By on January 12, 2016

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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There was word on pricing.

 

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163 Comments on “NAIAS 2016: 2017 Lincoln Continental Offers ‘Quiet Luxury’ in Detroit...”


  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    “Quiet Luxury”

    Sorry, quiet luxury does not include vulgar and giant wheels which diminish dignity, taste, serenity, elegance, and ride quality. Fix it.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      In my best late night adult contemporary DJ voice:

      “You’re listening to the Quiet Storm.”

    • 0 avatar
      benders

      It would seem that the actual buyers of big luxury cars would disagree with you seeing as the S-Class has similar size wheels.

      I’m not a fan of big wheels either but most of the population associates big wheels with big money. So if you want to sell an expensive-looking car, it needs to have expensive-looking wheels.

      • 0 avatar
        stuki

        The S, in it’s home market, can benefit from the lower, stiffer sidewalls at the speeds they are commonly driven. An almost stupid amount of over engineering is applied to the thing to ensure it handles higher speeds and dynamic loads without unduly compromising ride. For a car marketed as “quiet luxury”, none of that is relevant. Besides, tall whitewalls would look much more in character anyway…….

    • 0 avatar
      Higheriq

      “Vulgar” wheels can easily be changed out for dubs from the nearest Pep Boys – your choice.

  • avatar
    xtoyota

    Sorry…… not impressed

    • 0 avatar
      JMII

      Tough crowd. Looks really good to me, inside and out. The door handle position is very unique. Only fault seems to be there is a button for everything and they are all over the place: steering wheel, dash, console, doors. And this should be AWD only, FWD would be a joke. Also a V8 should be a option and a supercharged V6 makes more sense then a turbo but I understand they need to use Ford’s bin to grab parts from.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Should be RWD but we know what happened, however not all of us think AWD is desirable or luxurious and will take an option which turns two wheels (so will fleet I imagine).

      • 0 avatar
        MBella

        I too like it. I’m withholding final judgment until I get to touch everything and actually drive one, but the interior looks like they took it out of a new Mercedes. Not exactly a bad thing these days.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          The only other thing I will add is from Wikipedia:

          “Lincoln has indicated that the vehicle will have a unique 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 and new grill. It was developed under design chief David Woodhouse.[73] Other details remain unannounced but the production model, due to be unveiled in early 2016, is expected to be similar to the concept car.”

          Forget the sadz of turbo for a moment, and read : unique 3.0L. Unique motors are seldom a good thing in any application. The smart thing to do is use a tried and true motor for both cost and end support reasons, not to “Phaeton” the model as it appears they have. I hope Dearborn is reading this, I truly do. The last thing you want is a blow up motor and word getting out all over the interwebz quickly. Use the 3.5 Ecoboost you people are pushing in everything from the MKS to the F150. Evidently it works, techs know it, and people trust it.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            There is simply no point in going unique engine route for this. As you say it’s bound to be less reliable. Customers don’t care that it’s a unique engine, because these luxury customers will rarely look under the hood.

            Lincoln, don’t make your premier customers buying your new flagship your test pilots for a new engine. Learn from what Cadillac did in 1993. Learn from what they did with the 4.1 8-6-4. Learn from what you did with the LS, or BMW with the 02 7-Series.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Don’t look at it as bespoke. It’s very similar to the 2.7TT and future 3.5TT. Look at it like Ford getting the 3.5L V6 and Lincoln getting the 3.7L V6. Don’t get too scared. For all intents and purposes, it’s a 2.7TT with a displacement bump and some better components.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            28 wants the 3.5 (or whatever) that works today, not future stuff which may or may not work. Otherwise, smart buyers will skip the launch to wait for things to be ironed out. When the V8 D186 has launched, the mod motor had been out for four years and the DOHC variant for two. In theory you could buy your D186 V8 Conti and it would run, just be wary of its weak points.

