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Lincoln News: Spying: Lincoln Continental Transitions From Concept to Production


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A few weeks after Lincoln revealed the Continental Concept at the New York Auto Show, spy photographers have caught a Continental test mule running around Dearborn.

Lincoln has gone record saying that the production model of the Continental will look largely to the concept, and judging from the spy shots, it seems Lincoln is sticking with that. Comparing the spy shots to shots of the concept show both share similar proportions and a number of key design elements such as the large grille.

Power is rumored to be the 3.0L EcoBoost V6 found in the concept. As for what will underpin the Continental, speculation has it being a stretched version of the CD4 platform - what underpins the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ. It's unknown at this time whether the Continental will offer front and all-wheel drive, or just all-wheel drive.

Source: Car & Driver


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Sure, it is an decent enough ride functioning wise, and others will be happy to see it come on the market.  The design just does not appeal to me.  It looks too busy from the wheels, to the lights, and I do not like the large grill.

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Ugh... the prototype in camo belies its 2005 Ford Five Hundred roots.  Very close to sticking a fork in Lincoln if that holds true.  This car needed no less than a RWD chassis to return the brand to relevance.

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Ugh... the prototype in camo belies its 2005 Ford Five Hundred roots.  Very close to sticking a fork in Lincoln if that holds true.  This car needed no less than a RWD chassis to return the brand to relevance.

I think they are getting rid of the old D3 platform and building this an the '16 Taurus on a variation of the Fusion platform...

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As stunning as that concept was, it had a 3.8L pushrod motor in it just to package an engine and have it roll.

 

But this Conti is so much more stunning.

 

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And that stunning face.....soooo much nicer than MKR toothed concept.


The tinting glass roof by button, is just off the charts wickedly 'gotta have.'

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One wonders why they didn't just use the 2.7EB... it's not like anyone would have known the 0.3 liters were missing

Maybe a 3.0 is replacing the 2.7.  Wondering why the didn't use the existing 3.5 that Lincoln uses today..

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As stunning as that concept was, it had a 3.8L pushrod motor in it just to package an engine and have it roll.

 

But this Conti is so much more stunning.

 

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And that stunning face.....soooo much nicer than MKR toothed concept.

The tinting glass roof by button, is just off the charts wickedly 'gotta have.'

No, that other concept smokes this one without even trying.  They definitely picked the wrong concept to bring to market.

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The approved Continental is trying to hard to look like a Jaguar but with edge. I actually do like the MKR a bit more but not much more. both are cool concepts but not what I would want in production.

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Continental just bores me the more I look at it.  At first glance when it was revealed I thought it was okay, but nothing that really grabbed my attention, either.  As I keep seeing more and more pictures of it I find it hard to see anything that makes it other than another plain, uninspiring sedan design.  That MKR just looks like it actually has some style and panache, and yes a better looking front-end, no buck-tooth problems there.  I'm not buying a luxury anything anytime soon on what I make, but if I were in the market for a luxury vehicle the MKR would at least catch my attention, where the Continental just wouldn't even register.

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I like both.  I hope the Continental keeps its name and most of its look. 

Name is set in stone.  Also set in stone, is that the 400hp AWD will be standard.  That is perfect.  I could care less how quickly this thing cuts an apex, as that is not what luxury cars do,  although with that hardware riding on large wheels....I doubt it will be leaning into it either.

The looks, from what little I have seen internally, appear very close to concept.  

I only wish they would tone down the chrome a bit, as that retro look might get a bit old in time.

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The ATS and CTS don't appear to be getting anyone very excited, based on sales, so perhaps RWD is not the solution.

Something tells me an $80K CT6 near identical clone of the CTS will not do much either.

 

So, perhaps Lincoln will have more luck with their approach.

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