Lincoln Continental luxury sedan that had to debut in 2016 will arrive as early as the Detroit show in January.
Lincoln has said it will build the new Continental at Ford’s Flat Rock, Michigan plant, which is currently home to the Ford Fusion and Mustang. A new look would help Lincoln distance the forward-thinking Continental from brand’s current range, which desperately needs its own identity apart from Ford.
In service of that goal, the Lincoln Continental will get a brand-exclusive 3.0-liter, twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 making somewhere between 350 and 400 hp. Yet critics of the Continental bemoan its front-wheel-drive underpinnings, which are likely derived from a stretched version of the current platform used on the MKS and Ford Taurus.
Lincoln may be taking the opportunity to embrace its all-American heritage as a provider of large, luxurious, comfortable, high-quality cruisers. To these ends, front- or all-wheel drive may not be a deal-breaker when amenities like Revel audio, reclining rear seats, Venetian leather, and a champagne chiller is on the menu.