The name Lincoln holds a lot of meaning to those who value magnificence and grandeur in a car. Lincoln sedans are easily some of the most sought after sedans anywhere. And perhaps no other model by this extravagant brand is as iconic as the Continental. 2017 Lincoln Continental was unveiled at 2015 New York Auto Show as Lincoln Continental Concept, and instantly became the talk of that show, grabbing headlines of every press release from New York Auto Show. More recently, 2017 Lincoln Continental was spotted on its company test drive in Dearborn, Michigan, near Ford’s global headquarters. This, and the fact that its imminent launch of commercial production was declared in an official statement at the auto show, is enough to get competitors sit up and take notice as the tenth generation Continental gears up to contest for the top sedan spot for 2016-17.
2017 Lincoln Continental – Exterior and Interior Design
Lincoln has already publicly stated at New York Auto Show that 2017 Lincoln Continental will be built around the design study exhibited with Continental Concept at the show, and its commercial production edition will feature most aspects of its chassis. Whatever the case maybe, the chassis of 2017 Continental looks stunningly impressive.
A new designed grill with a stunning polished stain free aluminium mesh and a raised Lincoln logo badge at the centre give it an aristocratic demeanour, which is completed by a pair of extravagant angular headlights with 5-bulb bi-Xenon’s and thin strip LEDs running around its crease.
A polished chrome gloss over the aluminium has been applied on the front and rear bumpers, side rails, and 18 inch alloys which give the Continental a truly up market feel. The rear tail lights are a thin band trapezoid LED-rich strip and dual split ends are found on either exhaust. A special feature of 2017 Lincoln Continental is its electronic powered pop up door handles.
As stunning as the exteriors are, the interiors of 2017 Lincoln Continental are quite far out even by the standards of a premium class sedan. Everything from ergonomic comfort that spoils the pickiest of snobs, to safety and utility features for every occasion; whether for work or for a party inside the cabin has been balanced with sublime precision. Premium grade leather upholstery covers the 30-way adjustable front and rear seats.
Chrome gloss finish is found smartly on the dashboard, console, steering rims and door panels, and adds great depth of detail to the interiors. The dashboard console comes equipped with an 8 inch touchscreen infotainment display to control active cruise control driving assist settings, engine transmission configurations, advanced navigation, rear view monitors, parking assistance, Wi-Fi LTE and Bluetooth connectivity, an HTML5 web browser, social networking apps and much more.
Below the display is an entertainment system with satellite and internet radio, HDMI, AUX and USB ports. The centre console extends from front to back of the car and includes a pop-down tablet and notebook support tray and a champagne compartment for the top model. A smart glass tinted sunroof is also optional; safety features include a collision warning system, approaching vehicle monitor, lane correction assistance all integrated into the infotainment console and front dual and single side curtain airbags for front seats and single front and dual side curtain airbags for rear seats.
2017 Lincoln Continental – Powertrain
The previous edition of Continental’s powertrain setup of an eight-cylinder V8 has been done away with, since the launch of 2015 Lincoln Navigator, as officially confirmed by Lincoln. Instead, the possibility of 2017 Lincoln Continental being fit with a 3.0 litre 4 cylinder EcoBoost V6 engine that could put forth around 350 HP. Fuel efficiency standards could get a major uplift, with options for a 9 speed dual or a 10 speed automatic dual clutch transmission gearbox available.
2017 Lincoln Continental – Release Date, Price and Competitors
The 2017 Lincoln Continental is expected to make its official launch at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show and should hit commercial sale soon after, with a starting MSRP of $60,000. Competition should be quite stiffly margarine, in shape of the likes of Audi A8, BMW 7-Series and Cadillac CT6. Also declared in their official statement, was that their launched prototype at New York Auto Show, the Continental Concept was only a preview into its final production model which will be launched officially at 2016 Detroit Auto Show.