The long wait for Lincoln’s new flagship sedan will soon be over, as the production Continental will make its debut in a few short weeks at the 2016 Detroit auto show. Our spy photographers caught a prototype version of the Continental near Ford’s Dearborn headquarters, and from what we can see, the production luxury sedan will hew closely to the look of the concept that was first shown at the 2015 New York auto show.
The front end displays the Lincoln brand’s new squared-off corporate grille, and is flanked by swept-back headlights with five LED modules each, while the rear end features a horizontal LED taillight array that stretches across the trunklid. The main changes we can see for the production car include smaller wheels and a slightly more upright greenhouse, but the overall design looks to retain much of the elegance and presence of the concept car.
While the long, low profile suggests rear-wheel drive proportions, the Lincoln Continental is likely to ride on a stretched version of the Ford Fusion platform. Expect Lincoln’s new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6, which makes 400 hp in the 2017 Lincoln MKZ, to be standard, likely paired with all-wheel drive.
The new Lincoln Continental will replace the dated MKS sedan at the top of the luxury brand’s lineup, and should boast a luxurious cabin with a sumptuous rear seat. Pricing will likely start somewhere in the $50,000 range, and the car will be built at Ford’s Flat Rock, Michigan assembly plant.
Stay tuned for more news to come on the highly anticipated Lincoln Continental, and check out the spy photos in the gallery below in the meantime.