LINCOLN DEBUTS NEW CONTINENTAL
All new and completely redesigned for 2017 is the Lincoln Continental.
For at least 30 years, the Continental has been the flagship of the Lincoln brand.
As the American automaker's luxury line, Lincoln has also been synonymous with quiet elegance. The Mark II and MKS were just a few of its well-known predecessors.
Having survived WWII and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Continental has enjoyed a long, rich history as a viable German rival.
It is recognized by the Classic Car of America as one of the last-built cars to be a "Full Classic." Cars considered as “Full Classic” are vehicles built between 1915 and 1948, are considered "fine" or distinctive" automobiles and were limited in production.
By the 80's, the Continental had gone from a full-sized luxury vehicle to a mid-sized sedan in efforts to keep up with fuel standards in the U.S.
But, post-change, was it the same iconic car it had been for the past 50 years?
In 2002, Ford discontinued the signature nameplate, only to reemerge as the Continental concept at the 2015 New York Auto Show. The response was overwhelming.
Ford is investing billions into its flagship luxury car in hopes of restoring the Lincoln Continental back to its legendary status.
We are confident here at Pilson Auto that the all-new 2017 Lincoln is their way of bringing the Continental back to quiet luxury.
In 1940, Fran Lloyd Wright called it "the most beautiful car ever designed."
Today, pundits call the Lincoln Continental "brash," "suave," "luxurious," and "stylish." It’s also been said that the remade American icon has borrowed styling cues from the upscale Bentley and Jaguar.
One thing is certain: the 2017 production version vehicle will offer viable competition for the likes of Mercedes E-Class, BMW 5-Series, Audi A6 and the Cadillac CT6.
Lincoln sheds the huge V12 engine and replaces it with buyer's choice of a 3.7-liter V6, a 2.7-liter V6 or 3.0-liter twin turbo V6.
Lincoln has always harnessed a respectable amount of power under the hood. And under the new changes the Continental sheds the huge V12 engine and replaces it with the buyer's choice of a 3.7-liter V6, a 2.7-liter V6 or 3.0-liter twin turbo V6.
The classic split-wing grille of yesterday takes a backseat to the automaker's new chrome trimmed "plinth" grille.
The headlights and fog lights on this nine generation Lincoln, are designed in an "approach sequence" to fade right after the star in the vehicle's grille. The LED lights in the headlamps then turn on in sequence one after the other.
So many other details like the abundance of chrome on the vehicle's lower body giving off a rich look, an "E-latch" system that releases the doors with just the push of a button, limo-like spacious backseats, rotating center console champagne refrigerator, and 30-way adjustable seats are just a taste of the niceties buyers are in for with the new Continental.
In addition, starting at $44,560 for the base model - the reemergence of an American dream is suddenly well within reach.