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by Tony West
Lincoln sneaks up on the full size luxury sedan segment while the Lexus LS and Hyundai’s Equus are resting at the top. The Continental Concept, unveiled at the New York International Auto Show, lives up to its sophisticated predecessor and surpasses expectation with a fresh new first-class design that will make it’s way into future sedans. I can dig it!
The design of this long stout sedan concept is all new starting with Rhapsody Blue metallic paint. The chrome grille is a new design with mesh that’s actually small Lincoln emblem surround the bigger badge in the center. LED matrix headlights have laser assist high beams.
The Continental Concept’s profile is sleek with latch door handles and a chrome strip at the rocker panel. Full width tail lights have advanced light-through-chrome technology. And the Continental Concept sits on 21 inch polished aluminum wheels.
I like where this concept is going. I’m hoping a version of it will become a production car because honestly, the MKZ can’t be the “top of the line” the same way the LS and the Equus dominate the price point. The Continental would be a worthy competitor.
Peep some of the BTS video of the Continental Concept!
The sedan has a 3 liter V6 Ecoboost engine. Judging by the gumption of the Ecoboost V6 in the Navigator, the Continental will provide a smooth balanced ride at any speed, and still be more efficient than the V8 in most full size sedans.
The Continental Concept includes Lincoln Drive Control, Adaptive Steering, a 360 degree camera, Pre Collision Assist, Park Assist and other ride enhancing technology.
Inside the Continental the luxurious cockpit features Venetian Leather seats and door panels, Alcantara seat inserts, and a satin headliner. Front passengers have a 30 way adjustable seat. Rose Gold trims the concepts dash, and the instrument panel has chrome trim.
The party is in the rear of this lux mobile office. Executive seating in the rear feature fully reclining seats, a work tray, and Venetian leather travel cases mounted to the backseat for extra thrill. Rear seat passengers have a champagne holder and climate and audio controls. Rear passengers can recline the front passenger seat with a press of a button, much like the Equus and the LS. The Continental also offers a 19 speaker Revel Ultima Audio System and a SPD Sport Glass tinting sunroof.
The Continental has some flair that’s just for show, like the travel bags and Alcantara inserts. But much of the sedan is practical and doable for a $65k – $80k sedan range.