NAIAS 2016: 2017 Lincoln Continental Offers 'Quiet Luxury' in Detroit

Chris Tonn
by Chris Tonn
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A few grainy spy shots wormed their way through the Web over the last week, but Lincoln finally unveiled the new Continental in Detroit and it’ll be hitting showrooms this fall.

The new Continental was designed with a theme — “Quiet Luxury” — and three terms permeate the press materials: Elegance, Effortless Power and Serenity.

(If the Continental were focused toward Millennials, these would be easy hashtags.)

The styling is unquestionably elegant. The character line flowing from the front fender vent, echoed just above the rocker panel, keep the big Lincoln from looking too slab-sided. The rear fender kicks up, adding some “hips” to the rear view. The chrome strip at the beltline hides the integrated door handles nicely.

And as every OEM must have a signature grille, the Continental follows. The split chrome strip below the main opening is a bit odd, but distinctive. At first glance, the mesh in the grille opening looks like a simple eggcrate — but no, the apertures mimic the classic Continental logo.

An available four hundred horsepower turbo V-6 defines effortlessness. As this will likely be a transverse powerplant, powering either the front or (optionally) all four wheels, the overall feel may be less refined than a traditional rear-drive luxury car, but for the intended owner, this will not be an issue.

Lincoln’s press release notes that the seats were inspired by private jets, offering 30-way adjustments, heating, cooling, and massage. Three exclusive interior design packages are available: Chalet, inspired by ski lodges, with two-tone leather and wood; Thoroughbred, with saddle-inspired leather, quilted to evoke a horse blanket; and Rhapsody, featuring blue leather and aluminum accents.

There was word on pricing.

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  • Maxk1947 Maxk1947 on Jan 14, 2016

    The lower edge of the grill looks like somebody has a Kia fetish. It would make more sense if they had kept the chrome "bumperettes" from the concept, which created this shape. I wish they had kept more of the exterior chrome from the concept, which really looked like American Luxury.

  • DrGastro997 DrGastro997 on Jan 20, 2016

    This new Lincoln reminds me of the Homer Simpson lookalike Taurus and 500. There's something about the design that just seems rather weird looking...

  • SilverCoupe I am one of those people whose Venn diagram of interests would include Audis and Formula One.I am not so much into Forums, though. I spend enough time just watching the races.
  • Jeff S Definitely and very soon. Build a hybrid pickup and price it in the Maverick price range. Toyota if they can do this soon could grab the No 1 spot from Maverick.
  • MaintenanceCosts Would be a neat car if restored, and a lot of good parts are there. But also a lot of very challenging obstacles, even just from what we can see from the pictures. It's going to be hard to justify a restoration financially.
  • Jeff S Ford was in a slump during this era and its savior was a few years away from being introduced. The 1986 Taurus and Sable saved Ford from bankruptcy and Ford bet the farm on them. Ford was also helped by the 1985 downsize front wheel drive full sized GM cars. Lincoln even spoofed these new full size GM cars in an ad basically showing it was hard to tell the difference between a Cadillac, Buick, and Oldsmobile. This not only helped Lincoln sales but Mercury Grand Marquis and Ford Crown Victoria sales. For GM full size buyers that liked the downsized GM full size 77 to 84 they had the Panther based Lincoln Town Cars, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Ford Crown Victorias that were an alternative to the new GM front wheel drive full size cars that had many issues when they were introduced in 1985 and many of those issues were not resolved for several years. The Marks were losing popularity after the Mark Vs.
  • SCE to AUX Toyota the follower, as usual. It will be 5 years before such a vehicle is available.I can't think of anything innovative from them since the Gen 1 Prius. Even their mythical solid state battery remains vaporware.They look like pre-2009 General Motors. They could fall hard.