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    2016 Detroit Auto Show: 2017 Lincoln Continental


    • Return of the Continental!


    It was almost eight months ago when Lincoln rolled out the Continental concept at the New York Auto Show, and today at the Detroit Auto Show, the production Continental was revealed.

     

    In its transition from concept to production model, the Continental hasn't changed much. The front end still features a rectangular mesh grille, but there are different headlights and less chrome. The side profile shows off 'Continental' nameplates on the front doors, and the door handles are integrated into the beltline.

     

    The interior is mostly the same as the concept in terms of design. The front seats boast 30-way power-adjustments, while leather and a mix of aluminum wood trim line the dash and door panels. Back-seat passengers will get a generous amount of legroom and the ability to recline. An optional Revel audio system will keep everyone entertained, while Active Noise cancellation and laminated glass will keep the outside world out.

     

    Lincoln has only announced one engine for the Continental; 3.0L twin-turbo V6 engine producing 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive will come standard. Expect more information on other powertrains to come out closer to the Continental's launch.

     

    The Continental will boast Lincoln Drive Control which offers the driver the choice of three modes that alter the behavior of the engine, suspension, and steering.

     

    The Continental arrives at dealers starting this fall.

     

    Source: Lincoln

     

     

    You can follow all of our 2016 Detroit Auto Show coverage here.

     

    Press Release is on Page 2


     

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

    • Lincoln Motor Company introduces its elegant new flagship – the all-new Continental – coming this fall
    • Effortless power comes from new 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces a projected 400 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque1; advanced safety technology is also featured
    • Serene interior offers the comfort of Lincoln's innovative Perfect Position Seat, spaciousness, rear seat amenities, Revel® audio system and top-grade materials


    DETROIT, Jan. 12, 2016 – 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.

     

    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.

     

    Continental’s Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection is designed to enhance occupant safety. A system of cameras and sensors detects if a potential collision may occur, then automatically applies the brakes, bringing the vehicle to a full stop to help avoid or reduce impact. [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.

     

    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.

     

    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.

     

    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.

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    Love the interior, the exterior just leaves me wanting. Not sure what it is about this or maybe it is the white paint but I am left wanting.

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    Agreed, dfelt. I LOVE the interior but the outside is a little on the bland side.  I actually think those pictures make the car look smaller than the concept pictures. I think that is part of what is making it seem underwhelming to me. 

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    So here is a side by side comparison of the same shot.

     

    Concept in Blue and production in White.

     

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    Can the color really make that big of a difference? I will say that the subtle changes like where the hood opens up makes a noticeable difference and I do NOT like the door handles on the production unit.

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    First, Thanks dfelt! I was actually going to ask if anybody could do an over-under of the two! You read my mind. 

     

    Second, It still sounds like it will be a fantastic car. 

     

    " These seats can be adjusted in 30 different ways and modified based on an individual’s body shape and weight for optimal comfort. Lincoln’s Perfect Position Seats come with independent thigh extensions, heating, cooling, and massaging functions. Rear seat passengers can also expect to be pampered because the second row reclines and includes heating, cooling, and massaging features. "

     

    This is part of the door handle comment.. still not sure how I like how they look. I need to see a picture of JUST the handle to really decide. :

    " Traditional door handles have also been ditched in favor of a new E-latch door release that’s integrated within the beltline. The doors are opened with a push of a button and can be automatically closed thanks to an available power cinching feature."

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    Interior is decent.. actually nice use of materials, buuuuut the design over which the materials are placed seems bland. Exterior is class D boring. It lacks not only sexy appeal.. but comes off as more mainstream than the Fusion.. a size and class below. I'm missing something. I can't not like a product this much. Bottom line.. and this is where my Domestic bias shows.. if this were a Toyota.. a Hyundai.. a Nissan (which is what I think they were going for circa early 2000s) I would roast this car like no tomorrow.

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    I like it a whole lot more than I thought it would.

     

    I just wished they had kept the inlaid hood. That would have gone a long way to making the vehicle look luxurious.

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    Another shot from C&D. 

     

    It looks just like the concept interior with the blue black-label package. Since the Mercedes logo is in the background...

     

    What would you think if this interior was from a Mercedes. Just a question borne out of curiosity, I'm not sure what I'd say, but I can for sure state that it is exactly like the interior shown in the concept. Everything is either blue or aluminum/metallic trim.

