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Technology Lincoln is reportedly building an electric SUV on Rivian's platform

06:35  27 november  2019
06:35  27 november  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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Rivian would help Lincoln quickly build an electric SUV without investing the time and resources needed to build it from scratch. This could also help Lincoln ' s offering stand out from other Ford EVs with less work. It might just be a question of what happens next.

Ford will leverage their investment in automotive startup Rivian to build an electric SUV for their Lincoln brand, Reuters reports. The Lincoln will use Rivian ’ s “skateboard” chassis, which Rivian also plans to use in their R1S SUV .

Ford didn't say what kind of car it would make with Rivian's EV platform, but you might not have to wait for official news to find out. Reuterssources claim that Ford's Lincoln badge is developing an all-wheel drive SUV on the platform with plans to release it in mid-2022. Most other details weren't available, but this would likely be a "premium" model that would compete with offerings from GM rumored to surface by 2023.

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Ford and Rivian haven't commented on the apparent leak.

The move would make sense. Ford hasn't been shy about relying on others to fast-track its EV strategy, including plans to build a car on VW's electric platform. Rivian would help Lincoln quickly build an electric SUV without investing the time and resources needed to build it from scratch. This could also help Lincoln's offering stand out from other Ford EVs with less work. It might just be a question of what happens next. The SUV could be a one-off, but it could also be the start of a long-term relationship with Rivian if the machine proves successful.

Reuters

Lincoln electric SUV to use Ford-backed startup's 'skateboard' chassis: sources .
A battery-powered Lincoln SUV, due in mid-2022, will be the first Ford Motor Co vehicle built on a custom electrified chassis that resembles a skateboard , which was developed by Ford-backed startup Rivian, according to several people familiar with the program.© Reuters/Mike Blake FILE PHOTO: Rivian introduces all-electric R1S SUV at LA Auto Show in Los Angeles, California The all-wheel-drive Lincoln SUV could compete against Rivian's R1S, an electric sport utility vehicle slated to go into production in early 2021 that will be priced from $72,500.

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