DETROIT – After being shown as a concept car earlier this year, the production version of the 2017 Lincoln Continental made its world debut today at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.
Appearing nearly unchanged from the concept, the new four-door luxury sedan is designed to compete against the likes of the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Cadillac CTS.
No pricing was announced, but expect to see a base sticker in the high $40K range when the Continental goes on sale this fall.
In order to back up its claim of “effortless luxury,” the Continental will offer a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V6 that is expected to produce up to 400 horsepower. Front-wheel drive will be the standard configuration but an all-wheel-drive system will be offered as an option.
Much of Lincoln’s effort was directed toward making the interior of the Continental both unique and luxurious. The Perfect Position driver seat can be adjusted in 30 directions, including individual seat cushions for each of the driver’s legs.
In the backseats, there are auxiliary controls for the rear passengers that allow for adjustment to the seats, climate control system and the audio system. Heating, cooling and massage functions are also optional for both the front and rear seats.
Like other new models in Lincoln’s lineup, the Continental will offer the brand’s Black Label package of upgrades. They include unique combinations of trim colors and materials in three different themes, one unique to the Continental.
Edmunds says: With so few changes from the concept, this is clearly the Continental that Lincoln wanted to bring to market. Now it’s just a matter of letting the public judge whether this is a better kind of luxury car experience.