     

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    " The available all-wheel drive system features dynamic torque vectoring, which transfers torque on demand to the appropriate rear wheel when cornering for better handling and stability. The 2017 Continental also comes with Lincoln Drive Control, which tailors the suspension and steering for the right ride and handling balance and gives the driver three modes: Comfort, Normal, and Sport. An adaptive steering system is also available and optimizes steering response to the driver’s input. "

    Sounds like it should be a fine driving car!

    http://www.motortrend.com/news/2017-lincoln-continental-debuts-first-look-review/

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    Well, I'm very happy to see that they kept the best part from the concept.

     

     

    Seriously, very slick and I feel original interior!!

     

     

    2017-Lincoln-Continental-show-floor-109-

    The interior is definitely the high point. I just wish the exterior matched the "pop" of the interior. 

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    Well it's not as though the car is facing stiff competition in terms of exterior styling.

     

    The RLX is just a mess. And the XTS, sure it looks like Art and Science, but its comes off as bloated.. and surprising, for being a big car, this one isn't.

     

    The Lacrosse is truly good looking. But it doesn't offer the full interior package, at least the one that is straight from the concept in the Lincoln.

     

    Others call the Genesis G90 as derivative, okay...

     

    And the E-Class is same sausage different length. Ditto for the rest of the Germans.

     

    And most of the publication media was harsh on the styling of the CT6, because it just wasn't what the El Miraj Concept set the expectations at. But I like it, but not more than that the Continental.

     

    There's only one car in this auto show that does it right in terms of pure full execution of the concept - it's the LC 500. 


    That interior is horrendous.

     

    Hey man, different strokes for different folks, and I respect your opinion of it. I can see why it some people would not like the continental interior. I'm guessing Rhapsody Blue isn't to your liking. 

     

    What would you like to see instead, though?

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    That interior is horrendous.

    Bad color choice is what hurts it I think. That 80s blue just won't cut it IMO. Some different color combinations would be nice.

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    Well it's not as though the car is facing stiff competition in terms of exterior styling.

     

    The RLX is just a mess. And the XTS, sure it looks like Art and Science, but its comes off as bloated.. and surprising, for being a big car, this one isn't.

     

    The Lacrosse is truly good looking. But it doesn't offer the full interior package, at least the one that is straight from the concept in the Lincoln.

     

    Others call the Genesis G90 as derivative, okay...

     

    And the E-Class is same sausage different length. Ditto for the rest of the Germans.

     

    And most of the publication media was harsh on the styling of the CT6, because it just wasn't what the El Miraj Concept set the expectations at. But I like it, but not more than that the Continental.

     

    There's only one car in this auto show that does it right in terms of pure full execution of the concept - it's the LC 500. 

    That interior is horrendous.

     

    Hey man, different strokes for different folks, and I respect your opinion of it. I can see why it some people would not like the continental interior. I'm guessing Rhapsody Blue isn't to your liking. 

     

    What would you like to see instead, though?

    Stating that it doesn't face any stiff competition in exterior design is pretty much confirming the boring design of it IMO. You don't set the bar in accordance to the "boring" designs of the competition. You set it above and beyond the competition. Just my opinion though.

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    But if the rest of the industry is also doing boring and predictable style...

     

    while Lexus is taking real chances, and Cadillac made and Buick is probably making concepts that aren't headed to production...

     

    Then I don't know why anyone is so stringent towards Lincoln's styling. Really. Was anyone really wowed at how the new 7 Series looks? Or the E-Class. The CT6 - many people in the media, such as Johnny Lieberman from MT, didn't like it as a revelation in styling. The driving will be. But not how it looks.

     

    Okay, I know that Lincoln has to go above and beyond. But it seems like everyone else is getting a free pass for underperforming styling wise.

     

    While the only luxury brand that really seems to take a styling risk, actually alienating potential buyers, is being told to go back to the drawing board on the forums.

     

    A lot of conflicting logic, is what I'm trying to point out. 

     

    Full disclosure - I'm still more partial to the CT6. But it doesn't leave out the possibility that the Continental won't drive well, or well enough for its stated purpose. And it delivered the concept interior - to the liking or chagrin of some folks - but atleast they delivered something.

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    That interior is horrendous.

     

    I'm not feeling it either. Throw a shifter in the console and the whole layout is a conventional, mainstream car with a lot of chrome accents. The infotainment screen is pretty average, and directly above it are a pair of plain, poorly integrated vents that look fresh out of 2006, not 2016.

