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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Lincoln MKC Unveiled with Fresh Looks, More Tech

If, for some reason, you are not attracted to any of the million choices you have in the SUV market, check out this new offering from Lincoln. The handsome and refreshingly unique 2019 Lincoln MKC is by no means the best car in this segment. But for those who wish to set themselves apart from masses it is one of the few viable options. 

The design of 2019 Lincoln MKC, for all its modern and trendy cues, still has something of the old world about it. You know, back when cars where status symbols. It has a large and unashamedly shiny grille, headlights modeled on the eyes of the 60’s actresses, and well-defined curves that don’t hide the fact it’s a little on the chunky side. All the good stuff are here, though. You get LEDs, panoramic roof, and inside the warm and cozy cabin, heated and cooled seats, wifi, USB, and…

Being an exclusive sort of vehicle, 2019 Lincoln MKC also offers options you won’t find in the more conventional SUVs. There is the Black Label personalized experience with services such as annual vehicle detailing, anytime carwashes, and access to a list of select restaurants, and themes such as Modern Heritage, Indulgence and Center Stage, each of which comes with unique colors and trims and tons of options. You even get a Lincoln Way app that enables you to start, lock, unlock and locate their MKC, as well as schedule remote starts to allow the vehicle to heat or cool to comfortable levels.

Powering the new MKC is a couple of turbocharged engines. There is a 2.3 liter unit with 285 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 2.0 liter which is the default engine with 245 horsepower. Intelligent all-wheel-drive system is available for both motors. The 2019 model also gets Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection.







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PostHeaderIcon Lincoln History and Photo Gallery

Abraham Lincoln reigns as a longtime hero to many Americans, but perhaps one of Lincoln’s most fervent fans would have to be Henry M. Leland who named his car company after this iconic historical figure. Leland was one of the founders of Cadillac, formerly named the Henry Ford Company.

After World War I, the Cadillac Company was sold to General Motors, and Leland left the company to pursue the formation of his own novel endeavor: the Lincoln Motor Company (fittingly named after Abraham Lincoln). In 1917, Leland founded the company in Detroit with the original intention of building Liberty craft engines for the First World War. Then in 1940,Lincoln received an admirable honor and was awarded credit for design excellence in New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. Shortly after the Lincoln Motor Company accepted the honor for excellent design, on April 30, 1940, it was purchased by Ford and became the Lincoln Division of Ford Motor Company. While this transition brought forth a period of financial tribulation and instability, there was light at the end of the darkness. The acquisition of the Lincoln Division enlivened Henry Ford’s company, and rapidly reached top selling status in America, rivaling other luxury car brands like Pierce-Arrow, Peerless, Packard, Marmon, Duesenberg and Cadillac.

In 1961, Ford introduced a new kind of Continental car. This marked a turning point for the company since the unique design and makeup of the Continental was and still is one of the most durable and time-enduring car blueprint on the market. Perhaps the most authentic and fresh elements of the Continental design is the center-opening doors, which gave Lincoln its signature style. The telltale spare tire mount, dubbed a “Continental Kit” by custom car repairmen is an undeniably idiosyncratic and attractive feature of these Lincoln car types.

After trekking a rough road to a top-selling car brand, the future looks bright for Ford’s Lincoln Division in light of the redesigning of the MKZ sedan by new chief designer, Max Wolfe. The latest MKZ model of Lincoln held the key to a future of optimal-sale bliss for the Ford Motor Company. However, after much hype, the MKZ model, originally designed by Solomon Song, was a flop. This lack of instant success was attributed to the old-fashioned, out-dated and obsolete style and design of a car that was supposed to turn things around for the Lincoln Division. However, the Lincoln name is not demarcated just yet. Leslie Butterfield is a luxury car specialist with Interbrand and the author of Enduring Passion: The Story of the Mercedes-Benz Brand. Her advice promises to be piercingly accurate as she vehemently recommends a revamping of the car design, while maintaining the credibility of the Lincoln name. Butterfield asserts that “it’s important that the design be a break with tradition. I don’t want to feel I’m buying Old Lincoln, I want to feel like I’m buying New Lincoln.”