            There are only so many corporate lease and Red Carpet buyers and being CD4 the cost of this is lower and the room for margin sizable, you want traditional buyers too. Hear me now Dearborn or be sorry later. Bespoke is the rich man’s way of saying garbage we didn’t test which will be forgotten. Ask Johan how his “bespoke” sales are going. You are not Aston Martin or Rolls Royce, your mistakes will be remembered by a wide audience. Don’t half ass what is otherwise a valiant effort.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            This isn’t Johan wanting a bespoke DOHC V8 for Cadillac. This is existing architecture with 0.3L of extra displacement. It’s about as bespoke as the CD3 MKZ.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            There will also be a NA V6 option.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            The 2.7 variant just came out in 2015. Seems to be the same block and all, I’d feel much better if they just standardized on the 3.5 Navigator carries for all Lincoln V6 products. This mix and match is stupid and more expensive even in scale than just picking one motor and rolling with it.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_EcoBoost_engine

            Edit: An NA V6 option? Thank you Dearbord!

          • 0 avatar
            Loki

            And if they did that, guess what? Everyone would be whining that the car is a tarted up Ford, that the powertrain is just plucked from the parts bin, nothing is unique wha wha wha. The 3.0L V6 here is unique to Lincoln, but shares most of its DNA with the 2.7L turbo V6 found in a lot of the Ford lineup.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            For the most part lux models are tarted up somethings. Picking one good motor not available in the plebeian lineup and making it available in the lux one is a safe and cheap way to differentiate it.

            A good way to screw your customers is when you take a Jaguar motor and adapt it for use in one Lincoln (LS) and one Ford (Thunderbird) product before dropping it altogether and calling it a day. I’m sorry sir this X is LS specific, this Y is Thunderbird specific. Try this Chance card: Go directly TO JUNKYARD. Do not pass go, do not collect $200.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            But this isn’t Ford making a slightly different AJ V8 on the other side of the world. It hasn’t been an issue with the 3.7L V6. This engine will be made in Lima, with the 2.7TT. It’s similar enough that I wouldn’t worry too much.

            I agree that they should just 3.5TT everything. I really like that engine.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            You convinced me the 3.5TT was good, now I demand it to be standardized for turbo applications and the 3.7 for standard applications.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            I 100% agree with you.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            “unique 3.0L” ???
            Could be a bored version of the 2.7 EB in the F150.

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            It’d be 200% better with a naturally aspirated V8.

            And that’s another reason it should’ve been rwd/awd with a 6.0 Coyote under the hood.

            Don’t skimp on dealership upgrades AND platform upgrades/unique platforms, call this the storied Continental, and then pass it off as anything other than a Ford platform twin the exact same way a Cadillac XTS is, while charging a huge premium for this, Fields (you’re losing face, Fields…Alan wouldn’t’ have & didn’t do this in this way as a Continental for a reason).

            This is the “Lincoln Continental” that is a redundant Ford that no one really wanted or asked for (they specifically asked for a real revival for a loooong time).

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            DeadWeight-

            While I agree that RWD/AWD would be preferable, you know that they don’t have a platform ready and Lincoln needs something in this space now. Also, this isn’t a Fields project. This was greenlighted way before Mulally left. It is exactly something Mulally would do. Go look through Lincoln products during his tenure and tell me if this is better or worse. I’ll wait…

            Also, go look at Lincoln concepts when Fields was at PAG and head of Ford US.

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            Simply put, they shouldn’t have called this a Continental, then.

            The vehicle looks decent, isn’t copying the fool’s errand of trying to chase BMW, ala Cadillac, but Alan wouldn’t have ever had this fwd CD4 platform mate introduced as a Continental on his watch.

            I have far less a problem with the vehicle as anything labeled other than “Continental.”

            And please, Lincoln and all other automakers – less touch inputs, and bring back more knobs, levers and dials, and tactile, real controls. It’s getting out of control and touch screen controls suck in automotive applications – don’t “fix” that which works great for the sake of change or just because everyone seemingly wants to tablet/phablet everything.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            This being called “Continental” is better than it being “MKS”. Also, Derek reported that this was going to be called Continental when Alan was still around (2013).

