GROSSE POINTE, Michigan – The 2017 Lincoln Continental, a production version of the full-size sedan concept unveiled at the 2015 New York Auto Show, is getting ready for its 2016 showroom debut.
One of the key models created for the reinvention of the Lincoln brand, the Continental will debut next year at either the 2016 Detroit Auto Show or 2016 New York Auto Show, Edmunds has learned.
It will arrive at Lincoln dealerships several months later.
Matt VanDyke, director of global Lincoln, told Edmunds Continental buyers will be offered a choice of ultra-luxury interiors, not just the chrome-laden interior shown on the concept version.
The concept’s interior created quite a buzz at the Detroit show, with the shiny metal covering the door panels, door handles, console, portions of the instrument panel and other surfaces.
“A lot of people who saw the concept didn’t see wood or some other treatments that are customer preferences,” VanDyke said in an interview this week. “We will have absolutely stunning and gorgeous wood treatments in the production vehicle, as well as high-fashion aluminum and other metallic treatments that go along with some of the unique themes that are planned.”
The Continental will be priced above the outgoing Lincoln MKS sedan, although formal pricing on the Continental has not been announced.
“It will be a very different product than an MKS and it will transact in a very different way than MKS,” VanDyke said.
The 2015 MKS starts at $39,775 according to the vehicle configurator at www.lincoln.com.
VanDyke described the Continental as a “no-compromise product designed to go head-to-head with the Audi A6, Lexus GS and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.”
The 2017 Continental will share a front-wheel-drive platform with the upcoming redesigned Ford Fusion midsize sedan. The platform’s width and length can be altered to build both midsize and full-size vehicles.
All-wheel drive is expected to be available on the new Lincoln flagship.
Lincoln earlier confirmed that the Continental will be powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that will not be used in any Ford products.
The Continental and two yet-to-be-revealed vehicles will round out the expansion of the Lincoln brand by 2020.
Edmunds says: The 2017 Continental can’t come soon enough for Lincoln as the struggling luxury brand needs something big and bold to catch the attention of well-heeled buyers who have more options than ever when it comes to high-end sedans.