Today,Lincoln remains an automobile brand of the Ford Motor Company sold primarily in North America. Along with the Continental, other historic models include the following: Lincoln Blackwood, Lincoln Capri, Lincoln Cosmopolitan, Lincoln Custom,Lincoln L-series, Lincoln Lido,Lincoln K-series and Lincoln Versailles. The most current models are the Lincoln-Zephyr, Lincoln Town Car, Lincoln LS and Lincoln Aviator.








































 

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PostHeaderIcon Official: 2018 Lincoln Navigator Black Label

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There is no denying that the Lincoln Navigator simply isn’t as good as any of the big players in the luxury SUV market.But being cool has nothing to do with being good, and we think the big Navi, at least this new version – the 2018 Lincoln Navigator Black Label, is the coolest one out there. 

Compared to this car all the Range Rovers and Bentaygas and what have you look kind of obvious. This is different. Lincoln Navigator Black Label is for those who want to set themselves apart from the multitude, those who won’t follow the trend no matter how convenient that might be. Nearly a foot longer than the standard Navigator, the Black Label has an old school approach to luxury infused with modern features and equipment.

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On the styling front a monotone black exterior with just the right amount of chrome and some really fancy wheels distinguish Lincoln Navigator Black Label from anything else on the road. Inside, you find acres of Mahogany Red Venetian leather with an intricate diamond weave on the seats complemented by khaya wood laser-etched appliqués, though you can also opt for Chalet and Yacht Club trims. Technology-wise, it gets Perfect Position Seats and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection among other things.

The Black Label also come with some perks such as lifetime complimentary car washes, a complimentary culinary experience – with enhancements such as a champagne or wine toast, appetizers and a personalized menu, plus a chance to qualify for the Avis President’s Club.

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PostHeaderIcon The 10 Most-American cars Built in 2017

Each year, the American University’s Kogod School of Business conducts a survey of the automotive industry. The D.C.-based school maps out the most American-made vehicles, regardless of their brand. Seven key criteria are used in determining the rankings, but it comes down to the percentage of American and Canadian parts used and location of the vehicles’ assembly, research and development, and corporate headquarters.

Though Kogod’s inclusive survey ranks every vehicle sold in the U.S., we’re focusing on the top 10. Much of the list hasn’t changed over 2016, but there are a few additions and missing models. An update in scoring for 2017 allows half-points for automakers (FCA, in particular) that have headquarters in multiple countries. As such, the Jeep Wrangler joins the list, despite the vehicle itself not changing. For a full explanation of the points system, check out Kogod’s website. To skip to the Top 10 most American vehicles, keep reading here on TopSpeed.com

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PostHeaderIcon Lincoln Navigator

The days of a worn-out, aging Navigator are gone. Lincoln has finally given its full-size luxury SUV a proper makeover, complete with a high-horsepower EcoBoost V-6, an upscale appearance and perhaps the classiest interior ever seen in the American SUV segment. Of course, the new Navigator is based on Ford’s all-new Expedition. Both share a new high-strength steel frame, aluminum construction for the body, and Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission. Cadillac has held the luxury SUV torch for years with its well-regarded Escalade, but Lincoln could soon be taking the lead.

“Quiet luxury is both a look and a feeling. The all-new Navigator embodies both.” That’s what Lincoln president Kumar Galhotra said about the Navigator when it debuted at the 2017 New York Auto Show. He continued, saying, “The sleek styling, spacious interior, and technology are all designed to make each trip effortless.”

Lincoln has worked tirelessly to build back its reputation of class, elegance, and that old-school charm. Take those Matthew McConaughey commercials, for example. He’s wearing a suit – tie gone, collar undone – hand sprawled over the steering wheel after a long day at some white-collar position in a successful career built over time. It’s smooth jazz music playing softly with rain falling on an empty city street; it’s a mellow yet engaging game of poker and coming away with the winning hand. “The feeling stays with you,” the commercial says. It’s this modern, minimalistic yet richly decorated idea of luxury Lincoln is attempting to tie to its brand image. Regardless of the advertisements, if Lincoln keeps building vehicles like the Navigator, the idea should stick.

