Thanks to a partnership with electric-vehicle upstart Rivian, Lincoln’s first all-electric offering will debut in 2022 in the form of the Mark E SUV. The Mark E is expected to share its chassis and powertrain with Rivian’s upcoming R1S SUV, which promises class-leading driving range and impressive acceleration. Lincoln’s best luxury and tech features will be on offer here. We also predict that Ford’s luxury brand has a few new tricks up its sleeve that will find their way into the mix. By the time the Mark E launches it won’t be the only player on the field; it will square off with the upcoming Cadillac Lyriq as well as established luxury EV SUVs such as the Audi e-tron and Tesla Model X.
What’s New for 2022?
Although its name harkens back to the glory days of personal luxury coupes and sedans from the 1960s through the 1990s—that’s the “Mark” portion of the name—the E will be a new and altogether different model for the Lincoln lineup when it goes on sale sometime in 2022.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- Standard: $70,000 (est.)
- Reserve: $75,000 (est.)
- Black Label: $85,000 (est.)
While we’re reasonably sure we can anticipate a starting price of around $70,000, we aren’t sure if the Mark E will follow Lincoln’s current trim structure or if it will go its own way. If it continues on with base Standard, a mid-range Reserve, and a top-dog Black Label models, the mid-range Reserve is likely to offer the best mix of features for the price.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Rivian’s “skateboard” EV platform, which will underpin the Mark E, uses a pancake-flat battery pack under the passenger compartment and a quad-motor all-wheel drive powertrain capable of up to 754-hp; we expect a dual-motor rear-wheel drive version with less horsepower to be offered as well. Either way, the Mark E is shaping up to be a powerful and quick electric crossover. An adaptive air suspension is likely to be standard and should provide a plush, Lincoln-appropriate ride.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
Battery packs ranging in size from 105-kWh to 180-kWh are on the table, which means driving range could be as long as 400 miles. In-home charging devices are likely to be offered as an optional add-on, and we expect the Mark E to be capable of DC fast charging at public stations as well.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA hasn’t weighed in on fuel economy estimates for the Mark E but in order to compete with the Model X, the e-tron, and the Jaguar I-Pace, it will need to bring its A-game. The Tesla, for example, is rated up to 101 MPGe for its city/highway combined rating; the Audi and Jag earned less efficient ratings of 74 MPGe and 76 MPGe combined. Going toe-to-toe with Tesla would give the Mark E extra street cred among EV enthusiasts.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Lincoln’s current interior design has represented a big leap forward for the revitalized luxury brand. We expect Lincoln’s 30-way adjustable Perfect Position seats to make an appearance here as well as massage functions for the driver and front-seat passenger, Bridge of Weir leather upholstery, and Lincoln’s piano-key push-button shifter. The Mark E could be offered as either a two- or three-row SUV, but we won’t know that for sure until closer to its on-sale date.
Infotainment and Connectivity
A large touchscreen infotainment system is expected to come standard on the Mark E. Recent additions to the Lincoln lineup, such as the Aviator and Corsair SUVs offer screens as large as 10.1- and 8.0-inches respectively, both running Lincoln’s latest version of the Sync 3 software interface. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will both be standard and in-dash navigation and on-board Wi-Fi are also sure to be offered. A premium stereo system—possibly one tuned by audio-experts Revel—will be an optional.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have had the chance to test the Mark E. We anticipate a host of standard and optional driver-assistance features, ranging from the usual suspects to more advanced tech such as a semi-autonomous driving mode. Key safety features are likely to include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Lincoln’s standard warranty is more generous than some of its rivals, particularly powertrain coverage, but the company has been mum on details about any sort of battery component warranty. Like other Lincolns, we expect only Black Label models will come with the added benefit of a complimentary scheduled maintenance plan.
- Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 6 years or 70,000 miles
- Battery component warranty has yet to be determined
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for 4 years or 50,000 miles on Black Label models