Lincoln’s all-new for 2017 Continental is not what you would usually expect from the brand. The new model has a decidedly European look both inside and out, and is loaded with high-tech gadgetry. The 2017 Lincoln Continental, in the highest trim, is available with a 400 horsepower V6 giving the model performance to match it’s looks.
Lincoln threw us a curve ball. We definitely weren’t expecting this. At all. The new Continental is nothing like it’s boxy, bland, and uninspiring predecessors. This one has got style, and lot of it too. The design is modern looking and European. So much so, that many will mistake it for being a Volvo or Jaguar. The exterior incorporates a lot of chrome and metal trim. All done correctly. The chrome grille and bumper trims along with the metal blade type door trims give the Lincoln an air of class and quality. The rear is trimmed out with dual exhaust tips and a chrome rear bumper strip. The whole car just works and makes this the best looking Lincoln in recent memory. The full LED lighting takes advantage of the newest technology, and the vehicle even has a welcome feature that turns on the lights and casts a Lincoln logo on the ground – another nice touch.
The base model, called the Premier, starts at a suggest retail price of $46,410 and features a 3.7 liter V6 engine that outputs 300 horsepower with front wheel drive. All-wheel-drive is optional and adds $2,000. Step up a notch and you will get a 2.7L turbo V6 with 335 horsepower for $51,615. The top-of-the-line models, called the Reserve and Black Label, feature a 400 horesepower V6 with torque vectoring all-wheel-drive. The Black Label model has a retail price of $70,030. The base Premier model is nicely equipped with HID headlights, e-latch door handles, parking sensors, rear-view camera, 10-way heated seats, push-button start, and 18-inch wheels.
The interior of the new Continental is a very high tech and luxurious environment. The central mounted screen allows the driver and passenger to control seat settings, HAVC controls, and the driver even controls transmission gear settings via center dash buttons. The dash and all materials are high end, and all models include a stitched dash. The dark wood ash inlays and chrome trim add to the luxurious environment. This interior is by and far the best one we have ever seen in a Lincoln.
The 2017 Lincoln Continental will be available for sale starting in the fall of 2016.