Keep reading for the full run-down of Lincolns’ newest seven-seater.


PostHeaderIcon Official: 2018 Lincoln Navigator

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The undisputed reign of the Caddy Escalade as the ultimate bling bling SUV is about to face a serious challenge posed by this, the new 2018 Lincoln Navigator. Just like its predecessor, the new Navi is big, it’s luxurious, and it’s imposing. But unlike them it isn’t a wasteful gas-guzzler made out pig iron and garbage cans. . It is now refined, sophisticated and well-made. 

2018 Lincoln Navigator is powered by a twin-turbo V6 engine with an estimated 450 horsepower delivered through a 10-speed transmission. That sounds about right for a car this big, especially as it has a high-strength aluminum-alloy body that removes nearly 200 pounds compared to the previous model. Additional weight savings have been reinvested in features such as towing capability and quietness. For example, laminated front and side glass contributes to the quietest Navigator cabin ever.

The new Navigator also has an interesting design that has some cool retro elements about it. But the best part of this SUv is the interior, both in terms of design and features. It is also pretty up to date, and comes with with six USB ports, four 12-volt power outlets and a 110-volt plug. An available wireless phone charger in the first-row center console media bin eliminates tangled cords. There is even a Personal Profile feature which uses the key fob to recall individual driver preferences for adapting seat, mirror and pedal positions, as well as climate control and entertainment settings.

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Other highlights include SYNC 3 with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, available rear-seat entertainment system allows passengers to stream content wirelessly with an Android device to one of the 10-inch adjustable screens mounted on the rear of the front seats, standard Wi-Fi, and available Revel Ultima audio with 20 speakers.

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PostHeaderIcon The New Lincoln Navigator is Here, and You're Going to Want One

When Lincoln showed off the Navigator Concept in New York last year, we thought for sure Lincoln was trying to give us a reach around without the happy ending. But, as it turns out, that isn’t the case at all. The new Lincoln Navigator doesn’t just show progressive thinking and a true understanding of public desire, but it looks nearly identical to the concept – something that just doesn’t happen these days with American-made vehicles. It’s got those long, beautiful body lines, that new grille design that’s prominent and dominating, the mildly aggressive hood, and a stylish fascia that is actually an improvement over the 2016 concept. And, if that isn’t enough, LED fog lights are hidden down below, while the headlight transfer straight over from concept with an even more modern look thanks to extremely clear lenses and a healthy dose of LED light. But, it doesn’t stop there.

It might not have the cool gullwing doors that the concept had, but you open those doors, and you’ll find one of the plushest interiors in this segment. A huge departure from the aged and overplayed current-gen model, this interior is also nearly identical to the concept. The dash is low and straight to the point, providing a firm basis for a spacious interior. Where the last-gen model was big and bulky, the new model is on-point and upscale – exactly what the Lincoln brand is supposed to stand for. The seats offer excessive padding and support while the center console serves as a nerve center for interior control. The infotainment system controls are integrated with the HVAC controls, a feature that saves space and simplifies things at the same time. A new shifter design (buttons on the dash) make the console more open and more like a command center than anything offered by the competition.

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PostHeaderIcon Lincoln Continental Black Label Edition

There once was a time when owning a Lincoln Continental meant that you belonged in the upper crust of society. It was a status symbol as much as it was a luxury sedan and having one meant that you had a license to roll down your windows to be seen driving one. Those days are long gone, and for a lot of the younger auto enthusiasts, mentioning the name “Lincoln Continental” doesn’t evoke the kind of response the way it used to. Ford, the parent company of Lincoln since 1922, hopes to change all of that when it brought back the Continental in 2016 after spending the last 14 years on the shelf. Now, the Continental is a year into its newest life, and it’s already getting a Black Label special edition.

