In a bid to bring luxury back to its fleet, the Lincoln Motor Company has decided to revive the much-loved Lincoln Continental Sedan. Through this full-sized sedan, Lincoln is offering not only luxury, but also comfort and unparalleled power and performance to clients in both the United States and China. Featuring a mix of contemporary design, safety features and impressive craftsmanship, the Continental sedan returns to the market starting fall of 2016.
According to Kumar Galhotra, Lincoln’s president, the company aims to give its corporate and high-end clients the personalized luxury and comfort that they need from their sedans. Galhotra said the decision to bring back the Continental is based on the brand name’s long-time association with being the pinnacle of every Lincoln vehicle’s luxury and beauty.
The moment a driver starts up the Continental, he or she is treated to a lighting sequence that’s known as the brand’s exclusive feature. The headlamps trigger the activation of a signature lighting scheme once it detects the driver and the car’s unique key. The lower front fascia and the rear portion of the sedan are subtly illuminated by LED lighting as well.
The lights in the front doors then activate to reveal any hazards around the sedan. When the door is opened, the driver is welcomed by warm interior lights. Even opening the doors of the sedan is a luxury. A mechanism called an E-latch door release activates at the push of a button, eliminating the need to pull on the handle as well as the risk of opening the door too hard. Once the passenger or driver has stepped inside, power-cinching technology then engages to close the door.
The technology secures the doors on its own, so there’s no need to worry if the door has been totally closed or not. An elegant panoramic sunroof covers nearly the entire roof area; the front half slides up and over the rear – creating a large open-air driving experience and an even greater feeling of spaciousness for up to five Continental occupants. These passengers may opt to experience open-air driving in addition to the usual sedan.
Lincoln's Continental can be fitted a panoramic sunroof that, at the push of a button, will pull itself towards the rear to create the open air riding that some passengers will definitely love.
The Continental’s performance is driven by a 3.0-liter dual-turbocharged V6 engine. Lincoln has not been conservative when it comes to power, as the engine can output approximately 400 horsepower. This is paired by an impressive 400 lb.-ft. of torque.
Cornering becomes a smoother experience for both drivers and passengers alike thanks to the Dynamic Torque Vectoring feature of the Continental. Through this feature, the rear wheels receive appropriate distribution of torque when the car is turning corners. This system works to improve the Continental’s handling. The Dynamic Torque Vectoring feature is paired with the proprietary Lincoln Drive Control, which allows the driver to customize suspension to suit his or her preference for handling.
Three settings are available, namely comfort, normal and sport. Finally, adaptive steering mechanisms improve responsiveness to individual driver handling. Of course, power should always be paired with safety, so the new Continental comes with a Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection system. This makes use of an elaborate collection of onboard sensors and external cameras. This system keeps itself on the lookout for possible collisions, in the event of which it takes over the brakes so the car can stop completely before it happens.
Adaptive cruise control is also available, which keeps the Continental from speeding up too much in stop-and-go traffic situations. Parking is now an easy task thanks to the 360-degree camera mechanism found in the Continental. This system makes it easier for drivers to see around the sedan.
Using various cameras mounted around the body of the car, the system creates a panoramic view that simulates a bird’s eye view of the area around the Continental when parking.