            This car is also full of physical buttons that duplicate the touch screen, so I don’t know what your issue is with that.

            http://www.lincoln.com/2017-continental/#gallery-18

          • 0 avatar
            JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

            Oh good, you guys have the car wrapped.

            Writers on TTAC: When Lincoln invites you to drive the car in a few months, you can respectfuly decline. Corey and 28 already know it will ride like a buldozer driving over a mountain of broken glass, it will get a flat and bust a rim every 6 miles, the interior is made from 1970s lawn chairs, and it will be horribly unreliable, because Ford has never built a forced induction V-6 before. You guys can call Autoblog, all the magazines and other websites you can think of and tell them they neednt bother driving the Continental.

            When the EcoBoost F-150 came out: “WHY, GOD, WHY?!?! The 5.4 is perfect, nobody needs anything else! This wont last, it wont tow, it wont sell. BIG MISTAKE FORD!! I give it 6 months before they dump it!”

            MKS EcoBoost review: “Its just an expensive Taurus SHO! Cmon Ford! Lincoln is supposed to be higher up the food chain! Lexus, Audi, Infiniti all have unique-to-them powertrains in some models. If Ford really wanted Lincoln to stand on its own, it shouldnt be powered by the exact same engine you can get in a Ford for 3/4 the price!!”

            It wouldnt matter what they do, it will still be ALL WRONG until it wears a badge from Lexus, Audi, Mercedes or BMW. It can be the exact same car, but if it comes from Lincoln or Cadillac, itll always be “just give up already! Its all crap and I can tell by PICTURES alone!”

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            “Corey and 28 already know it will ride like a buldozer driving over a mountain of broken glass”

            My comments on ride quality were referring to the low profile turbine wheels. If it rides well on those wheels, Lincoln will have accomplished pure magic and will be lauded. But it won’t, so select higher profile wheels.

            “ALL WRONG until it wears a badge from Lexus, Audi, Mercedes or BMW.”

            You should know I’m not a BMW fan at all, am very limited on Mercedes I like, and have been burned by an Audi 3x. Tone down the hyperbole and read what actually goes on around here.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            @DW

            Its not perfect but a significant improvement given the limitations the engineering team had to endure.

            @Lou

            Yes but I’m leery of anything “unique” given everything I posted above. If nearly every component is identical to whatever the standard motor is (2.7?) than I would feel much better about it, history shows otherwise though. Well its the same block but we changed the headers, we changed the computer, the intake, the exhaust etc. Now instead of a standard part you’re in “unique” car part territory for no good reason. This is a Lincoln, not a Jaguar. This is supposed to showcase the best of Ford Motor Co, I expect a Ford motor and Ford chassis with tweaks and the “Lincoln” bits to be more in the interior, styling, and some sheet metal.

            @John

            My points are quite valid. What I do not want to see happen is this be a fragile, lease only, direct-to-junkyard model. This is LINCOLN, and not just any Lincoln its a CONTINENTAL. The car needs to be solid, it just needs to work with minimal fuss. I expect Ford to screw up the air ride, I expect a few bumps with “features” which may or may not should be there in the first place, and I expect to be able to turn the key and run the damn thing for twenty years with proper maintenance. I don’t exactly expect Panther grade Town Car but I also don’t expect DEW98 Lincoln LS which did nothing but turn off a number of new and would be buyers and pushed them to Cadillac, Lexus, and zee Germans no matter how good or bad the competing products were.

            Oh and gigantic wheels are STUPID on anything from a Ford to a Rolls Royce.

          • 0 avatar
            rocketrodeo

            Not sure how this is a “unique” engine when the MKZ will also have a 400 hp 3.0 liter engine, according to the Lincoln website. new, yes, but I might be more tempted by the same engine in a lighter, cheaper car.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            It’s brand unique.

            2.7TT = Ford
            3.0TT = Lincoln

            I’m sure the MKX will eventually get the 3.0TT as well.

      • 0 avatar
        Scoutdude

        Previously Ford had indicated that the 400hp version will only be AWD. If you get the top engine in the MKS (or Taurus) it is AWD only. So I doubt they will offer a FWD version with the 400HP engine when they wouldn’t do that with the lesser power of the top MKS and Taurus.