One iteration of the Continental Black Label Edition is “Rhapsody,” of which its overarching theme is blue. Lots of it. In fact, a large majority of the car’s surface is blue, be it on the exterior or in the interior. And since this is a Continental, Lincoln didn’t just settle for any kind of blue surface, particularly in the cabin where swaths of premium materials are used throughout its whole surface.

According to Marcia Salzberg, Lincoln’s senior designer for color and materials, the decision to go with the specific color went beyond spinning the color wheel and settling for where the arrow ended up pointing at. “

“We had so much inspiration, from all around us,” Salzberg said. “We looked at the color of custom business suits, at nature, how day fades into night, how the sky gets so soft and velvety. We looked at our heritage, at Lincolns of the past – at how blue was such an important, signature color.”

The finished product is, without question, a unique take on the Continental. Other versions of the Black Label Edition are also available, specifically in Chalet and Thoroughbred themes that come with their own unique themes.

It remains to be seen if the Black Label Edition will help the Lincoln Continental regain some of its lost luster. At least the Continental is back, which is more than what it could’ve have said a few years ago when the nameplate was collecting dust.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Lincoln Continental Black Label Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Lincoln MKC – Driven

Lincoln continues to fight its way back from the dead as Ford continues pouring money into its luxury brand. Its relatively new vehicle lineup is certainly helping thanks to an increased appeal to a wider, more discerning audience. One of Lincoln’s front-runners is the MKC crossover – a high-class version of the Ford Escape fitted with its own styling and unique interior. The Ford elements shine through where it counts, like the surprisingly robust 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine.

I recently spent a week with a 2016 Lincoln MKC Reserve, the next most expensive trim grade below the swanky Black Label trim. Its long list of standard equipment and well-appointed interior solidifies Lincoln has some great ingredients in this crossover cake. A quick scan of the Monroney sticker confirms that. Items like HID headlights and LED taillights, dual exhaust tips, 20-inch wheels give the MKC a class appearance while plushy leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, the SNYC3 infotainment system, and metallic trim make the interior a welcoming place to ride.

Then there’s the optional 2.3-liter EcoBoost. Minus a few changes, this EcoBoost can also be found in the Ford Mustang. The turbocharged engine produces a respectable 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque in Lincoln spec, and sends power to all four wheels. Strong power and all-weather traction are trademarks of the luxury car market, but how well does the 2016 Lincoln MKC perform as a whole? Keep reading to find out.

Continue reading for the full driven review.


PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Huracan Breaks in Half, then Bursts into Flames in Chicago

It seems like accidents involving supercars tend to happen on a somewhat regular basis. Today, I’m here to talk about an accident involving a Lamborghini Huracan that met its untimely demise in the windy city over the weekend. Reports are still coming in from various sources, but as you can see from the image above, the Lambo not only split in half but caught on fire as well. Fortunately, witnesses on the scene were able to pull the drive from the wreckage just before it burst into flames.

For now, no official information has been released, but a report from NBC 5 out of Chicago says that witnesses claim a Lincoln MKS made contact with the Hurcane which ultimately sent it straight into the telephone pole that broke the car in half. The rear half continued in that direction until it struck a fence while the front half of the vehicle sat in the middle of the street. Reports indicate that the passenger cell that is built into the Huracan – much like that of other supercars like the McLaren 650S, for example – protected the driver like it was supposed to.

It’s an unfortunate happening for the driver of the Huracan – totaling a $240,000 car can ruin anyone’s week – but at least he walked away with his life. For now, Chicago police are still investigating the accident.

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PostHeaderIcon 2016 Mecum Monterey Auction – Preview

Mecum Auctions has been involved with collector cars for almost three decades now, growing from a small family business to selling roughly 20,000 lots per year. In addition to top-dollar automobiles, Mecum also offers vintage motorcycles, collectible road art, and believe it or not, tractors. But you and I don’t really care about all that other stuff – we’re in it for the cars, from cutting-edge performance machines to ironclad muscle cars, antique classics to no-frills racers. Thankfully, Mecum has the entire spread on tap. The auction house averages more than one event per month, but one of the biggest is in California for Monterey Car Week. Roughly 600 vehicles are slated to hit the block for 2016, and we’ve got some of the most interesting of them profiled right here.