     

    On the bright side, the seating looks amazing front and back.

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    But if the rest of the industry is also doing boring and predictable style...

     

    while Lexus is taking real chances, and Cadillac made and Buick is probably making concepts that aren't headed to production...

     

    Then I don't know why anyone is so stringent towards Lincoln's styling. Really. Was anyone really wowed at how the new 7 Series looks? Or the E-Class. The CT6 - many people in the media, such as Johnny Lieberman from MT, didn't like it as a revelation in styling. The driving will be. But not how it looks.

     

    Okay, I know that Lincoln has to go above and beyond. But it seems like everyone else is getting a free pass for underperforming styling wise.

     

    While the only luxury brand that really seems to take a styling risk, actually alienating potential buyers, is being told to go back to the drawing board on the forums.

     

    A lot of conflicting logic, is what I'm trying to point out. 

     

    Full disclosure - I'm still more partial to the CT6. But it doesn't leave out the possibility that the Continental won't drive well, or well enough for its stated purpose. And it delivered the concept interior - to the liking or chagrin of some folks - but atleast they delivered something.

    Again, that is pretty much supporting my "boring" assertion. Why would one make a boring looking car just because the rest of the competition does? The point is to stand out, not blend in. That has been Lincoln's problem for far too long and this does nothing to change that (at least on the outside). It does offer a solid powertrain though which could be its saving grace but I still don't think that it is enough in the grand scheme of things.

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    That interior is horrendous.

    Bad color choice is what hurts it I think. That 80s blue just won't cut it IMO. Some different color combinations would be nice.

     

     

    I actually LIKE the blue, lol. It's the shape and location of the contrasting silver bits, and the overall sculpting and shape of the interior I don't like.

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    SO FAR, from the pics I've seen & the bits I've read, the Continental is shaping up to be better than I expected. Production exterior looks closer to the concept than the earlier masked shots made it appear to be. Lincoln put some effort into this, will be interesting to read more hands-on reviews.

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    That interior is horrendous.

    Bad color choice is what hurts it I think. That 80s blue just won't cut it IMO. Some different color combinations would be nice.

     

     

    I actually LIKE the blue, lol. It's the shape and location of the contrasting silver bits, and the overall sculpting and shape of the interior I don't like.

     

    Yeah, the silver is a bit much and it doesn't work very well with the blue. Looks too "1980ish" to me. The overall design is sharp though IMO (save for a few tidbits).

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      Let’s begin with that surprising price. Our Golf Wolfsburg tester came with an as-tested price of $23,515 and that includes a sunroof, push-button start, heated seats, backup camera, pre-collision braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rain-sensing wipers. Considering the amount of equipment on offer, this might be one of the best values in the compact class. I know that I’m beating a dead horse here, but I wished the Golf was just a little bit more exciting to look at. The clean lines and minimal brightwork make the Golf have a handsome profile. But park it next to something like a Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback, and you kind of wish that Volkswagen did something to make it standout. You could level the same complaint at the Golf’s interior as doesn’t have the same panache or sharpness as some competitors. But I can overlook it as the Golf has one the most functional and well-built interiors in the class. Controls are within easy reach and have a solid feel that is lacking in other compact models. It doesn’t hurt the Golf has a spacious interior for passengers and cargo. I’m 5’8” and found to have plenty of head and legroom sitting in the back. For cargo, the Golf offers up 22.8 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 52.7 cubic feet with them folded, putting it at the top of the class. Like the larger SportWagen and Alltrack, the regular Golf sports a turbocharged 1.8L four-cylinder producing 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. My tester came with the optional six-speed automatic. A five-speed manual comes standard. This engine is such a sweetheart as it punches well above its weight. Power comes on a quick and smooth rate, meaning you’ll not be wanting for power when trying to make a pass. The automatic transmission is smart, knowing when it needs to up or downshift and doing so at a quick rate. One item that I gave the Golf SportWagen a lot of praise was the pleasant balance between a smooth ride and sharp handling. The regular Golf is much the same. Taking a corner, the vehicle shows little body roll and the steering provides a linear and quick response. It would be nice if the steering had some more weight, but otherwise, it is a fun car to hustle around. For the daily commute, the Golf offers up a comfortable ride where potholes and other imperfections are ironed out. Road and wind noise are kept to very acceptable levels. If I do have one complaint, it has to deal with the lack of adaptive cruise control. There is already a radar module up front for the pre-collision braking that can monitor vehicles ahead and bring the vehicle to a stop. So why isn’t there the ability to use that module to provide adaptive cruise control? Is it a technical issue or something dealing with the cost? (I'm thinking its the latter). That issue aside, I’m really impressed with the regular Golf. This is one of the vehicles that can deliver on being an all arounder without falling on its face due to one or many things. Plus, the Wolfsburg Edition might be the steal for the 2017 Golf lineup considering what you get. Disclaimer: Volkswagen Provided the Golf, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2017
      Make: Volkswagen
      Model: Golf
      Trim: Wolfsburg Edition
      Engine: 1.8L TSI Turbocharged Four-Cylinder
      Driveline: Six-Speed Automatic, Front-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 170 @ 4,500
      Torque @ RPM: 199 @ 1,600
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 25/35/29
      Curb Weight: 3,023 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Wolfsburg, Germany
      Base Price: $22,695
      As Tested Price: $23,515 (Includes $820.00 Destination Charge)
      Options: N/A

