Best of NAIAS – 2017 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL – No-Apologies Flagship = Limo Heaven!

2017 lincoln contiLincoln Motor Company is still best known for its long-running Town Car — that darling of the global limo business for decades.

The Town Car on its rear-drive, Falcon-based frame has been out of production since 2012 — with the time since spent working doubly hard to prove that the MKC and MKZ are viable global luxury cars. Sporty, modern and elegant have been the core tenets of the new Lincoln recently, but a moment of genius has now swept through the brand’s strategy.

The insight?  Being modern and stylish is possible … even while embracing the legacy of the brand.

The new Continental is a massive step. It shows Lincoln taking charge of its destiny — celebrating the past and rocketing into the future.

So what is the new Continental?Best of NAIAS - 2017 Lincoln CONTINENTAL Limo 44

Fields-and-Galhotra-with-Continental-at-NAIASNo More Apologies

It is an unapologetic full-size American car — which makes its cabin comfort, serenity and roominess into virtues again.

This new Continental is set to replace the MKS as the largest Lincoln sedan in the lineup when it arrives to showrooms in August as a 2017 model-year.

All-new designs inside and out are formal, classy and fairly timeless in their appeal.  A new rounded-rectangle grille up front exudes global class, especialyl paired with the advanced LED DRLs in three areas, LED low and highbeam headlights, and even a clean lightbar look in back.  This tail is gorgeous– a Bentley-beater that has a very distinct visual signature.  The glasshouse of the Continental is similarly elegant. Smooth form language for the surfaces of the doors blend cleanly with upright windshield and pillars all around.

The huge rear doors are a preview of a giant sofa of a rear seat — but let’s stick to the exterior for another moment. Check out the high-mounted door handles — tucked right below the window glass and not living in no-mans land in the main continental

Warm, Elegant Comfort

It is such a cohesive and effective redesign!  Bravo Lincoln.

Inside, the tech and even glamour of the materials and design are nothing short of amazing.  Yes, the production car wears similar pillow-top seat cushions like the concept and many back-catalog Lincolns.  But finished in perforated Windsor leathers, multi-shade creams and Earth tones, and finished with French-stitched edges.  Perfectly emblematic of this very smart Lincoln strategy.

The Continental has big dreams worldwide, by the way. This flagship and its newly-facelifted MKZ kid brother are part of a full blitz as the brand grows in China.

To this end, the Continental’s infotainment controls are all repeated in the giant center armrest in back, while the premium feel of the rear cabin is much warmer and more approachable than China’s current limo fave: the LWB Audi A6L.

Compare this Continental with the tightly-wrapped grey leathers of the Germans?  Lincoln is really on to something.

The new Continental is a brilliant execution of the new Lincoln ethos.  As such, it might be a limo hero both public and private.  Expect this machine to also make life very hard for the Cadillac CT6, BMW 5 series and even Avalon sellers worldwide.

2017 Lincoln Continental

All-New Lincoln Continental Delivers Quiet Luxury:   Elegant, Effortlessly Powerful, Serene

Effortless power

Continental offers available technologies that help create better and safer drivers.

The all-new Lincoln-exclusive 3.0-liter V6 engine with twin turbochargers that produces a projected 400 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque [1] is designed for smooth, responsive, yet quiet power.

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.

Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection uses radar and camera technology to scan the roadway ahead and, if a collision risk with a vehicle or pedestrian is detected, provides a warning to the driver. If the driver does not respond in time, the system can automatically apply up to full braking force to help reduce the severity of or even eliminate some frontal collisions. Pre-Collision Assist may help drivers avoid rear end collisions with other vehicles at all speeds, while Pedestrian Detection can help the driver avoid pedestrians at lower speeds – both may reduce the severity of forward collisions or even prevent certain forward collisions. [2]

Effortless assistance for the daily commute is available with optional adaptive cruise control, which can automatically slow Continental in stop-and-go traffic – resuming speed when traffic clears.

To take the stress out of parallel and perpendicular parking, the new 360-degree camera system uses views from cameras mounted in the grille, decklid and 180-degree side mirrors, then seamlessly stitches these snapshots together to create an image in the screen so the driver can see around the car – as if a camera is overhead.


Serene interior

The all-new Continental interior is designed to help all occupants rejuvenate.

One highlight is Lincoln’s new Perfect Position Seats – inspired by private jets and high-end office furniture – that can be adjusted up to 30 ways. The patented design allows the seat to adjust to an individual’s body shape and weight for optimal stretch and comfort. Available features of these seats include massage, heat and cooling; and independent thigh extensions to provide support.
Continental occupants also can enjoy an available Revel® audio system developed to work in concert with the interior design and acoustics, transforming the cabin into a personal amphitheater with three distinct listening modes – Stereo, Audience and On Stage. Use of the E-latch release enables optimal speaker positioning in the Continental doors, alongside the conveniently located seat controls.Rear passengers can enjoy first-class travel amenities, too, with such available features as audio and climate controls, sunshades, and reclining, 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.

The all-new Lincoln Continental will be produced at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan. The Lincoln flagship goes on sale this fall.

Lincoln Motor Company heralds the return of its flagship – the all-new Lincoln Continental – an elegant, effortlessly powerful, serene full-size sedan that delivers quiet luxury to the industry’s most discerning customers.

Beginning this fall, Continental offers first-class travel for clients in America and China, bringing warm, human touches and a contemporary design.

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.

“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.”


Elegance through design

All-new Continental design is thoroughly modern, with Lincoln’s new signature grille and an athletic profile that is dynamic and progressive.

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 taillamps 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 door handles are designed to offer elegant and effortless entry with new E-latch door release. The release is discreetly integrated within the beltline, leaving the body side clean. With the gentle touch of a button, the vehicle’s doors pop open, then use available power-cinching technology to automatically close and secure.

An elegant available panoramic sunroof covers nearly the entire roof area; the front half slides up and over the rear – creating a large open-air driving experience and an even greater feeling of spaciousness for up to five Continental occupants.


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