Highlighting the lineup for Monterey is the Modern Speed Collection, a host of ultra-high-end speed-mobiles from the present day. Mecum calls it “the apex of 21st Century automotive performance,” and picking through the offerings, I’m inclined to agree. Think rare, gorgeous, and absurdly quick.

TopSpeed will be on the scene this year, bringing you all the latest. Read on for a taste of what’s in store.

Update 08-20-2016 5:00 P.M. PST We’re on the scene at Mecum and have updated this preview with a welcome video. Check it out in the preview below.

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PostHeaderIcon Lincoln Continental Cabriolet

The Lincoln Continental has had an interesting and somewhat choppy history. It originally started out as a custom one-off for Edsel Ford himself, but Ford realized that he could sell such a model, and the prototype quickly became a production model. That was 1939, at which point every Continental that was built was done so by hand. Eventually, Lincoln got around to making machine dies in 1941, but the car was only produced for another year before WWII brought production to a halt. Which brings us to this car – a 1942 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet.

This car will be going under the hammer at Mecum’s auction during the 2016 Monterey Car Week, and is just 1 of 136 models that were produced before the war forced Lincoln to stop production. Even more important is the fact that only 27 of the original 136 models are believed to be in existence, making this one rare vehicle. It has been through Concours restoration and has even be refreshed in the correct Darian Blue from 1942. And, as you can see from the picture above, this is one fine example of history – one that I could go without writing about when I saw it listed for auction.

With that said, let’s take a good look at the car and talk a little more about it.

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PostHeaderIcon Lincoln Continental Convertible

Some cars are special because of their racing background, recalling a moment when man and machine triumphed in a battle of speed. Other cars are special for their heritage, representing a particular slice of time that encompasses an experience from long ago. This car is special because of its previous owner. You see, the bright white slice of Americana you see before you was once the personal transportation of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the wife of John. F. Kennedy and First Lady of the United States. This Lincoln Continental was parked at the White House garage and used by Jackie O during JFK’s tenure as the 35th President of the United States, and perfectly encapsulates that period through it’s broad, simple design, boat-like on-road demeanor, and seemingly endless style. What’s more, it’s going up for sale later this month.

This luxury full-size four-door carries the VIN number 1Y86H420678, and is a certified history lesson on wheels. It’s seen only one other owner besides the trend-setting First Lady, and it’s received an older restoration to keep it fresh.

So what’s Mrs. Kennedy’s previous personal ride really like? Read on to find out.

Continue reading to learn more about this unique 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible.


PostHeaderIcon Lincoln MKZ

Lincoln has always been Ford’s luxury brand, but when stacked against other luxury brands like Mercedes and Lexus, some feel Lincoln just doesn’t compete. Even with the release of the MK series, Lincoln still couldn’t get the following it really wanted. That said, Lincoln felt it was necessary to redesign it for the 2017 model year with some new features and styling.

Most of the time, a “redesign” in the automotive world isn’t really a redesign as much as it is an adjustment to current looks – but that isn’t exactly the case with the 2017 MKZ. It features a new grille design and some new features, but it looks a lot like the 2013 concept we saw a couple years back.

In a press release announcing the 2017 MKZ, Kumar Galhotra, President of Lincoln, said, “Our customers are looking for three attributes in a luxury midsize sedan – technologies that ease their everyday experience, a beautiful design that is crafted with attention to detail, and a vehicle with impressive power that makes it a pleasure to drive.” He continued, “The new Lincoln MKZ elevates all of these attributes – and many more – to create a compelling entry in this large and highly competitive portion of the luxury market.”

The new MKZ has a lot of available options like adaptive cruise control, a concert-quality audio system, and enhanced park assist, among others. Lincoln customers can even get exclusive in-home design consultation if they option for a Black Label interior package. So, the real question is whether or not the 2017 Lincoln MKZ will live up to the luxury hype and actually be able to fully compete in the luxury segment. We’ll have to see how things go, but for now we’ll take a look at what Lincoln has done to step its game up and better compete in the luxury segment.

