2017 Lincoln Continental will be the flagship of Ford's luxury arm when it goes on sale in autumn 2016
Jimi Beckwith
12 January 2016

The production-ready 2017 Lincoln Continental has been revealed at the Detroit motor show. It is hoped that the new flagship of Ford's premium arm will help to relaunch the brand. 

A broad new signature grille at the front of the car is flanked by distinctive intricate headlights, while three air intakes are incorporated into the front bumper and house LED accent lighting. A panoramic sunroof stretches across most of the roof area. 

In profile, the Continental maintains Lincoln's signature three-box shape, with modern flourishes such as the high-mounted, button-operated door handles sitting on the window line.

The simple back-end design features a light bar spanning the width of the rear of the car, sited below a small ducktail spoiler and above two trapezoidal exhaust outlets.

Particular attention has been paid to the interior of the Continental, with the front seats inspired by those in private jets and offering an electric 30-way adjustment range at the front, while massage, heating and cooling functions feature on both the front and rear seats. Rear passengers have controls for audio and climate control settings, as well as the ability to recline their seats, along with, according to Lincoln's claims, generous rear leg room.

The console and instrument panel are leather-wrapped, while a choice of wood or aluminium interior panels is available.  

Under the bonnet, a Lincoln-specific 3.0-litre petrol V6 is expected to provide both 400bhp and 400lb ft, and according to Lincoln, is designed with smoothness in mind. Adaptive steering and suspension will feature on the Continental, with drivers able to choose between Comfort, Normal and Sport settings. 

Autonomy is a huge talking point at this year's Detroit motor show, and the Continental follows suit, featuring several driver assistance technologies, including the option of automatic braking and acceleration in heavy traffic, as well as pre-collision technology with pedstrian avoidance and autonomous emergency braking. Parking aids, such as a 360deg camera system, are also available.

No word has been released on pricing, but the Continental will go on sale in the autumn of this year in the US and China only. The model will be built at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan.

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12 January 2016

A Continental should have suicide rear doors

 

 

12 January 2016

This has a kind of restrained quiet elegance that the 7 series or the S class nolonger offers. Curiously the front end resembles the XJ (Ford's tribute to a brand it nolonger owns?) It's the bland and sub-premium looking interior that lets it down (again a Jaguar shortcoming)

12 January 2016

This is nice enough but it's just an amalgam of cues from Jaguar, Volvo and Audi and not really original anywhere.

12 January 2016

Totally agree. Can you get anything more derivative....??!!

BertoniBertone

12 January 2016

Volvo S80 front

12 January 2016
Sam_notts wrote:

Volvo S80 front

Absolutely concur. Thought I would be one of few who would notice, but the headlights and nose are 2007 Volvo S80.

12 January 2016

Ha ha, familiar for me as I own one :)

13 January 2016

I think this has a quiet, understated style that is missing from a lot of cars in this class. I like it, like the door handles as well. It is better than Cadillac's offerings the last few years.

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