DETROIT -- Lincoln is looking for buyers who want luxury in a smaller package.
With its pickup dead and the Navigator SUV selling poorly, Lincoln is considering vehicles as small as the Ford Focus. A compact crossover seems certain in 2011, and a compact car also is a possibility.
They would be the smallest Lincolns in memory and part of an expanding range of cars and crossovers for the luxury brand that Ford Motor Co. wants to rejuvenate.
But unless a coupe based on the Ford Mustang platform materializes, Lincoln will walk away from rear-wheel-drive cars when the Town Car dies in 2011. Ford Motor scrapped plans for a range of large rwd sedans for Ford and Lincoln after gasoline prices spiked last year.
Here's what Lincoln plans for the 2010 through 2012 model years.
Compact car: Ford has explored offering a compact car based on the next-generation global Focus platform. But such a vehicle is far from definite. Ford product chief Derrick Kuzak has said Lincoln has room in its line for a front-wheel-drive compact car.
The interest reflects the introduction earlier this decade of small, lower-priced models by such luxury brands as BMW and Mercedes-Benz. At the 2009 Detroit auto show, Ford Motor showcased the Lincoln C, a concept intended for upscale, urban consumers.
The four-door concept features a low-slung shoulder line with tires pushed to the corners of the fenders. The B-pillar is absent. The doors open from the center, a design cue adopted from the 1961-69 Continental. Under the hood is a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine.
If a compact Lincoln car is built, timing would lag that of the next-generation Focus. Production of the redesigned Focus is expected in late 2010.
MKZ: The sedan was reskinned for the 2010 model year.
The MKZ will be redesigned along with the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan for the 2013 model year. The three will migrate to Ford's global mid-sized platform.
MKS: Lincoln added a 355-hp, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 for the 2010 model year. A reskin is expected in late 2011 or early 2012; it is unclear whether the car will be a 2012 or 2013 model. A restyling and re-engineering are slated for the 2015 model year.
Town Car: The sedan is expected to be discontinued in 2011.
Compact crossover: A crossover developed on Ford's global compact platform is expected for the 2012 model year. The Lincoln model will share underpinnings with the next-generation Ford Kuga for Europe and the replacements for the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner.
The Lincoln will have distinct sheet metal and interior design to differentiate it from the Ford and Mercury. It could be produced in Louisville, Ky.
MKX: The mid-sized crossover is expected to be restyled for the 2011 model year, adapting Lincoln's signature design cues, including the split grille. A redesign is expected for the 2014 model year, developed on Ford's global mid-sized vehicle platform.