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    • By William Maley
      In the past two years, I have driven three variations of the Volkswagen Golf; the GTI, SportWagen, and R. But I never had the chance to drive the standard Golf. That is until a couple of months ago when a Golf Wolfsburg Edition rolled up. For 2017, the Wolfsburg is one of the two trims on offer (the base S being the other) and comes with lots of equipment for a surprising price. But this is only the cherry on top of an impressive compact hatchback as I would find out.
      Let’s begin with that surprising price. Our Golf Wolfsburg tester came with an as-tested price of $23,515 and that includes a sunroof, push-button start, heated seats, backup camera, pre-collision braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rain-sensing wipers. Considering the amount of equipment on offer, this might be one of the best values in the compact class. I know that I’m beating a dead horse here, but I wished the Golf was just a little bit more exciting to look at. The clean lines and minimal brightwork make the Golf have a handsome profile. But park it next to something like a Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback, and you kind of wish that Volkswagen did something to make it standout. You could level the same complaint at the Golf’s interior as doesn’t have the same panache or sharpness as some competitors. But I can overlook it as the Golf has one the most functional and well-built interiors in the class. Controls are within easy reach and have a solid feel that is lacking in other compact models. It doesn’t hurt the Golf has a spacious interior for passengers and cargo. I’m 5’8” and found to have plenty of head and legroom sitting in the back. For cargo, the Golf offers up 22.8 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 52.7 cubic feet with them folded, putting it at the top of the class. Like the larger SportWagen and Alltrack, the regular Golf sports a turbocharged 1.8L four-cylinder producing 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. My tester came with the optional six-speed automatic. A five-speed manual comes standard. This engine is such a sweetheart as it punches well above its weight. Power comes on a quick and smooth rate, meaning you’ll not be wanting for power when trying to make a pass. The automatic transmission is smart, knowing when it needs to up or downshift and doing so at a quick rate. One item that I gave the Golf SportWagen a lot of praise was the pleasant balance between a smooth ride and sharp handling. The regular Golf is much the same. Taking a corner, the vehicle shows little body roll and the steering provides a linear and quick response. It would be nice if the steering had some more weight, but otherwise, it is a fun car to hustle around. For the daily commute, the Golf offers up a comfortable ride where potholes and other imperfections are ironed out. Road and wind noise are kept to very acceptable levels. If I do have one complaint, it has to deal with the lack of adaptive cruise control. There is already a radar module up front for the pre-collision braking that can monitor vehicles ahead and bring the vehicle to a stop. So why isn’t there the ability to use that module to provide adaptive cruise control? Is it a technical issue or something dealing with the cost? (I'm thinking its the latter). That issue aside, I’m really impressed with the regular Golf. This is one of the vehicles that can deliver on being an all arounder without falling on its face due to one or many things. Plus, the Wolfsburg Edition might be the steal for the 2017 Golf lineup considering what you get. Disclaimer: Volkswagen Provided the Golf, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2017
      Make: Volkswagen
      Model: Golf
      Trim: Wolfsburg Edition
      Engine: 1.8L TSI Turbocharged Four-Cylinder
      Driveline: Six-Speed Automatic, Front-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 170 @ 4,500
      Torque @ RPM: 199 @ 1,600
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 25/35/29
      Curb Weight: 3,023 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Wolfsburg, Germany
      Base Price: $22,695
      As Tested Price: $23,515 (Includes $820.00 Destination Charge)
      Options: N/A
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