Continental Moves Lincoln Forward
We had the opportunity to drive the 2017 Lincoln Continental on Ontario roads for a week.
Continental is not only the new flagship for the Lincoln. With the return of this great nameplate, from 1940’s to sixties, FoMoCo finally gets very serious to build a great future for its luxury brand.
I drove almost every Lincoln which came out in the last five years and may call myself as witness of the rebirth of this brand. I can confidently say that Continental is Ford’s ultimate commitment to Lincoln for a safe and bright future.
Starting from the distinctively beautiful exterior design and every detail within thew cabin tell you that Lincoln is ready to compete with the best of the luxury class, at least in material, craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Creativity on the same platform
Well, the cost considerations are still serious too. Even for its new flagship, Ford did not develop a unique platform for this full-size luxury car, but instead remained loyal (do not tell this to anybody) to the Fusion platform, as it did with the MKZ. But The Continental is significantly different from a Fusion (the platform is wider and longer anyway), so you cannot understand it visually.
With its roadholding and driving dynamics, the Continental represents the luxury of the big American sedan.
Under the hood is a 3.0L V6 engine and AWD which is mated to a 6-speed auto. This vehicle is perfect for silent and luxurious cruising across the continent. Luxury features span from 30-way adjustable leather chairs to natural finished wood to electric door openers. Details such as door handles that mold into the chrome strip going down the belt line, give this car a distinct personality and character. The big panorama sunroof very beautifully complements the sumptuous interior. Push-button shift dials remain as a Lincoln feature, even if this is not for everyone’s driving taste.
Even if you cannot (and probaly should not expect the sportiness of a German sedan, Continental is a very comfortable roadmate for long, straight and boring North American highways with speed limits between 100 and 120 kms. I would not have problem to drive this car from New to San Francisco or from Toronto to Montreal. Navigating Italian or Swiss Alps is an entirely different story and Lincoln will most probably never be part of it. My favorite feature
Even in the successful years of Alan Mulally, Ford’s former CEO, Lincoln was largely neglected. (This was probably the right thing to do since the mother company needed and achieved strong recovery before dealing with Lincoln). However, very recently, we witness bolder steps to reestablish the identity of the Lincoln brand. Nevertheless, it will take some more time probably even a model generation to position Lincoln as a truly luxury brand like Cadillac.
Type of vehicle: Full–size sedan
Engine: 3.0L GTDI, DOHC,
Transmission: 6-speed, select-shift automatic
Price (base/as tested): $60,500 / $76,950
Destination charge: CAD 1,900
Natural Resources Canada fuel economy (L/100 km): 14 city; 9.5 highway; 12.3 combined
Luxury Package: CAD 5,500 (premium LED headlamps, single slot CD player, Revel Ultima Audio, 19 speaker,
Twin-panorama moonroof with power shade: CAD 2,200
30-way power multi-contour seat: CAD 750
Technology Package: CAD 3,000 (Auto-dimming rear mirror, Active park-assist, adaptive cruise control, 360-degree camera, Pre-collision assist W/Ped Detec, lane departure warning)
Total Price as Tested: $76,950
Article: Varol McKars
Pictures: Varol McKars, Basak McKars, lincolncanada.com
Test vehicle was provided by Ford Canada (via BHG Media Fleet)
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