Updated 06/02/2016: Lincoln has released prices for the 2017 Lincoln MKZ. Check the “Prices” section below for all the details.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Files Trademark For Zephyr Name

Lincoln’s use of the Zephyr name dates all the way back to 1936. The Zephyr only lasted until 1940 and from there, it was periodically used by the automaker, most recently in 2006 when the Lincoln Zephyr was introduced as the company’s version of the Ford Fusion. The model was eventually renamed the MKZ and from there, the Zephyr name has been relegated to the shelves. That could soon change with reports that Ford Motor Company has officially applied to trademark the “Zephyr” name for the first time since 2013.

Granted, trademark filings like this could go in a number of different directions and Ford’s application for the name falls under “motor vehicles and parts and accessories thereof.” It’s an ambiguous description that could mean a new car or, well, parts and accessories. But given the history of the Zephyr name and the sheer absurdity of the naming a part or an accessory with that name, smart money is on the trademark being used for a future model.

The filing also ties into Ford’s recent push to bring what was once America’s most prominent luxury brand back to life. The arrival of the new Continental has been met with incredible interest and combined with the Navigator flagship SUV, Lincoln has its two important cornerstone models. Adding the Zephyr into the mix could at least help increase interest in the brand as Lincoln moves away from its “MK-” nomenclature and bring back the names of the models that brought it to prominence in the past.

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PostHeaderIcon Lincoln MKC

Reinventing yourself is never an easy thing to do, especially if you’re a 100-year-old car company trying to make ends meet in the new millennium. But that’s exactly what Lincoln has been doing since 2008, when the financial crises nearly put the brand on the sharper side of the chopping block. Now, Lincoln is back to making waves with a fresh lineup of luxury vehicles, hoping to shuck old associations with retirees and Wednesday night Bingo to draw in a “younger, more diverse customer.” One of the most critical models to that transformation is the MKC compact crossover, which competes against a huge diversity of rivals in the fastest-growing segment in the industry. That means it’s gotta stay fresh, and thus, Lincoln is blessing the model with new standard features and technology for the 2017 model year.

The MKC was first revealed in concept form at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, with the production model hitting dealerships a year later. Lincoln sold just over 13,000 units in 2014, plus nearly 25,000 units in 2015, making it the company’s third best-selling model at the moment. Lincoln says the MKC is “driving brand growth, particularly with women,” with female buyers contributing 59 percent of the brand’s year-over-year SUV growth last year.

Sounds like a success. But if you break it down, the MKC is essentially a more luxurious (not to mention more expensive) Ford Escape, and the small luxury SUV market is anything but merciful when it comes to weeding out the weak. Which begs the question – will the MKC have what it take to keep the ball rolling?

Continue reading to learn more about 2015 – 2017 Lincoln MKC.


PostHeaderIcon 2017 Lincoln Continental Garnering Strong Interest From Would-Be Customers

It’s not quite the numbers the Tesla Model 3 has been receiving in recent days, but the public interest surrounding the 2017 Lincoln Continental is real. According to Automotive News, close to 40,000 people have come up to the American automaker and expressed their interest in the company’s iconic flagship sedan. While the number only portrays a list of people that provided their name and contact information for follow-ups when more details about the Continental become available, it does point to a renewed interest in the model and the brand, something Lincoln hasn’t seen in recent years.

Matt VanDyke, director of global Lincoln, told Automotive News that this so-called “hand raiser” list for the new Continental has seen twice as many people compared to that of the MKX crossover that the automaker introduced in 2015. The surprisingly positive reception of the Continental has reached Lincoln and according to VanDyke, here are already measures that are being put in place, including extensive pre-launch activities, to keep the buzz and interest surrounding the Continental clicking on all cylinders.

