We have taken a lot of time to write about the new Lincoln Continental after it was revealed at the 2016 NAIAS. Even after having anticipated it, but there is a fair explanation on the delay. We were waiting for consistent technical information on the car. And none of it has emerged apart from the information about the 3.0 V6 GTDI twin-turbo engine that everyone already knew about. It will deliver 298 kW and 542 Nm, but at what rotation? Mystery… As well as how big the car is, how much luggage it can carry…
There is just a handful of info about the car. As we have predicted, the car is all-wheel drive, since the only rear-wheel drive platform Ford can use in the USA is the one used by the Mustang. The seats offer an impressive electric adjustment in 30 ways, are heated, ventilated and use Bridge of Weir leather. And all this is not restricted to the front seats. The ones in the back can also recline and offer heating, cooling and massage.
In what refers to comfort, Lincoln has equipped the new Continental with Active Noise Control. Its side glasses are laminated, providing a better sound insulation and the optional 20-inch tires are lined with foam in order to reduce tire noise in up to 7 decibels. Apart from all this, the car is equipped with a system of cameras to provide a 360º vision, with Adaptive Cruise Control, Auto Hold, to completely brake the car in case traffic stops, and Lane Keep Assist.
One of the most unusual solutions the car uses is related to its door handles. Placed at the belt line of the Continental, they do not move. Opening is electrically operated by sensors placed in these handles. If the battery dies, or a fuse blows, there is no way to open the doors. Luxury cars should not be prone to this sort of thing, but there are some sorts of luxury that are not very pragmatic… That’s the price of progress!
Let’s wait for the technical specifications to come up when the car is finally put for sale, what has been set to happen in the third quarter of the year.