The Lincoln Continental concept surprised and wowed quite a few people at the New York Auto Show last year, and Ford wasted no time in giving the go ahead for its production. So now, feast your eyes at the Lincoln Continental production car that made its world debut at the Detroit Auto sSow and will go on sale this fall. Gorgeous, wouldn’t you agree?
The 2017 Lincoln Continental is the first Continental in 15 years and replaces the Lincoln MKS. It is all about luxury – Emphasis is on design, elegance and the comfort of its occupants; not on how quickly it can go from 0 to 100 kmph. It is longer and roomier on the inside than its predecessor and features a panoramic sunroof and seats that can be adjusted in 30 (Yes, THIRTY) different ways. Comfort redefined!
Make no mistake though, the Continental is not shy under the hood. It can hold its own when it comes to the engine as well, boasting a Lincoln-exclusive 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 making a robust 400 HP and 532 Nm of torque. Other variants include “Ecoboost” – a 2.7-litre turbo V6 engine, and a naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V6 engine. No hybrids or plug-ins have been announced, for now. Various drive modes include Normal, Sport and Comfort; and adjust damper firmness, shift mapping, and steering effort.
Various driver aids on offer include forward-collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with a traffic jam assistant and 360-degree camera monitoring, a 360-degree-view camera, lane-keep assist and automated parking (parallel and perpendicular, both in and out). Ford’s latest Sync 3 system will be standard, as will Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.
The production car keeps the new grille comprised of Lincoln logos, which is the new official face of Lincoln, said design chief David Woodhouse. There are no footrests, but there is luxury seating front and back. Mark Reuss, head of global product development at General Motors, said the new face of Lincoln is a good change for the domestic rival to GM’s Cadillac. “I’d like to see them find their way and I think they are,” Reuss said.
The Continental will compete with the likes of Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class and of course, the Cadillac CT6 for its piece of the market pie. More details including pricing should be revealed close to its market launch. Till then, drool at its photos, like us!
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