Lincoln and Mercury dealers have their hands full with new and redesigned products for the 1998 model year.
The wave is just now reaching Lincoln with the arrival of the Navigator sport-utility. Starting with the Ford Expedition, designers changed virtually every body panel for the Navigator and made lavish use of leather and wood accents in the interior.
The front-wheel-drive Continental also sports a new look, with a bigger grille, rounded front end and longer rear fenders.
The redesigned Town Car arrives in late November with a rounded look and more rigid frame as Lincoln tries to lower the average age of the car's buyers.
In the Mercury lineup, the 1998 Mystique with redesigned front end arrived in March.
The Sable has front-end changes, including a larger opening with chrome grille bars, as Mercury tries to differentiate the sedan and wagon from the Ford Taurus.
The Mountaineer sport-utility has a revised grille and a new liftgate with a larger window. (See story below.)
The Villager has minor trim changes, while the rear-wheel-drive Cougar coupe has been dropped from the Mercury line.
The 1998 Grand Marquis, with revised front and rear styling, arrives late in the calendar year.