Ford’s 2017 Lincoln Continental first appeared as a concept car in March last the year. Well it didn’t take too long for it to go into production. Unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, Ford is hoping the car, which has luxury at its epicenter, would also capture the hearts and minds of the people of China. In that respect, everything you would expect from a flagship vehicle was liberally integrated into it.
The first thing you notice about 2017 Lincoln Continental (which by the way is the first continental to be rolled out of the assembly plant in the last 15 years), is that it is longer and has more space than the predecessor it is effectively replacing, the Lincoln MKS. But overall, there is no radical design change from the concept car showed last year to the public at the New York Auto Show.
Under the hood, the 2017 Lincoln Continental would have three types of engines for various models of the car. The different model names would of course reflect the different engines powering the cars. There is the 3.0 liter twin-turbo V-6 with a horsepower of 400 that is exclusive to the 2017 Lincoln Continental.
Other not-so-exclusive engine types include the 2.7 twin turbo V6 and the huge 3.7 liter twin-turbo V6. All the models would come in either two wheel (of which the standard configuration is a front wheel drive) or all wheel drives
For a flagship car targeted at the top end of the auto market, you would expect the full complement of luxury items and technology for the comfort of the driver and passengers. That is the least to expect if you are going to pay top dollar for a car. The 2017 Lincoln Continental is fitted with a new wide-angle view Sunroof with leather seats that are adjustable electronically in 30 different ways to match the shape and size of the person sitting on it. For the rear passengers, the seats are climate-controlled and remarkably, can also recline to fit your preferences.
Also, there are four exterior cameras whose view are stitched together to give the driver a representation of the surroundings in low speed situations. This is especially handy in crowded city center driving. The view of the surroundings can be monitored from a 9 inch touchscreen monitor on the dashboard.
For infotainment, the 2017 Lincoln Continental is fitted with 19 strategically placed speakers attached to Revel Ultime Audio System, with 3 different listening modes, giving you a breath taking listening experience. More technology can be found in the Dynamic three drive modes, dynamic torque-vectoring adaptive cruise control, adaptive steering and pre-collision braking.
No pricing was announced at the unveiling of the car at the Detroit Auto show. But for a car like this, the public should expect something above $40k when Ford starts to roll out the car to showrooms across the US and China in the last quarter of this year or by the end September this year.
Ford must be super confident about the 2017 Lincoln Continental chances in the market; which is why they didn’t mind releasing it in the same category as the 2017 Ford fusion in the same year.