2017 Lincoln Continental Stays True to Concept

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole
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Less than a year ago, Lincoln revealed its Continental concept at the New York Auto Show and here we are in Detroit, where it has just unveiled the production version of this large luxury sedan.

Surprisingly, it has stayed true to the design study that inspired it, for better or worse. Like that signature grille or not, this is the new standard bearer for Lincoln.

Providing flagship-appropriate performance is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that’s projected to deliver 400 units of both horsepower and torque. All-wheel drive is on the menu and it will also come with something called Dynamic Torque Vectoring that shifts twist between the rear tires to help provide more confident handling.

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In addition to this, adaptive steering will also be available as well as Lincoln Drive Control, which provides three different settings – comfort, normal and sport. These adjust the vehicle’s adaptive steering and suspension for a unique feel.

A pre-collision system keeps the Continental’s passengers safe should the unexpected happen while Pedestrian Detection protects others that aren’t as fortunate to be riding in its cabin. Like other Fords and Lincolns, this car can park itself.

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That’s all well and good, but one of the Conti’s signature features are these so-called Perfect Position Seats. They were supposedly inspired by private jets and high-end office furniture and get this, they adjust in 30 different ways.

Another unique feature of this Lincoln are its exterior door handles, which are integrated into the beltline. They’re electronically operated and have a power-cinching feature that ensures they’re closed tightly.

Keeping occupants entertained is an available Revel sound system, built by the experts in top-shelf home audio. Active noise cancellation plus laminated glass keeps things quiet and provide a serene stage for your listening pleasure.

Like other Lincolns, the new Continental will be offered with special Black Label interiors. These themed designs are super premium, seriously elevating the brand.

The 2017 Lincoln Continental will be built in Flat Rock, Michigan alongside the Ford Mustang and Fusion. It’s scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. and China this fall.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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