On Lincoln's minimalist stage at the Detroit auto show, one car graces the middle podium, clad in white and looking bright, freshly freed from the cover of the cloth that hid its features. The Lincoln Continental returns with all due pomp and circumstance.
The luxury flagship sedan makes a comeback after almost 15 years out of the manufacturer's catalog. The new design follows in the footsteps of the 2017 MKZ introduced at the Los Angeles auto show with simple headlamps and an intricate front grille further breaking away from the mother company.
The beltline highlighted with a chrome accent also integrates the door handles, an interesting aesthetic choice that makes for very naked side panels. The interior is what Lincoln qualifies as "serene", with neutral tones, executive-jet inspired seats with Perfect Position technology that allows up to 30 different adjustments, a cascading central console, Active Noise Control and leather accents.
The luxury sedan will be powered by a Lincoln-exclusive 3.0L twin-turbo V6 rated at 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, teamed with available all-wheel drive and Drive Control that allows the driver to choose from a selection of settings for a personalized drive. The Continental will also feature numerous safety technologies, including pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control and a new 360° camera system.
The 2017 Lincoln Continental will roll out of the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan at the fall of 2016.