        The problem with a Supercharger is that it doesn’t help with CAFE while turbos do.

    • 0 avatar
      Maxb49

      Tough crowd indeed. I like it; beautiful car, all wheel drive, and 400 horsepower. What’s not to like?

      • 0 avatar
        Len_A

        Maxb49 – this is a ridiculously tough crowd, that doesn’t represent the market as much as they think they do, LOL.

        This new 2017 Lincoln Continental is gorgeous, and I think it will sell very well, for it’s size class. I think Ford is making the right moves – Audi A* size, Audi A6 price. The FWD based AWD and the twin turbo V-6 instead of a V-8 won’t turn off it’s intended market, and given how segmented the entire car market is, I think there’s EASILY a place for this Continental.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Also I cannot unsee this, as they are so similar.

    http://www.weblogsinc.com/common/images/3060000000049779.JPG?0.48360311018661195

    -Do not approve of how it looks like “seat pads” were glued to a plastic lawn chair for the fronts.

    -Approve of dark wood, though ideally black wood has grey/black leather, not white or parchment. Prefer a nice mahogany or rosewood tone for white leather.

    -Approve rear center arm rest controls, because that’s very luxurious.

    -Leather perforation pattern is a bit too “specific” and won’t really age all that well. Consider how those paisley interiors from the 70’s looked in the 80’s.

  • avatar
    tresmonos

    https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/heres-your-new-lincoln-continental/

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      Did anyone have a doubt? Derek was first though. I’ve expected nothing but CD4.

      • 0 avatar
        tresmonos

        He let the world know about the return of the name. I think it was even earlier than this. The real shame is this got green lighted before the current head of Lincoln started Lincoln’ing up future product by using flexible architecture.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          He talked about it earlier than that, but I think that’s when he first predicted “Continental”. I’m not mad about this existing because I’d rather have this name than MKS. It also has more greenhouse and a much better interior than Lincoln has had recently. Plus, a sedan on the new platform wouldn’t be ready until 2019/2020. The Aviator is more important.

          • 0 avatar
            tresmonos

            I agree with the greenhouse. The belt line isn’t Bangle-esque, thank God. If the economy remains healthy, the next four years will be brilliant.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            There are some upcoming products that I am excited about. STAY CHEAP GAS!

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Interior looks good! I think this car has a real chance of building its own niche, especially if it is actually the “quietest” thing in the class.

    I think it needs a version with the level of metal trim in the concept, though.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      The chrome lower valence on the concept was nice.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        It needs that back, made the whole thing look planted, long, and low.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          I think white was the wrong color to show this vehicle off. I’ve seen one in metallic brown and it looks much better.

          • 0 avatar
            PrincipalDan

            @bball40dtw, I was trying to picture one in a dark color (not black) blue, ruby/maroon red, brown etc with the windows tinted to New Mexico’s legal limits. I think it would be more intimidating and imposing than the current 300.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            I’d like to see it in a dark red as well. That dark metallic red they use on the MKZ would work well.

          • 0 avatar
            derekson

            Other sites also had images of one in a blue similar to the concept. It looks infinitely better than the white one. Whoever green lighted the white one for press photos should be fired.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Not only did they use white in most of the press photos, but that’s the color of the model at the show.

            Corey, here is dark red:

            http://www.lincoln.com/2017-continental/

            SOOOOOOO much better. Better wheels too.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Yep red is better, and so is the blue one. The red one shows better, higher profile wheels as well.

            In general, I just don’t like turbine wheels like the white one above, or feet wheels like Honda is using these days.

          • 0 avatar
            VoGo

            I just realized that Lincoln was showing its Continentals in red, white and blue. I guess when all else fails, try patriotism?

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            The Chinese like the red, white, and blue Buick Trishield. Lincoln needs to make out Chinese overloads happy.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            The Chinese seem to have much better taste than their ‘murican counterparts. Rounded styling preferences and sedans which can carry rear passengers in comfort. Yes we can.

