DETROIT — Lincoln Motor Company
heralds the return of its flagship — the all-new Lincoln Continental — an “elegant, powerful, serene full-size sedan that delivers quiet luxury,” the company said in a press release announcing the vehicle Jan. 12 at the Detroit Auto Show.
The 2017 Lincoln Continental, which goes on sale at dealerships this fall, will be produced at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan.
The new luxury model, longer and more advanced than the Lincoln MKS sedan, will formally debut to the global chauffeured transportation industry Feb. 29-March 2 at the International LCT Show in Las Vegas, Nev., and in the February issue of LCT Magazine.
The full-size sedan is designed to appeal to culturally progressive clients who define luxury on their own terms — craving superior quality, craftsmanship and safety, Lincoln said in its release.
“The Continental name has long been associated with the ultimate in Lincoln beauty and luxury,” said Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln. “With the all-new model, we are focusing on creating more human, personally tailored experiences for our clients — providing what we call quiet luxury.”
The all-new Continental design is thoroughly modern, with Lincoln’s new signature grille and an athletic profile that is dynamic and progressive.
Among general highlights and amenities:
- The all-new Lincoln-exclusive 3.0-liter V6 engine with twin turbochargers that produces a projected 400 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque1 is designed for smooth, responsive, yet quiet power. The livery edition will be a 3.7-liter with 305 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. torque.
- Lincoln’s new flagship welcomes drivers with a brand-exclusive lighting sequence. As the driver approaches the car with the key, LED signature lighting in the lower front fascia and tail lamps subtly engages, while signature lighting in the headlamps awakens in a fluid motion. Lincoln mat lights then brighten the pavement around the front doors, helping show any hazards, while select interior lights warmly illuminate the cabin.
- Continental’s available all-wheel-drive system is paired with Dynamic Torque Vectoring that transfers torque on demand to the appropriate rear wheel when driving through corners, providing confident handling and stability.
- Lincoln Drive Control provides the driver a choice of three settings — comfort, normal and sport — adapting steering and suspension settings to tailor ride and handling. Available adaptive steering helps optimize steering response, enabling the vehicle to react more smoothly and precisely to driver input.
- Rear passengers can enjoy first-class travel amenities, too, with such available features as audio and climate controls, sunshades, reclining, and heated, cooled, and massaging seats. The streamlined interior provides generous rear legroom.
- Innovations in managing vehicle noise and vibration, including Active Noise Control and acoustic laminated glass, create a quiet, comfortable environment conducive to conversation or contemplation.
- For those seeking the highest expression of Lincoln luxury, three Lincoln Black Label designer themes are available — Chalet, Thoroughbred and Continental-exclusive Rhapsody.
- Inside, opulent materials include leather seating, leather-wrapped console and instrument panel, unique stitching, genuine wood or aluminum appliqués.
- All models feature new design details. Stitching on the seats is specified at six to seven stitches per inch for a couture-like appearance, and the slats of the center console door are laser-cut to maximize consistency of the grain pattern.
LCT Magazine will have more details on the Lincoln-Continental in the February issue.