Back in July 2021, Ford Authority spotted an unusual Ford Mustang Mach-E prototype wearing heavy camo, which was actually a cleverly disguised early Lincoln electric vehicle mule. That model preceded the Lincoln Star concept, which was revealed this past April, previewing the future styling direction of FoMoCo’s luxury arm, as well as the brand’s forthcoming all-electric makeover. Now, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that the Lincoln Star prototype has entered the testing phase.
The Star has moved past the mule phase and is currently being tested as an integrated prototype – the first of its kind. The Lincoln Star prototype is riding on FoMoCo’s GE2 platform, which will underpin the second-generation Ford Mustang Mach-E, as well as other future all-electric models.
While concepts don’t always come to fruition, Ford did file trademarks for “Lincoln Star” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as well as in Mexico and Canada, further implying that this name will be worn by a future production EV model. As Ford Authority reported in February, Lincoln is expected to launch a full lineup of at least five all-electric vehicles by 2027, though it’s not entirely clear what that lineup will look like by then.
What we do know is that all future Lincoln EVs will be second-generation models riding on dedicated platforms, as FoMoCo CEO Jim Farley recently revealed. An all-electric version of the Lincoln Aviator is expected to launch in 2025, and both it and its platform mate – the Ford Explorer EV – will be built at the Oakville Assembly plant in Canada following its forthcoming retooling. Additionally, the next-gen Lincoln Nautilus is expected to debut with styling cues taken from the Star concept.