Ford’s strategic partnership with Rivian, first announced in April, will spawn a battery-electric Lincoln SUV that will hit the market in mid-2022.
The new electric Lincoln will be based on Rivian’s skateboard platform, which underpins both its R1T electric pickup and R1S electric SUV, the latter of which is pictured below.
It’s not clear how big the Lincoln EV will be, though Rivian’s skateboard chassis is modular and could serve as the basis for a variety of vehicle types and sizes.
The Rivian-developed electric Lincoln will be well positioned to take on the future electric Cadillac Escalade, which is expected to ride on General Motors‘ new BT1 electric vehicle platform. The Escalade EV should feature all-wheel drive and have a maximum driving range of around 400 miles.
The Lincoln may also take the right to the rumored electric Hummer SUV, which is expected to share the BT1 electric platform with the Escalade. GM’s forthcoming electric pickup truck will tap the BT1 platform as well.
Meanwhile, the Rivian R1S will be available with 105-, 135- and 180-kWh battery packs, with the largest of those expected to deliver a driving range of around 410 miles. The most powerful version will have up to 754 horsepower on tap and will be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds, Rivian claims. All versions of the R1S feature four electric motors – one mounted at each wheel – though it’s not clear if the Lincoln SUV will also feature the quad-motor setup. Rivian also says the R1S will be able to tow up to 7,716 pounds even in base form. These stats may be indicative of what Lincoln has planned for its own electric SUV.
Ford invested $500 million in Rivian earlier this year and announced a strategic partnership with the Michigan-based electric vehicle start-up that would help it expedite the development of numerous battery electric Ford and Lincoln products. Lincoln is expected to launch a smaller electric crossover in late 2021 in addition to the larger Rivian-developed product that will arrive in 2022. The smaller crossover may also serve as a rival to the electric Cadillac crossover, which Cadillac showed a concept design for at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show in January.