Because that is an overcrowded field already. What the 1982 Lincoln Continental has going for it is that it is not instantly recognizable as a Fairmont derivative.
Yes, it does sort of have Cougar face, but not in the "slap a new front cap on an LTD II and call it a Cougar" badge engineering we saw earlier. Or on the predecessor Versailles.
- a much better take on the Daimler/Jag bustleback than the Seville.
- At no time could you get one with that 2.3 OHC four cylinder that found its way into nearly every other Fox variant.
- It went it's own way, instead of "Versailles II." It's like the difference between the box birds of 80-82 and the 83-86 "aero" birds.