The New Look Of Lincoln Won't Be Chasing Waterfalls

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Now that Lincoln’s got a new chief designer and a standalone design studio, what can we expect from the new look of Lincoln? Automotive News [sub] reports

Love it or hate it, Lincoln’s waterfall grille is on the way out, according to sources familiar with plans for the updated MKS sedan and MKT crossover coming next spring.

One source said the MKS and MKT grille will be “completely different” from the current grille, which has been controversial. He said the new grille is “not as pronounced” as the waterfall and “more elegant.”

So, other than the death of the “waterfall” (aka “baleen,” aka “the Hannibal Lecter”) grille, what can we expect from the updated MKT and MKS? Not much in terms of interior or exterior design, it seems. Instead, Lincoln will focus on steering, braking and suspension systems to differentiate its products from Fords. I know, maybe they can use the tagline “Drive One”…

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  • Ez3276 Ez3276 on Sep 27, 2011

    Why is everyone so married to grills these days? Just because MB & BMW do it doesn't mean that everyone has to. I think Pontiac destroyed itself with their grill and Dodge may be doing the same. Lincoln needs better CARS, not grills, and some real names would help too, MKX, MKT, WTF???????

  • SexCpotatoes SexCpotatoes on Sep 27, 2011

    I, for one, welcome our new egg-crate grilled overlords!

  • MrWhopee MrWhopee on Sep 27, 2011

    Before we all say "hooray, the baleen grille is dead!" I think we have to see what they came up to replace it instead. WHo knows, they could be bringing back the lemon-sucking Edsel grille, which would be worse. Or the classic parthenon grille as in the 1970s Lincolns. Or yet another Audi-like grille. At least the baleen grille is distinctive.

  • Keith Tomas Keith Tomas on Sep 27, 2011

    I can't believe that they are not going to focus on interior quality, seeing as though it is a Lincoln weak spot. The MKS' interior has too much hard plastic in it to be a true luxury car.