Granted, none of this paints a clear picture on what kind of sales run the Continental will have when it goes on sale in the fall of 2016 as a 2017 model. But for a company that has only begun to regain its competitive footing after years of languishing in mediocrity, this is the kind of validation that empowers Lincoln to press forward with renewed vigor and determination to keep this positive momentum rolling. When the time comes that the new Continental hits dealerships, there will be expectations now that weren’t there before. It’s a position that Lincoln hasn’t been in for quite some time, yet, I presume, it will gladly embrace instead of languishing in mediocrity.

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PostHeaderIcon Lincoln Navigator Concept

When Lincoln said that it wanted to make a huge splash at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, they clearly undersold the whole concept of making a splash. The American automaker that made its name in the premium luxury segment has been on the peripherals in recent years, but boy, oh boy, did it pick a good time to spread its wings with the unveiling of the Navigator Concept.

I mean that literally and figuratively because as you can see, it’s got those massive gullwing doors that’s almost out of a Transformers movie. Speaking of size, everything about the Navigator Concept is huge, as if it’s trying to intimidate the rest of the premium SUV segment by flexing its muscles to show that the OG has returned to reclaim the throne it vacated a long time ago.

Like it or not, the Navigator Concept is a showstopper. Don’t count on the production version to be anywhere close to this, but for what it’s worth, Lincoln president Kumar Galhotra did say that the concept provides a “strong hint” on what the production model will look like when it hits the market in 2017. If there’s even an ounce of truth into what Galhotra said, I’m going to be waiting with baited breath to see if the new Navigator has the chops to once again revolutionize the luxury SUV segment.

The early returns from the concept version seems to point in that direction so let’s all hope that Lincoln won’t let us down.

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PostHeaderIcon Lincoln Continental

Lincoln’s iconic flagship sedan, the Continental, is set to make to comeback in 2016, 14 years since the premium brand discontinued the nameplate for the third time in its history. The news came as Lincoln unveiled the Continental Concept at the 2015 New York Auto Show and confirmed that the legendary name is about to return on a production car. Less than a year has passed since the concept was unveiled, and the tenth-generation Continental broke cover at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

So let’s give a warm welcome back to the legendary Continental and wish it a long and prosperous fourth stint among luxury limousines.

After months of speculation and renderings based on the concept car, we can finally have a closer look at the vehicle we’ll see in showrooms by the end of the year. Lincoln didn’t say much about its new flagship, but there’s just enough info to figure out what the modern Continental will bring to the market in terms of luxury, technology, and output.

The all-new Continental will be produced at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan and will go on sale this fall as a 2017 model year vehicle. Find out more about it below.

Updated 04/14/2016: Lincoln announced prices for the new 2017 Continental. Check the “Prices” section to see how much it will cost when compared to competitors.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Lincoln Continental.


PostHeaderIcon 2017 Lincoln Continental To Be Built In Michigan

The upcoming 2017 Lincoln Continental flagship sedan will be built in Michigan, Detroit, the luxury brand revealed. According to John Fleming, Lincoln’s global manufacturing chief, the Continental will be made at Ford’s Flat Rock, Michigan assembly plant. The facility currently employs 3,100 workers building the Mustang muscle car and the Fusion midsize sedan.

Set to arrive for the 2017 model year, the new Continental flagship revives Lincoln’s most recognizable nameplate. The brand stopped building the Continental in 2002. The final model was based on the Ford Taurus and used a front-wheel-drive architecture and a 4.6-liter V-8 engine. The name was first introduced in 1939 and gained momentum in the 1950s and 1960s as one of the most luxurious cars built in the U.S.

Lincoln aims to regain its long-lost luster with the new Continental, which will compete against the newly launched 2016 Cadillac CT6, as well as German executives such as the 2016 BMW 7 Series and 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Also, the large sedan is aimed at growing Lincoln’s presence in China, where Lincoln has enjoyed a lot of success recently.

Though Lincoln has yet to release info as to what the 2017 Continental will look like, I expect the production version to mirror the concept car Lincoln showcased in 2015. Power will most likely come from an EcoBoost V-6 engine with at least 350 horsepower and a focus on fuel economy.

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