When you think Lincoln your mind probably goes one of two places. Either you think of a beautiful classic car driving down the street or you’re thinking of what is typically known as “a black car”. One thing Lincoln has always had on their side was comfort that’s for sure. With the new Continental and Navigator concepts for 2017 they have stepped up their style game as well.
THE 2017 Continental
The new Continental is a power move of a car. It’s a big car but it still manages to look refreshingly elegant. Beginning this fall, the Continental will be available in America and China and we can’t wait to get our hands on one. The full-size sedan is designed to appeal to culturally progressive clients who define luxury on their own terms – craving superior quality, craftsmanship and safety. “The Continental name has long been associated with the ultimate in Lincoln beauty and luxury,” said Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln. “With the all-new model, we are focusing on creating more human, personally tailored experiences for our clients – providing what we call quiet luxury.”All-new Continental design is thoroughly modern, with Lincoln’s new signature grille and an athletic profile that is dynamic and progressive.
There are a number of new features that only add to the elegance of the Continental. Lincoln’s new flagship welcomes drivers with a brand-exclusive lighting sequence. As the driver approaches the car with the key, LED signature lighting in the lower front fascia and taillamps subtly engages, while signature lighting in the headlamps awakens in a fluid motion. Lincoln mat lights then brighten the pavement around the front doors, helping show any hazards, while select interior lights warmly illuminate the cabin.
An elegant available panoramic sunroof covers nearly the entire roof area; the front half slides up and over the rear – creating a large open-air driving experience and an even greater feeling of spaciousness for up to five Continental occupants.
Don’t get us wrong, all the bells and whistles in the cabin are a nice touch but what we really want to hear about what’s under the hood.
UNDER THE HOOD
There is a brand new Lincoln-exclusive 3.0-liter V6 engine with twin turbochargers inside that produces a projected 400 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque, designed for smooth, responsive, yet quiet power. Lincoln Drive Control provides the driver a choice of three settings – comfort, normal and sport – adapting steering and suspension settings to tailor ride and handling.
The Continental comes with Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection uses radar and camera technology to scan the roadway ahead and, if a collision risk with a vehicle or pedestrian is detected, provides a warning to the driver. If the driver does not respond in time, the system can automatically apply up to full braking force to help reduce the severity of or even eliminate some frontal collisions. Effortless assistance for the daily commute is available with optional adaptive cruise control, which can automatically slow Continental in stop-and-go traffic – resuming speed when traffic clears.
The 2017 Navigator concept
Lincoln invented the large luxury SUV in 1997, and now is reimagining Navigator for modern clients interested in better performance, more space and further refinement. Lincoln’s design team drew inspiration from luxury sailboats and yachts when designing the new concept. This influenced everything from the clean, modern lines and Storm Blue paint on the exterior that mimics the grays and blues of sea and sky, to the teak finishes, custom gear and wardrobe management system found inside.
New Navigator Concept provides drivers even more peace of mind and capability, thanks to a new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine and technologies that can handle various driving conditions and terrain It will be the most spacious Navigator yet, featuring gullwing doors and concertina steps for easy access.There is something called a custom wardrobe management system also included. We are not exactly sure what that means but it sure sounds like something we could use. Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, 360-degree camera, enhanced park assist and lane-keeping system help make driving easier, while new digital touch screens and Wi-Fi help make trips more interesting for passengers. Count us in!