Lincoln version of an Escape sized Ranger

Lincoln needs a new product. One that will attract the seniors, the middle aged, and the young who value a tight package with all the bells and whistles. Take the out going Mercury Mariner as the foundation or the current Ford Escape. Build in the Luxury that Lincoln is know for, I mean everything, including ac/heated seats. This truck would sport the new Eco Boost 2.3L with about 275HP and 290lbs/ft of torque, the new Terrain Response 4 wheel drive system being debuted in the new explorer, and 18 and 19 inch wheel and tire package, one for the city slicker, and one for the wana-be tough looking market, nothing more than 31inch x 10.5inches. Add in Sync, with the 8in NAV screen, reverse camera, with front parking camera which displays at speeds under 5mph, sun roof,Single cab only, but large enough to really recline the seats back a few inches. I figure a single cab, escape size, luxury version mini truck would get fuel economy near 40mpg on the highway and 30 in the city, built on a truck frame it should pull about 3800lbs, plenty for yard work, atv pulling, and campers. What do you think? I bet it would sell really well across the board, and hold a price tag around $26,500. Its all about the bells and whistles, with a Build Ford Tough Style, somewhere between Range Rover and Super Duty Styling.
Juston P 08/11/2013
Man I agree... Gmc Syclone with New Tech and Lincoln Luxury... My favorite truck was my 1996 Single Cab, 4.0V6, Ranger Splash... I put tokico gas shocks, eibach springs 2" lowering springs, rear flip kit, smaller sylicone bump stops, gibson exhaust, K&N air intake, 17" Cobra R wheels, 255 40 17 Bfg tires all the way around, a black rubber Ford bed mat, removed the splash stickers, added a shorty antenna, and added a 10" subwoofer and amp. The only thing was the cab need a bit more room to recline the seat. If Ford had little 6 Speed Auto, 2.0 EcoBoost Ranger Splash with the F150 8" Nav I would go down to ford tomorrow and order one fully loaded either white, yellow, or black... I've been looking at 91 Gmc Syclones but the interiors are so out dated. the exteriors are just as mean as ever though... A good one goes for about $18,000 if you dont want to put any money into it. Come on Ford build us a small pick up truck!
Joshua J 03/05/2012
I agree with the idea behind this post. Lincoln needs additional vehicles if the brand wants to survive. This type of truck is exactly what would attract my age group. In another idea, i am befuddled by Ford's decision not to bring the new Ranger to the U.S. I will instead buy a fully loaded Tacoma. I believe a vehicle like this will bridge the age gap Lincoln is experiencing and generate some cash flow for the dying brand. Maybe offer a unique Lincoln brand vehicle for once? Why would I buy a "luxury" vehicle with a Lincoln logo on it for a premium when i see the same looking vehicle being driven with a Ford logo, and is probably trashed.