Ford Explorer, Lincoln Aviator being rebuilt in tents before delivery - report
Both the new Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator are reportedly undergoing extensive repairs before being sent to dealers across North America.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Ford is shipping the Explorer and its twin-under-the-skin Lincoln Aviator from their production facility in Chicago, Illinois to another plant in Flat Rock, just outside of Detroit, Michigan, around 440 kilometres away.
Lincoln has taken the wraps off its all-new Corsair SUV at the New York motor show, with its sights set on the Mercedes-Benz GLC and BMW X3.
The MKC replacement will also go head-to-head with the Cadillac XT4 in its home market.
Visually, the Corsair looks like a miniature version of the Aviator, Nautilus and Navigator. Up front there’s a smaller interpretation of Lincoln’s corporate grille, separating thin LED headlights and horizontal daytime-running lights.
The Lincoln Aviator has been unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles motor show.
Although the new three-row crossover is unlikely to ever show up on Australian shores, it rides on the same rear- and all-wheel drive platform as the next-generation Ford Explorer.
The top-spec Aviator Grand Touring model will be fitted with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain with a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 at its core. Lincoln says this powertrain will have around 335kW of power and 815Nm of torque.
“Don’t call it a comeback,” Ford might say of its new 2017 Lincoln Continental, but there can be little doubt the carmaker’s luxury arm needs to make one.
Although one of the oldest and most well recognised names in motoring, Lincoln has struggled for decades now to compete with its rivals in the American luxury market.
The original 1966 Batmobile from the live action Batman television series, starring Adam West as the caped crusader, has been sold for the first time, going under the hammer at a US auction for $4.4 million (US$4.62 million).
Put up for sale by the car’s creator, George Barris, the Hollywood icon is based on a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car originally created by Ford Motor Company and unveiled in a pearlescent Frost-Blue white paint finish at the 1955 Chicago auto show.