The Lincoln Continental has been a staple in the American automobile industry since 1940. Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to the model in 2002 as the ninth generate Continental ended production. There was, however, a concept car created in 2002 that signaled a possible return, but it never quite made it to production.
Now, over a decade later, Lincoln has introduced a new Continental concept. This new concept is, according to a press release issued today, definitely signalling the return of a new full-size sedan from Lincoln next year. And, if it is anything like this new concept, consider us excited.
“Luxury at its best is about simplifying and quietly exceeding expectations, rather than being the loudest statement on the road,” said Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company president and CEO, in the press release. “The Continental Concept showcases the promise of quiet luxury from Lincoln going forward. It also is a strong indication of what’s to come next year as we introduce our new Lincoln Continental full-size luxury sedan.”
The styling of the Continental concept shows a new face for Lincoln, one that is sleek and very stylish. Complimenting the new design cues is a Rhapsody Blue metallic paint finish, the model’s signature color. And, while this finish is stunning, the new LED matrix headlights with laser-assist high beams will draw your focus initially.
Inside is where this concept truly shines. The cabin greets its passengers with luxury, such as Venetian leather 30-way seat and door panels, Alcantara seat inserts and armrests, a satin headliner, shearling wool carpet and Rose Gold and chrome trim.
In the rear, passengers can enjoy the concept’s lap tray, champagne storage and an SPD SmartGlass tinting sunroof that allows passengers to control heat from direct sunlight.
“The Lincoln Continental name is associated with iconic beauty and elegance,” said David Woodhouse, Lincoln design director, in the press release. “Capturing those qualities and building upon them drove us as we crafted this thoroughly modern sedan concept.”
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The Lincoln Continental concept will be enjoy its debut at the 2015 New York International Auto Show come Wednesday, April 1.