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Monday, March 30, 2015

2015 Lincoln Continental Concept Tries to Redefine American Luxury


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It has been known for some time that Lincoln’s full-size MKS sedan was not long of this world. Now it appears that end is in sight… and it brings with it a very familiar name – ‘Continental’. This is the 2015 Lincoln Continental Concept, the first look at Lincoln’s new full-size premium sedan for 2016 and we’ll admit, it’s quite the head turner indeed. 
The car makes its debut at this week’s New York auto show, bringing with it some impressive features both inside and out. Ford hasn’t revealed what platform the upcoming Continental will ride atop nor revealed its drive type, though does note that it packs a new 3.0-liter V6 EcoBoost engine – exclusive to the Lincoln brand.


Inside, there’s been an extensive bend on heightening passenger comfort and luxury with such additions as 30-way adjustable seats, champagne storage, and fully-reclining rear passenger seating. Interior treatments include a gorgeous center infotainment stack and an amalgam of leather, alcantara, satin, and even wool. While it certainly looks striking, the move makes sense for Lincoln,

especially given the model’s sales potential abroad in the Chinese market where a significant focus is put on rear passenger comfort.
Apparently Lincoln’s current split-wing grille isn’t an overall favorite, which is somewhat surprising. We thought it looked mighty fine on our 2015 Mustang-based MK Coupe. Nevertheless, the Continental Concept ushers in new chrome dental work, which the firm hints will permeate future lineup refreshments in the Lincoln range.


“Luxury at its best is about simplifying and quietly exceeding expectations,” noted Ford CEO Mark Fields. “The Continental Concept showcases the promise of quiet luxury from Lincoln going forward.”
The Continental nameplate has been in hibernation since 2002, but unlike that car, expect this version to be a truly premium product. And when it does roll into dealerships next year, expect it to sell much more than the MKS it replaces.