Lincoln announced plans to dip its toes into the EV segment in June last year by releasing these teaser images. The first production model without a combustion engine from Ford’s luxury division will be revealed very soon, according to a statement made by Lincoln’s North America director Michael Sprague. As a refresher, the zero-emissions Aviator has been pushed back by 18 months to prioritize a boost in the production of the Mustang Mach-E.
A new report from Reuters cites three people familiar with Lincoln’s electric agenda. A veritable SUV assault is planned between now and the end of 2026 as no fewer than five high-riding EVs will be out in the next four years. Aside from the Aviator, other purely electric models on the agenda include the Corsair, Nautilus, and the flagship Navigator.
Contacted by Reuters, Lincoln spokesperson Anika Salceda-Wycoco declined to comment on the report by saying it’s “too early to talk about specific details around future vehicle or production plans.” Leading the way for the firm’s EV onslaught will be the aforementioned Aviator, which will hit the assembly line at the factory in Ontario, Canada either by the end of 2024 or the beginning of 2025.
Lincoln has already partially electrified some of its models by introducing plug-in hybrid powertrains for the Aviator and Corsair. According to a promise made last year by Lincoln, all models will be electrified by the end of the decade, but if Reuters’ report is to be believed, it looks like there has been a change of plan to fast-track the adoption of EVs.
EV versions of the Corsair and Nautilus are rumored to be assembled at the same plant in Oakville from 2025 or 2026, according to two sources within Lincoln with access to internal documents. Some of the products will ride on an upgraded platform underpinning the Mustang Mach-E, while the big-daddy Navigator EV is apparently slated to arrive in 2026. The full-size SUV will sit on a newly developed bespoke electric truck architecture that will also be used by the next-gen F-150 Lightning.