A crossover based on the new Ford Escape platform will likely hit our market in the next few years, along with a new compact model that may be based on the Ford Focus. The compact Lincoln looks all the more likely when you consider that Cadillac just rolled out the ATS compact, Acura brought out the ILX compact, Mercedes is readying the CLA compact, and BMW recently refreshed it’s small 1-series.
In terms of crossovers, Lincoln is already late to the party, as Mercedes offers the GLK, Audi has the Q3, and BMW makes its X1. Rumblings of a Buick Encore based Cadillac have also been floating around, meaning Lincoln will be playing catch up again.
Without the addition of a large flagship to battle Cadillac’s XTS or Mercedes’ S-Class, Lincoln is looking to compete in segment where it believes the most market share can be won in the shortest amount of time. Taking the brand global has also been on the table at Ford, but it seems to be a long term plan at the moment. Breaking into global markets is also being considered during the development of these small vehicles.
In China, Lincoln already has a good reputation, which may help it break into the largest auto market in the world.