As Ford Authority reported earlier this week, one component of Ford’s new tentative contract agreement with the United Auto Workers (UAW) – which ended the union’s six-week-long strike against the automaker – is a major, $8 billion dollar investment in current and future products. However, this roadmap is far more interesting that that, providing us with some clues as to what the future holds for certain Blue Oval models – including the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair, which could be replaced by an EV in the near future. Additionally, this road map states that Lincoln Aviator production is slated to end at the Chicago Assembly plant by 2028, too.
According to the document, production of the Ford Explorer and Police Interceptor Utility will continue at the Chicago plant following a planned $400 million dollar investment in that facility, but it also states that Lincoln Aviator production will continue “through its product lifecycle,” which raises a number of questions and possibilities.
A report that surfaced back in January suggested that the next-generation Lincoln Aviator may be sold exclusively as an EV, so it’s possible that the crossover won’t be built at the Chicago plant at all once the ICE model has run its course. This is because the all-electric versions of the Aviator and Explorer are set to be built at the Oakville Assembly plant in Canada starting in 2025. It’s also possible that Ford may decide to move production of the ICE Aviator somewhere else, as is the case with the redesigned 2024 Lincoln Nautilus – a model that used to be produced at Oakville, but will now be built at the Changan Ford Hangzhou Assembly plant in China.
In the meantime, the Lincoln Aviator is set to receive a mid-cycle refresh for the 2025 model year, one that will usher in exterior styling updates similar to the new Nautilus, along with a revamped interior and new tech. As for the future of the plug-in hybrid Aviator Grand Touring, that remains unclear, as the electrified crossover was discontinued for the 2024 model year.