new vehicles slated to appear in showrooms next year, luxury car fans are excited to see what is coming next from one of most revered automotive brands in the world.
Lincoln Aviator
One of the biggest pieces of news out of the 2018 New York Auto Show was the return, after a fourteen-year hiatus, of the Lincoln Aviator. The first generation of Aviator had been produced from 2002 to 2005 and marketed as a smaller alternative to the full-size Lincoln Navigator, and following its discontinuation the Lincoln MKX and MKT were designed to fill the mid-size gap. With the second generation, Lincoln has re-envisioned the Aviator as a full-size, three-row SUV whose aerodynamic lines and sweeping offer a classy, timeless contrast to the more angular designs currently in vogue.
But it is the Aviator’s special features that are garnering it the most attention among luxury car fans. Not only will it offer a plug-in hybrid option, it is also scheduled to include cutting edge technology like the much-vaunted phone-as-a-key function. For luxury car fans who like to test drive a new Lincoln as soon as it hits showrooms, this is one car that can’t come soon enough.
Lincoln Nautilus
Nautilus is the new name for Lincoln’s reimagined MKX, and while it won’t be available until 2019, it is already garnering attention among automotive enthusiasts for its bold new look and exciting features. Building off of the classic look that has garnered so much praise for the newest generation of Continentals, with the Nautilus Lincoln is clearly moving its compact SUV in a more sophisticated, urbane direction. This is matched by the new engine options — a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder offering 245 horsepower and a turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 offering 335 horsepower — both of which offer a greater degree of fuel economy for drivers who want to keep gas costs down and their carbon footprint light.
2019 Lincoln Continental
For decades, the Continental was Lincoln’s flagship vehicle, a stately sedan that served Presidents and movie stars and proved that America could produce luxury cars every bit as sleek and sophisticated as the top European brands. By the beginning of the 21st century, however, it had fallen from favour among a generation of shoppers in thrall to luxury SUVs like the Navigator, and its nameplate was retired from 2002-2017.
When the tenth generation started rolling off production lines, industry watchers were amazed by the degree to which Lincoln had been able to blend the classy aesthetic of the car’s mid-century glory days with the latest technology. Two years in, there are already rumours that the Continental is going to get some exciting new additions in 2019 or 2020 — including, potentially, suicide doors.
For almost a century, the Lincoln brand has been synonymous with luxury, power, and the best high-end features money can buy. With a range of new vehicles in the works and buzz already beginning to build, Lincoln is riding high on a wave of new ideas and new energy. Luxury car fans are sure to be watching closely to see what this venerable North American brand will do next.