    • 0 avatar
      Monty

      In the darker colours, at the 3/4 profile, it looks very much like what the Lincoln version of the panther platform would’ve evolved into.

      It looks good. It will age well; much better than the Cadillac and BMW design language, and certainly much better than the Sonata/Optima twins and that ilk. My mother always advocated purchasing quality goods that were fairly simple and unobtrusive in design, and this reminds me of that ethos.

  • avatar
    Verbal

    Serenity Now!

  • avatar
    philadlj

    Rhapsody…in Blue

    I see what they did there!

  • avatar
    "scarey"

    I like it. From looking at it, it looks like an American Jaguar, which is exactly the right look in my opinion. Lincoln needs a new identity and this hits the mark. (No pun intended.) If I was in the market for a car, I would buy one.

  • avatar
    callmeishmael

    Oh, for hell’s sake. Why are they hesitating at the brink when they could make giant solid aluminum wheels with a thin rubber coating on the perimeter for traction? Who cares about ride when you can get second looks from the Donk crowd?

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Over three minutes of video, exterior interior etc. I like it better in motion, but I maintain the wheel design needs changed, and the LED fog lamps are a bit meh and afterthought looking. The door handles are a very nice touch.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGThOtwe2Dc

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      That video really makes it clear how much the car misses the contrasting rocker panels and lower bumper edges. Also, whoever chose white as the promo color should be put in the loony bin. Anything that relies this heavily on chrome for its look is going to be best in a dark color.

    • 0 avatar
      Chocolatedeath

      You are right the wheels are not attractive at all. They should have gone classic Saab.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    I like it. A worthy flagship.

  • avatar
    thegamper

    Personally I think it looks great. I think it is premature to bash it until we see more specs, prices and maybe a few comparo’s. See what it is really competing against in terms of price, amenities, size. I see lots of comments that it is CD4 architecture and how that automatically means its $hit. I don’t agree. A rwd platform might have been preferred but Audi gets away with platform sharing and AWD just fine. Nobody ever seems to complain that Audi shares parts, etc with the peasant hauling VW siblings.

    At this price point though, why not just make AWD standard? Then you can avoid all the inevitable FWD hate that will be hurled at it. Come up with clever name for Lincoln AWD (LAWD) similar to 4 motion, quattro, all4, etc. Just saying.

    I think Lincoln probably missed a home run, but still pretty nice.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Looks pretty good for what it is…

  • avatar
    nguyenvuminh

    I do like their philosophy of “Quiet Luxury” rather than pursuing the BMW-killer that many other mfrs are doing. Having said that, as Lincoln is trying to re-establish its place in the much more crowded luxury market, I just don’t see this design having the necessary WOW first impression. This is especially true as this is Licoln’s flag ship model. It really doesn’t stand out in terms of shape and material, proportion, unique design features, etc.

    • 0 avatar
      benders

      I’m reminded a little of Alex’s review of the Lincoln MKC. https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/2015-lincoln-mkc-2-3-ecoboost-review-video/

      They’re not trying to keep up with Cadillac, chasing the performance-luxury segment but filling the gap everyone else is seemingly leaving behind with an emphasis on comfort.

      • 0 avatar
        TrailerTrash

        Quiet Luxury and STILL the Lincoln power with 400 HP.
        This is what the Lincolns of old were…big luxury and big power.

        And why is it so bad to have FWD? It gives the room expected without that dumb long penis envy hood.
        Nobody in this market care a twit about FWD vs RWD.

        So happy to see somebody design a car with big windows and don’t make you feel you are in a machine gun bunker. It even has a real rear window…go figure!

  • avatar
    matador

    I usually hate new cars. I think they get uglier every year.

    I love this one, though. If I had the money and was purchasing a new luxury car, this would ceratinly be on my short list.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    MEH.

    Continental is a storied, iconic name, with massive goodwill equity.

    Do it right with a rwd/awd, solid-as-a-bank-vault, real premium leather and wood, V8 powered, plush riding, cavernous room for 5 adults proper luxury sedan, or don’t do it.

