NAIAS 2016: Lincoln debuts new-generation Continental

NAIAS 2016: Lincoln debuts new-generation Continental image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Lincoln | posted January 12, 2016 16:14

Lincoln Continental flagship returns for 2017

There is indeed an all-new Lincoln Continental after the automaker recently revealed it at this year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). First debuting as a concept car during the 2015 New York Auto Show, the 2017 Continental according to Lincoln, will be an 'elegant effortlessly powerful, serene full-size sedan that will deliver quiet luxury'.

“The Continental name has long been associated with the ultimate in Lincoln beauty and luxury. With the all-new model, we are focusing on creating more human, personally tailored experiences for our clients – providing what we call quiet luxury,” said Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln.

The 2017 Lincoln Continental's rear and side

Like the concept car, the 2017 Continental features an athletic profile and a new signature Lincoln grill. This front fascia is further enhanced with a set of elongated headlights and vented front bumper. The side, on the other hand features large alloy wheels, distinct 'E-Latch' door handles that are hidden underneath the belt-line and chrome trim that can be seen on the lower and upper section of the doors.

It has a wide rear glass area along with LED combination taillights, dual exhausts and a diffuser-integrate rear bumper. Completing the exterior décor is a panoramic sunroof that covers nearly the entire roof area.

Aboard the 2017 Lincoln Continental

Inside, it has an interior inspired by private jets and high-end office furniture according to Lincoln. Making its way from the original concept are the 30-way power leather seats that can conform to an occupant's shape and weight. It also features heated and cooling functions and leg rests for added comfort.

Providing audio entertainment comes courtesy of Revel. Lincoln added that the audio system was developed alongside the interior's design and acoustics for better sound quality. It also has three audio settings; Stereo, Audience and On Stage. Keeping outside noise at bay is provided by the onboard Active Onboard Noise Control and acoustic laminated glass.

Entertainment features present on the rear compartment

There are also three Black Label interior design themes to choose from: Chalet, Throughbred and Rhapsody, a Continental-exclusive.

Under the hood is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that cranks out 400 PS and 542 Nm of torque. Power is then transferred to all four wheels via an AWD system that comes with Dynamic Torque Vectoring. The exact transmission however was not specified.

Other features that provide personalized driving include: Lincoln Drive Control (Comfort, Normal and Sport), adaptive steering and adjustable suspension settings.

In terms of safety and driver assists, the 2017 Continental gets Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, 360-degree camera system that enables easier parallel / perpendicular parking and adaptive cruise control.

The all-new Lincoln Continental will be produced at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan and will go on sale this Autumn.