Lincoln Continental Concept Previews Future Full-Size Production Sedan | Edmunds

Lincoln Continental Concept Previews Future Full-Size Production Sedan

NEW YORK — The Lincoln Continental concept was unveiled here today ahead of the 2015 New York Auto Show. The full-size sedan concept is a preview of an upcoming production car that will go on sale in 2016.

In remarks to reporters, Ford CEO Mark Fields said that this will be the brand's flagship and it will introduce the theme of "quiet luxury."

"Every Lincoln we introduce must move the brand forward," Fields continued.

Moving forward means leaving the brand's current design themes in the rearview mirror, as the Continental has a completely new design language compared to the current MKZ and MKS sedans.

The split wing grille design worn by every recent Lincoln model is gone in favor of a new treatment that sets a floating emblem in the middle of a polished aluminum mesh opening. The grille is flanked by headlights comprising a row of LEDs in the shape of the Lincoln emblem.

Another notable design cue is the use of electronic door handles that don't interrupt the smooth profile. Sitting at the base of the side windows, the electronic door latches pop the doors open when you touch the bottom of the lever.

Although Lincoln officials wouldn't discuss anything beyond its basic design, they did confirm that the Continental will be powered by a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V6 that will not be used in any Ford products. No power figures were announced, but with rivals like the upcoming Cadillac CT6 offering a 400-horsepower V6 of the same size, Lincoln will likely offer a similar level of power.

Expect to see a production version of the Lincoln Continental concept debut early next year, with sales starting in the fall of 2016.

Edmunds says: An interesting take on the idea of a modern, full-size luxury sedan. If Lincoln can get this Continental into production with minimal changes, it could be an important first step on the road to relevance.

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