Lincoln chose an interesting era to bring back the Continental name. While the badge has adorned some of the brand’s most iconic sedans, that body style is on its way out thanks to the continuing growth in popularity of SUVs and crossovers.
We suppose Ford’s upscale brand had hoped this car’s stylish appearance might breathe new life not just into the sedan segment but Lincoln’s sales. But we think it fair to say they’ll have better luck with new utility models like the mid-size Nautilus and the full-size Navigator, which was redesigned last year and is, by all accounts, one of the best vehicles Lincoln has ever fielded.
We also wonder whether Lincoln might have found more success sticking the Continental name on a new mid-size, three-row crossover to replace the aging and controversial MKT.
For 2019, the Continental boasts new standard active safety features in adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping system and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, items that were all extra-cost options last year.
Otherwise, this luxury sedan is unchanged. For most retail buyers, power comes from either a 2.7L turbocharged V6 (335 hp/380 lb-ft of torque) or a 3.0L turbo V6 that makes 400 hp and 400 lb-ft. For limo and livery duty, there’s also a 3.7L naturally aspirated V6 good for 305 hp and 280 lb-ft.
All three engines come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Signature Lincoln touches include push-button transmission controls, which we don’t love, though they do make for a more spacious centre console. An electronically controlled suspension is standard, along with active noise cancellation and electric steering column adjustments.
Among the Conti’s cooler options are 30-way adjustable front bucket seats, which boast multi-function massage and power adjustable front and left under-thigh supports. Rear-seat passengers are treated to heating, ventilation, massage and power adjustments, as well as an optional armrest with integrated LCD display.
If you’re shopping for a full-size luxury sedan, other cars that compete at the Continental’s price point include the Volvo S90 and Genesis G80.
Lincoln’s fuel consumption estimates are 14.0/9.4 L/100 km (city/highway) with the 2.7L engine; 14.3/9.7 in cars with the 3.7L motor and 14.5/9.8 when optioned with the 3.0L turbo mill.
This vehicle has not yet been reviewed