Lincoln is following the Blue Oval’s strategic path with Rivian, which continues to make headway with an array of noteworthy companies.
This week, Lincoln announced that it is working together with Rivian to develop an all-new electric vehicle previously announced as part of Ford’s original investment in Rivian.
Lincoln said in a news release that its first fully electric vehicle will join the Aviator and Corsair Grand Touring plug-in hybrid vehicles, further solidifying Lincoln’s commitment to electrification. The OEM highlighted the zero-emissions vehicle will feature connected and intuitive technologies designed to create an effortless experience for Lincoln clients.
Lincoln president Joy Falotico elaborated about how the connection with Rivian builds on the OEM’s campaign dubbed, “Quiet Flight.”
“Working with Rivian marks a pivotal point for Lincoln as we move toward a future that includes fully electric vehicles,” Falotico said. “This vehicle will take Quiet Flight to a new place — zero emissions, effortless performance and connected and intuitive technology. It’s going to be stunning.”
Lincoln has introduced four new SUVs including Corsair, Aviator and Navigator in the past three years. The all-new lineup has helped Lincoln’s global SUV sales grow 7% year-over-year and enabled the luxury automaker to deliver its best U.S. SUV sales in 16 years.
As Lincoln adds a new luxury electric vehicle to its lineup, the automaker said production of the MKZ sedan will end this year in order for the Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico to prepare for production of new Ford vehicles.
The Lincoln battery electric vehicle will be built off of Rivian’s flexible skateboard platform and is part of Ford’s planned equity investment in Rivian, which began with an equity investment of $500 million announced last April.
Cox Automotive also pushed $350 million into Rivian last September.
Lincoln’s all-new vehicle also is part of Ford’s previously announced investment of more than $11.5 billion into electrification, which includes the Mustang Mach-E and a fully electric version of the F-150 pickup.
“Our vehicle development partnership with Ford is an exciting opportunity to pair our technology with Lincoln’s vision for innovation and refinement. We are proud to collaborate on Lincoln’s first fully electric vehicle,” Rivian chief executive officer RJ Scaringe said.
The burgeoning relationship with Ford and Lincoln comes alongside with what Rivian is cultivating with its own trucks.
Earlier in January, Rivian said it will integrate Amazon Alexa into the connected vehicle systems of the forthcoming R1T pickup truck and R1S SUV, giving drivers the ability to control things like HVAC and windows via Alexa, in addition to standard Alexa capabilities like making calls, playing music and more.