Lincoln Continental fans, we’ve got some bad news for all two of you.
The Lincoln Continental’s days are numbered. We could have guessed that given how poorly the full-size luxury sedan sells, but now we have proof. Well, almost proof.
Automotive News recently found out via some Ford sources that the company is going to start making a pair of new battery-powered crossovers at their facility in Flat Rock, Michigan. The only issue there is that is currently where Ford builds the Lincoln Continental. You can see where we’re going with this.
The Continental's sales have been less than stellar. They got a brief boost in December of last year with the announcement of the 80th Anniversary Edition and its suicide doors (although Ford prefers to call them "coach doors," "center-opening doors," or "rear-hinged," doors), but since then sales have trailed off.
Now we know Ford plans to cut Continental production in late 2021, then retool Flat Rock to start making electric vehicles.
As for those electric vehicles, we know they'll be crossovers for both Ford and Lincoln and that they have code names CDX746 and CDX747. They were originally going to be made in Mexico, but Ford decided to move production to Flat Rock.
Or at least, they might be doing that. The report mentions that Ford may use moving this EV production from Mexico to Michigan as a bargaining chip in the ongoing contract negotiations with the UAW. Nothing is set in stone right now, but the sources seemed pretty confident.
The report also says that production will start in 2022 for the 2023 model year, with both crossovers being similar in size to the Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus. Ford expects to produce 65,000 units per year.
Meanwhile, the Continental will live on in China where Ford makes them for the local market. It’s unknown if Ford will import Chinese-made Continentals to America, but given the small sales volume and ongoing trade war, we highly doubt it.