MKS: The 2016 model year will be the MKS' swan song, to hardly anyone's dismay. Sales have fallen each year since 2012, and its departure will mean Ford can instead build about 10,000 more Explorers at the Chicago plant that makes both models.
MKC: Introduced in 2014, the MKC has been a hit for Lincoln, both in the U.S. and China. A redesign could come in 2018, just before or right around the time when the Ford Escape is due for one. Word is there probably won't be anything significant done to the MKC before the redesign.
MKX: The redesigned MKX is Lincoln's fourth new vehicle in four years, completing a much-needed overhaul of its core lineup. Sales, down 33 percent in the first half of the year, jumped 27 percent in July.
The MKX is loaded with technologies that are new to Lincoln, including adaptive steering, precollision assist and a 360-degree camera. A front camera deploys from behind a retractable Lincoln star badge in the center of the split-wing grille -- likely the last time this design appears on a new Lincoln. But the MKX has to wait for the 2017 model year to get the new Sync 3 infotainment system.
The MKX has better handling and a quieter interior than its predecessor, with a package of ride-enhancing features called Lincoln Drive Control. The standard 3.7-liter V-6 generates 303 hp and 278 pounds-feet of torque, or buyers can upgrade to a 2.7-liter, EcoBoost V-6 that's rated at 335 hp and 380 pounds-feet of torque. Four up-level Black Label themes are available, including two new ones inspired by 1920s Paris ("The Muse") and horse racing ("Thoroughbred").
The MKX is the first Lincoln to benefit from the brand's 10-year partnership with Harman's high-end Revel division; Revel created 13- and 19-speaker systems specifically tuned for the acoustics of the MKX.
Aviator: Sources said Lincoln plans to add a large crossover on the same platform as the Explorer to fill a gaping hole in its lineup. It's likely to bring back the Aviator name, which was retired in 2005. Production is expected to begin in late 2018, though the vehicle may not reach dealerships until early 2019.
MKT: The MKT finally could reach the end of the road in late 2018, just before the Aviator arrives.
The MKT is sold primarily to the livery fleets that used to buy black Town Cars, but with the Continental providing a much more appealing option starting next year, it can bow out before causing further embarrassment.
It's been more than two years since U.S. dealerships sold even 600 MKTs in a single month.
Navigator: Along with the Ford Expedition, the Navigator is getting an aluminum-intensive redesign in 2017 as it moves to the F-150's new platform. It was re-engineered for the 2015 model year, gaining a 3.5-liter, EcoBoost V-6.
Coupe or small car: Lincoln has promised two new vehicles by 2020, not counting the Continental. The Aviator will be one, but the second remains unclear. There have been persistent rumors about a Ford Mustang-based coupe, but it's not likely within the next few years.
Lincoln is one of the few luxury brands without a small sedan, but demand has been low on that end of the market.
"We want to cover the core luxury segments" before entering more niche parts of the market, said Matt VanDyke, director of global Lincoln.