It turns out Neil Young’s intel was right. Lincoln has officially debuted the new Continental concept ahead of the New York International Auto Show, foreshadowing the luxury automaker’s all-new full-size sedan set to replace the current MKS sometime next year.
Lincoln describes the 2016 Continental as “elegant, effortlessly powerful and serene.” It may look like a far-fetched concept, but Ford CEO Mark Fields assures us the concept is “a strong indication of what’s to come” when the automaker rolls out the production version of the luxury sedan.
The highlight of the Continental’s elegant yet imposing exterior appearance is the centered chrome grille, which “signals the arrival of a new face for Lincoln.” The raised badge is flanked by polished Lincoln badges within the grille, and “powerful” LED matrix headlamps with laser-assist high beams to reduce glare and improve driver visibility.
One of the major technological advancements on the Continental is the use of Lincoln’s new ‘E-Latch’ door handles, which seamlessly tuck into the side of the car and open effortlessly at the touch of a button. Out back there’s Lincoln’s signature full-width tail lamps with ‘advanced light-through-chrome technology’, which makes the lights appear chrome when they are not illuminated.
Within the cabin are the “most sensual” materials Lincoln has ever used in a car, according to the automaker, including Venetian leather seats and doors, Alcantara seat inserts and armrests, a satin headliner and shearling wool carpet. The high-end treatment continues with rose gold and bright silver chrome trim wthin the instrument cluster and chrome trim on the dash, doors, center console and more.
Passengers of the Continental will immediately notice Lincoln’s new patented 30-way seats, which will conform to your size and shape. Additionally, the passenger-side rear seat will fully recline at the push of a button, moving the front passenger seat forwards for more room. Occupants of the rear can also enjoy a tablet-supporting lap tray, a champagne storage compartment and easy access to the front seat-mounted Venetian leather travel cases.
Further entertainment and comfort for rear passengers of the Continental will be provided by center-console mounted climate control settings and rear Revel Ultima audio system controls, which will allow them to select from Stereo, Audience and On-Stage sound modes. An SPD SmartGlass tinting sunroof also allows passengers to control heat from direct sunlight at the touch of a button.
Rolling the 2016 Continental’s 21-inch wheels down the road will be a Lincoln-exclusive 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, which Ford has yet to share many details on. The driving experience will also be complimented by driver assist technologies such as a Pre-Collision Assist system with Pedestrian Detection, Enhanced Park Assist and a 360-degree camera.
This Lincoln Continental concept will make its first public appearance at the 2016 New York International Auto Show this week, open to the public on Friday, April 3rd.