2017 Lincoln Continental Is An American S-class Killer
Another version of Lincoln Continental has been officially presented in January 2016 at the Detroit Auto Show. 2017 Lincoln Continental is the 10th generation of sedans by Ford Company. The new four-door representable sedan by Lincoln promises to be the most luxurious car produced in United States so far. According to the Lincoln claims the new model will compete with premium class sedans by BMW, Mercedes-Benz and even with the British Bentley Continental Flying Spur.
The release date of 2017 Lincoln Continental is set on the last quarter of 2016 while preorders could’ve been made right after the car presentation in Detroit.
The exact price range has not been announced yet but according to existing information pricing of the basic FWD 2017 Continental will start from $48,000. Top AWD models with the most powerful engine will cost around $100,000.
2017 Continental will be exclusively available for the North American market at least in the beginning of the sales.
2017 Lincoln Continental Main Competitors
Despite ambitious hopes of the company top managers the new Lincoln Continental can’t compete with Bentley but it will certainly be a rival for Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, Jaguar XJ and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. 2017 Continental has chances to beat these brands in terms of comfort and performance. Another rival for this model is GM Cadillac CT6 which is also created to invade in the segment of luxurious US cars.
2017 Lincoln Continental Redesign
The exterior design of the 2017 Lincoln Continental has impressive elegant lines. However, the shape of the angles reminds of Bentley approach. Lincoln model has even been accused of plagiarism but the accusations were unfair because Lincoln Continental has its own unique style. On the one hand, new Continental is representative and expressive model. On the other hand, it looks dynamic and sporty. This is the combination which is supposed to attract potential buyers.
As a luxurious car this model is covered with a lot of chrome exactly in the right places. The front fascia looks nice and sculptural especially with chromed mesh grille which stands out of the other front details. This is the main feature of Bentley and Rolls Royce cars. Headlights are outlined in an elegant way and include Matrix LED with light flow direction and intensity control. The interior has classic balanced lines. The design aspect hasn’t been changed a lot.The body of the new Continental is of classic shape which has been made larger. Long hood, large doors especially rear ones, flat roofline. No experiments just a conservative approach to the body design. The rims are huge with interesting design which easily distracts from classy lines. The whole car looks harmonious. The special feature of 2017 Continental is unique handles integrated into window line. They look quite interesting. The question is how practical this decision will be. The rear lights are of LED type with typical outline. This part of the car may have borrowings from other models. Narrow and wide rear lights, rectangular exhaust. The latter makes the car look sportier.
2017 Lincoln Continental Interior
According to official shots of the interior 2017 Lincoln Continental has made a pretty big step forward compared to many other American cars. Leather, wood, aluminum used even for the doors. There is almost no plastic in the cabin. The roof is decorated with satin. These materials are used for the whole car with the exception of front panel, steering wheel and buttons which is simply impractical.
New Continental has an exclusive designed of the rear part. Wider armrest with controls, plenty of legroom, air vents, electric adjustments, everything of the highest level. It is no match for the Mercedes Maybach. The leather front seats are also comfortable and can be compared to Ford Fusion. On the whole, Continental has done a great job with rear part.
The 2017 Lincoln Continental is equipped with technologies of high class. There is a plenty of them in all trims. For instance, there is LED lightened interior, rear seat tables, wine storage, heated and ventilated seats, panoramic view roof, 4 zone climate control and advanced multimedia. Not to mention a wide range of safety and security features such as Park assist, pre-collision, pedestrian detection, 360 degree camera and so on.
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2017 Lincoln Continental Engine and Specifications
The new 2017 Continental uses Ford CD4 platform the same as was used in Ford Fusion with a fully independent suspension scheme. The basic version of the Lincoln Continental is a FWD one while AWD is optional. Lincoln Drive Control system allows to choose which engine, transmission, steering and suspension settings are better to suit you.
A gasoline 3.0-liter V6 engine of famous Eco Boost family producing 350 - 440 horsepower and paired with a 6-speed automatic is planned to be installed under the hood. The turbocharged 3.0L V6 in two versions is a good decision for the sophisticated drivers. Even with the base engine of 350 hp new American sedan can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph at 6.0 seconds. The top speed is 154 mph (248 kmh). 2017 Lincoln Continental is rather unusual for premium class in terms of specs. Technically, only one engine is available, FWD type and Fusion platform.
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2017 Lincoln Continental Advantages and Disadvantages
+ Really beautiful car with a unique style;
+ High level of production;
+ Wide range of features;
+ Affordable price.
- Narrow range of engine options;
- No information on suspension.
± Ford roots
± Smaller engine
Even though 2017 Lincoln Continental looks attractive and offers a roomy interior, Ford roots along with smaller engine may frighten off sophisticated drivers. However, it is a good investment since the price starts from $47,000 and offers a lot.