    And this looks less good and less dramatic and less formidable than the 2002 Lincoln Conti concept, IMO.

    • 0 avatar

      Well, its not RWD, but to be fair we don’t know much about how it rides, how cavernous it feels, and whether it feels ‘solid-as-a-bank-vault’.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      So to simplify your comments, you’d be fine with this if it had a RWD platform and a V8 instead of a turbo six.

      Although the RWD platform would take away some of the room for adults and the V8 would probably be less quiet and effortless than the turbo six.

      • 0 avatar
        86er

        A V8 can be plenty quiet. Look at the Ford modular family. I couldn’t even hear the engine running in my ’92 Vic, and it wasn’t very loud under load, either.

    • 0 avatar
      tresmonos

      As much as I agree with you, the target audience (my mother and father) are more likely to buy it with the FWD, fuel sipping powertrains.

      We shall see how the market reacts to it. I just don’t see how a luxury marque could re-invent itself and simultaneously sell justifiable volume out of the gate.

  • avatar
    iMatt

    Front seat design conjures mental images of stacked objects that aren’t something I’d consider luxurious.

  • avatar
    callmeishmael

    This car will never sell because it has too much visibility and too little haunches. Get with it, Hyundai!

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    Too bad they forgot to put any door handles on it.

  • avatar
    RideHeight

    It would be hard to wear my fringed dress chaps with that stupidly wide center console.

  • avatar
    speedychico

    Is it me, or does this somewhat resemble the 2005-2012 Zephyr/MKZ but just a bit chunkier? If it had the same wheelbase and door lengths as the concept car, it would be stunning.

  • avatar
    suspekt

    It’s so bland and boring.
    It looks no better than an RLX and that’s not saying much.

    I don’t know where all the positive comments are coming from but I’m frankly disgusted by it. It does nothing for me. Nothing.

    I’d take the current Genesis over this any day (from an exterior styling perspective).

    The CT6 is also the better styled vehicle.

    This is really such a milque toast banal design. I just can’t believe how much people seam to like it.

    • 0 avatar
      speedychico

      I thought it was just me, but I’m in complete agreement with you. In photos, it seems underwhelming. Perhaps seeing it up close might change one’s mind? It takes no chances and consequently neither surprises, delights, offends or impresses…

    • 0 avatar
      N8iveVA

      Taste is subjective. I actually like it. Not love though. Luckily there are many other cars to choose from so you can buy something else.

    • 0 avatar
      ponchoman49

      I’m with you too. Those silly door handles make it even blander and make the side of the car look even more sterile and plain which is funny as Lincoln is touted the “human” aspect of this car in there write up. I do however like the optional blue interior sans some of that garish chrome overload of course.

  • avatar
    MeJ

    What a horrible design! It looks like a rejected version of the last gen 300C. If this didn’t have the name ‘Continental’ tagged to it, it would be the most boring car since the Malibu.
    Boo…

  • avatar
    Cactuar

    Since the new S Class everyone is doing the fashion statement speaker grilles on door panels. It’s increasingly obvious that manufacturers are really just looking at items in a supplier’s catalog and adding a check box until the target MSRP is met.

    Is there still a unique product in this industry?

  • avatar
    Polishdon

    Gee, Ford World headquarters is saving a TON of cash on designs. All they do is Xerox pieces of everyone’s else’s cars and calls it their own!

    Fusion/Focus – Front end copy of a Austin Martin

    Explorer – Front end copy of a generic Asian SUV

    Continental – Copy of a Maserati and or Chrysler 300 and a little bit of the Germans in the roofline.

    F-150 – in Mid 90’s had a bar soap shaped F-150. When the Ram came out, they redesigned and have continued to try and “Up Big Rig” the Ram

    Edge/MKS – Fattened copies of Japanese CUV’s

    In the 1980’s Ford came out the the Taurus and it radical. Now, they just copy what they want.

  • avatar
    86er

    Looks like an Audi crossed with a Jag.

    Guess I’ll keep my ’79…

    Any idea what the wheelbase is on this baby?

