If you haven’t yet made your peace with the Lincoln MKS flagship sedan, now would be a good time to do so; the model will gradually be phased out some time next year by the Chicago Assembly Plant, in order to clear room at dealerships for the arrival of the 2017 Lincoln Continental.
Edmunds reports that the Continental, revealed in concept form in April at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, is scheduled to start production late next Spring – around the same time that production of the Lincoln MKS will wind-down. It’s suspected that the new Continental will be among the first of several models to revive the use of traditional names by the Lincoln Motor Company, with the forthcoming Aviator crossover utility being another early pioneer.
Sentiments regarding the Lincoln MKS tend to range from lukewarm to ice cold, with Car and Driver currently ranking it No. 14 in the segment of mid-size luxury cars. The 2017 Continental that will replace it promises to cultivate somewhat more of a positive regard; Edmunds reports that the car is expected to receive a unique, 400+ HP 3.0-liter V6 with twin turbochargers, and possibly Ford’s future 9-speed transmission.
Edmunds also reports that the Continental is anticipated to ship with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive, but up to this point, we’ve only heard murmurs of RWD/AWD. Let’s hope that the automotive site is wrong on this one.