2017 Lincoln Continental makes comeback in US, China markets

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 13, 2016

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.

Interior Design

Inside the car, passengers and drivers can enjoy various features for comfort. These include the Perfect Position Seats with adjustable comfort – these seats respond accordingly to individual body shape and weight, so each passenger enjoys comfort as dictated by his or her physical constitution.

One can even enjoy a massage from the Continental’s seats! Passengers can stretch all they want, because there’s enough leg room in the rear portion of the Continental.

An optional Revel audio system can be fitted to the Continental, for passengers who like to enjoy an exceptional audio experience. In fact, the Continental’s interior design was conceptualized with acoustics in mind. The result is a cabin that can bring about an amphitheater-like acoustic experience.

There are three modes available for listening, namely the Stereo, Audience and On Stage modes. The audio system and the Continental’s interior acoustics are complemented by noise-reducing technology like Active Noise Control.

The Lincoln’s windshields are also made out of acoustic laminated glass for that exact purpose as well. Lincoln has made available three designer themes for the Continental – namely, the Chalet, Thoroughbred and Continental-exclusive Rhapsody themes.

These themes are designed by Lincoln Black Label. The interior features expensive materials as well, like leather, wood and artesian aluminum. There’s an eye for detail in the interiors, specifically in the stitching of the cabin seats as well as in the cut of the slats in the center console door. The returning flagship is scheduled to roll out to dealers in the fall of 2016. Production will be at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan.

Press Release

All-New Lincoln Continental Delivers Quiet Luxury: Elegant, Effortlessly Powerful, Serene

- Lincoln Motor Company introduces its elegant new flagship – the all-new Continental – coming this fall
- Effortless power comes from new 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces a projected 400 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque1; advanced safety technology is also featured
- Serene interior offers the comfort of Lincoln's innovative Perfect Position Seat, spaciousness, rear seat amenities, Revel® audio system and top-grade materials

DETROIT, Jan. 12, 2016 – Lincoln Motor Company heralds the return of its flagship – the all-new Lincoln Continental – an elegant, effortlessly powerful, serene full-size sedan that delivers quiet luxury to the industry's most discerning customers.

Beginning this fall, Continental offers first-class travel for clients in America and China, bringing warm, human touches and a contemporary design.

The full-size sedan is designed to appeal to culturally progressive clients who define luxury on their own terms – craving superior quality, craftsmanship and safety.

"The Continental name has long been associated with the ultimate in Lincoln beauty and luxury," said Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln. "With the all-new model, we are focusing on creating more human, personally tailored experiences for our clients – providing what we call quiet luxury."

Elegance through design
All-new Continental design is thoroughly modern, with Lincoln's new signature grille and an athletic profile that is dynamic and progressive.

Lincoln's new flagship welcomes drivers with a brand-exclusive lighting sequence. As the driver approaches the car with the key, LED signature lighting in the lower front fascia and taillamps subtly engages, while signature lighting in the headlamps awakens in a fluid motion. Lincoln mat lights then brighten the pavement around the front doors, helping show any hazards, while select interior lights warmly illuminate the cabin.

Continental door handles are designed to offer elegant and effortless entry with new E-latch door release. The release is discreetly integrated within the beltline, leaving the body side clean. With the gentle touch of a button, the vehicle's doors pop open, then use available power-cinching technology to automatically close and secure.

An elegant available 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.

Effortless power
Continental offers available technologies that help create better and safer drivers.

The all-new Lincoln-exclusive 3.0-liter V6 engine with twin turbochargers that produces a projected 400 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque1 is designed for smooth, responsive, yet quiet power.

Continental's available all-wheel-drive system is paired with Dynamic Torque Vectoring that transfers torque on demand to the appropriate rear wheel when driving through corners – providing confident handling and stability.

Lincoln Drive Control provides the driver a choice of three settings – comfort, normal and sport – adapting steering and suspension settings to tailor ride and handling.

Available adaptive steering helps optimize steering response, enabling the vehicle to react more smoothly and precisely to driver input.

Continental's Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection is designed to enhance occupant safety. A system of cameras and sensors detects if a potential collision may occur, then automatically applies the brakes, bringing the vehicle to a full stop to help avoid or reduce impact.2

Effortless assistance for the daily commute is available with optional adaptive cruise control, which can automatically slow Continental in stop-and-go traffic – resuming speed when traffic clears.

To take the stress out of parallel and perpendicular parking, the new 360-degree camera system uses views from cameras mounted in the grille, decklid and 180-degree side mirrors, then seamlessly stitches these snapshots together to create an image in the screen so the driver can see around the car – as if a camera is overhead.

Serene interior
The all-new Continental interior is designed to help all occupants rejuvenate.

One highlight is Lincoln's new Perfect Position Seats – inspired by private jets and high-end office furniture – that can adapt up to 30 ways. The patented design allows the seat to adjust to an individual's body shape and weight for optimal stretch and comfort, and includes massage, heat and cooling features. Independent thigh extensions are available to help reduce muscle fatigue.

Rear passengers can enjoy first-class travel amenities, too, with such available features as audio and climate controls, sunshades, and reclining, heated, cooled and massaging seats. The streamlined interior provides generous rear legroom.

Continental occupants also can enjoy an available Revel® audio system developed to work in concert with the interior design and acoustics, transforming the cabin into a personal amphitheater with three distinct listening modes – Stereo, Audience and On Stage. Use of the E-latch release enables optimal speaker positioning in the Continental doors, alongside the conveniently located seat controls.

Innovations in managing vehicle noise and vibration, including Active Noise Control and acoustic laminated glass create a quiet, comfortable environment conducive to conversation or contemplation.

For those seeking the highest expression of Lincoln luxury, three Lincoln Black Label designer themes are available – Chalet, Thoroughbred and Continental-exclusive Rhapsody.

Inside, opulent materials include leather seating, leather-wrapped console and instrument panel, unique stitching, genuine wood or artesian aluminum appliqués.

All models feature new design details. Stitching on the seats is specified at six to seven stitches per inch for a couture-like appearance, and the slats of the center console door are laser-cut to maximize consistency of the grain pattern.

The all-new Lincoln Continental will be produced at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan. The Lincoln flagship goes on sale this fall.

1. Tested with 93-octane fuel.
2. Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver's judgment.

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