    • 0 avatar
      GS 455

      86er I’m just curious how often you have to work on your 79 Conti and how often you’ve had to do any repairs? I’ve been looking at getting a 76-78 Continental but I’m already busy maintaining 4 vehicles.

      • 0 avatar
        86er

        As far as 1970s vehicles are concerned they’re fairly low-maintenance vehicles.

        In the 3 seasons I’ve owned this one, it’s needed a few small items like the exhaust (rotted) and a fuel filter, but those things are to be expected.

        The mechanicals are pretty standard-issue FoMoCo and parts availability is still pretty good. One time I need a new thermostat housing and they could get the part, it just wasn’t in their stock (understandable).

        The quality of the materials are quite good and the Lincolns seem to less prone to filler panel issues and interior things falling apart than their GM counterparts.

        The purists prefer the ’76 models as there were some weight-saving measures taken after that timeframe (thinner glass, carpet, etc.) and of course most prefer the 460 4V. I’m happy with my 400 but I have driven the 460s and they do move better. You also then have a heavier front end but such are the tradeoffs.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    …There was word on pricing…

    Expensive, with $10,000 on the hood in 18 months.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Looks too much like the ill-fated Ford Five Hundred.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      Man, between this and Corey’s Azera comparison I really wonder about the B&B’s optometrists.

      The Five Hundred had a low beltline, a very tall and rounded six-window greenhouse, a short hood, and absolutely plain sides.

      This has a high beltline, a chopped and flat four-window greenhouse, a long hood for a FWD platform, and sides with considerable surface interest (some of which is admittedly hidden by the white color).

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        You’re a little flustery over Conti today.

        • 0 avatar
          dal20402

          Not ashamed to admit I like what I’ve seen of the car! The outside strikes a restrained but confident note that’s been missing from US luxury efforts lately (to be balanced, I also find it in the CT6). The interior is the best-looking one from an American brand in many years, period. I hope it feels as good as it looks. And I think the choice of a TTV6/AWD powertrain is entirely appropriate.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            I like the RWD idea of the CT6 better, but the scale of the Conti and the powertrain options. Additionally, the only RWD option on the CT6 will be a 2.slow ridiculous thing. And JDH has already proclaimed the CT6 is another stopgap and not a flagship. Again.

            So overall I’m digging the Conti way more. Dark color is mandatory though, same way as the MKS. Maybe in MY2 they will add the chromed lower panel options as part of the Black Label trim or some such.

  • avatar
    Lichtronamo

    Not sure if I like it or not… probably need to see in real life vs. pictures. Based on the available info, the Buick LaCrosse looks better to me than this and the Cadillac CT6 a more comprehensive effort. The Jag meets a Maserati fascia meets a VW Phaeton/Chevy Malibu greenhouse with a sloping butt seems to lack identity and stature. Not sold on the interior either as the overall design looks like a mash-up of Ford parts bin pieces and not cohesive. The vents in the center stack in particular look absolutely cheap. And it doesn’t seem very luxurious to plaster the outline of the Lincoln star on the grille, headlamps and all over the upholstery – just tacky. Not that it matters given we’re going back to the two-box format of cars from the 20s, 30s and 40s with upright bodies, more chair like seating, higher hip points and greater ground clearance with crossovers.

  • avatar
    Spike_in_Brisbane

    I like this very much. However, quiet luxury depends very heavily on the car’s suspension and I do not see any information on the underpinnings. Here in Oz we don’t know snow so all our Audi sedans are FWD and they sell well. I don’t need the complexity or weight of 4WD.
    Can it be manufactured in right hand drive?

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      This platform can be manufacturer in RHD (it’s similar to the Taurus that you may get down under). However, this vehicle will pretty much be US and China only. The AWD system on this vehicle weighs about 150 lbs. It isn’t that big of a weight penalty.

  • avatar
    S1L1SC

    Maserati called – They want their Quadroporte back…

  • avatar
    Dan

    The chrome bumpers and rocker panels on that beautiful blue concept car did a great job of disguising its awkward FWD proportions. That one actually looked like a luxury car. In white with real world sized wheels it’s just another stubby blob. There’s no dignity in an interior that’s trying that hard either.

