Music and nature inspire Lincoln Continental’s new Black Label Rhapsody interior theme

Article by Christian A., on March 16, 2017

The interior of the new Lincoln Continental just got more stylish with the availability of a new theme – the Rhapsody. Of course, there is a reason why Lincoln chose to indulge the luxurious Continental with this new color theme.

Rhapsody will be the third theme that is available as part of the Black Label packages for the Lincoln Continental. It serves as the third option from Thoroughbred interior theme (black and brown) and the Chalet interior theme (cashmere and espresso). The premium brand calls the Rhapsody as a unique monochromatic interior with rich, layered tones of blue.

According to Lincoln, the Rhapsody Blue interior theme is founded in the world of music, sound and style. It was named after the famous classical (jazz) piece by American composer George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue – to which the designers of the Continental were listening to while working on this theme. Lincoln adds that the deep hues of Rhapsody interior emulate the velvet sky of twilight as evening transitions into darkness. Marcia Salzberg, senior designer for color and materials, remarked that the Rhapsody interior theme simply captured the tempo of life for the Lincoln client.

Actually, there are more pressing reasons why Rhapsody would be in demand, especially this spring. According to the Pantone Color Institute, a company that provides “color consulting services” to different brands in all industries -- three of the ten most fashionable colors this spring are blue shades.

In addition, David Woodhouse, design director at the premium carmaker, remarked that Rhapsody takes a bit of Lincoln’s signature blue and modernizes it.

In this color theme, the interior is wrapped in Rhapsody Blue leather as complemented by Rhapsody Blue Venetian leather. This look is further enhanced by Alcantara suede cloth, Rhapsody Blue trim and silver mesh accents. The new Lincoln Continental Black Label Rhapsody is finished in Rhapsody Blue exterior paint.

Lincoln is offering the Rhapsody, Chalet and Thoroughbred themes of Black Label packages only to the Continental models equipped with the 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged GTDI V6 engine that sends out 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels via six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

Standard features for all Lincoln Continental Black Label models include Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start and SiriusXM Radio as well as Revel Ultima audio system that comes with 19 Speakers, CD Player, HD Radio and AM/FM Radio. In addition, all Lincoln Continental Black Label models comes standard with Lincoln Drive Control, which includes Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) Suspension, Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS), Active Noise Control (ANC).

Driver Assist technologies include SYNC 3, Adaptive Steering, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert, Forward Sensing System, Automatic On/Off Headlamps and Reverse Sensing System.

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