    Compare this to the Genesis in the next post. Even macrocephalics who eat dogs can build a real sedan when they put their minds to it. Why the hell can’t Dearborn?

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      Because they don’t have a RWD platform suitable for this product.

      • 0 avatar
        Dan

        You’re right of course. Let me rephrase the rhetorical question then; why don’t they? It’s not as if the trucks don’t print enough money to develop one. They’re even making another GT to sell 5,000 units ever.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          It is a tale of woe. Well more so a tale of Alan Mulally ain’t paying for that $hit.

          The original plan was to have Lincoln’s based on the D2C or DEW lite platform. When the financial crisis hit, those plans were shelved. Then Ford sold off everything and concentrated on existing core products and containing costs. As things have returned to normal, Ford has updated it’s existing product line post Volvo/Mazda/Jag/etc and is finally working on a platform that can accommodate RWD sedans/crossovers. This was greenlighted before Lincoln started working on new flexible architecture that will spawn RWD Lincolns.

          But remember, a RWD sedan is not the most important product to Lincoln. They need an MkT replacement and a new Navigator way more.

          Personally, I think it’s dumb that Lincoln doesn’t have a Mustang based coupe with the 3.5TT.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Navigator seems like a very high margin item for the brand and is probably the most important at this point.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Dealers are crying for a new one. They are happy with the refresh, but they need something even better.

            They are also leaving cash on the table not having an Aviator.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            What is MKX then?

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            It will stay MKX. It’s one of the few MK(whatever) vehicles that has some brand recognition.

            I meant that they are leaving cash on the table by selling the MkT instead of a more upscale Aviator that doesn’t look weird. The Explorer can now be had with a more upscale interior than the MkT.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Oh I see what you’re saying. What I would do is sell a longer MKX, call it Aviator, and relegate the MKFlex to fleet.

  • avatar
    GS 455

    400 hp, 400 lb-ft torque, 30 way(!) adjustable seats, torque vectoring rear wheels, the Continental is a big upgrade over the MKS. I usually find that cars look better in person than in photos so I’m looking forward to seeing one.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    …Quiet Luxury…

    You know, a high end casket.

    That sounds (not an attempt to be cute) like something Buick would say.

  • avatar
    RazorTM

    “There was word on pricing.”

    Care to elaborate, then?

  • avatar
    Halftruth

    Is that a column shift? Looks like it. If it is, thumbs up from me.

  • avatar
    VenomV12

    Hmm, I like it, I haven’t seen anything to make me not like it so far. It looks fantastic in blue and red and if those damn 30 way seats are half as good as I think they are they might have a customer in the future. I wish it had a V8 option but sadly this is the world we live in now so I can’t dwell on that, at least it is not a damn 4 cylinder.

  • avatar
    Maymar

    The interior looks pretty great, provided Ford doesn’t cheap out on materials. I’m looking forward to playing around with the interior configurator when that comes along – since Ford’s already tried to make the Eames chair for automotive use, a much darker leather and a teakier wood should hopefully be available.

    but, on the outside, it’s mostly handsome, but underwhelming. It won’t be a fondly remembered classic in 50 years, it’s not a bold statement, and it’s not the best execution of old ideas, it’s just 17 feet of big moderately expensive car that I expect to see lined up at airports. Although, if it doesn’t have what it takes to set the luxury world on fire, it’ll follow in the MKS’s lead of being a hell of a used car buy.

  • avatar
    jthorner

    I am excited that they are finally bringing back real names!

    The whole alphanumeric craze has been stupid.

    Perhaps Cadillac will wake up and bring back great names like Fleetwood and Eldorado. Everyone knows what an Escalade is, but how many people know a CTS from a ATS from a DTS or an ZYXB135-mumble-mumble?

    Lincoln Continental is a great name. I hope the car lives up to it.

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    I like the return to a proper name. The rest not so much save that optional blue interior.

  • avatar
    maxk1947

    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.

  • avatar
    DrGastro997

    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…


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