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This Is The All-New, 2017 Lincoln Continental

Lincoln Motor Company has just the all-new 2017 Lincoln Continental, a full-size luxury sedan that is effortlessly powerful, serene, quiet, and elegant.

Not only does the the full-size sedan herald the return of the Continental nameplate, but it also marks the return of a flagship vehicle to the Lincoln lineup.

“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.”

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The design of the all-new Lincoln Continental is modern. Up front is Lincoln’s new signature grille and LED headlamps. An athletic yet contemporary and conventional profile features a few twists. For instance, the Continental’s door handles are integrated into the beltline, leaving the body side clean, and offering elegant and effortless entry thanks to the new E-latch door release. A gentle touch of a button allows the vehicle’s doors to pop open. Meanwhile, available power-cinching technology to automatically close and secure. The rear features a clean look with LED taillights and integrated dual exhaust.

An available panoramic sunroof covers nearly the entire roof area of the vehicle, while 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.

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Under the hood is an all-new, Lincoln-exclusive 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine making a projected 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. As expected, power will be sent to the front wheels by default, while an available all-wheel-drive system is paired with Dynamic Torque Vectoring, which transfers torque on demand to the appropriate rear wheel when driving through corners and twisty roads.

Lincoln Drive Control offers a choice of three settings — comfort, normal and sport — adapting steering and suspension settings to tailor ride and handling. Available adaptive steering helps optimize steering response, enabling the vehicle to react more smoothly and precisely to driver input. A bevy of active safety systems will be offered, including Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, adaptive cruise control, and a new 360-degree camera system, among others.

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The interior of the 2017 Lincoln Continental is designed “to help all occupants rejuvenate” by using opulent materials, such as leather seating, leather-wrapped console and instrument panel, unique stitching, and genuine wood or aluminum appliqués. It also introduces Lincoln’s new Perfect Position Seats, which can be adjusted up to 30 ways. Inspired by private jets and high-end office furniture, the patented design allows the seat to adjust to an individual’s body shape and weight for optimal stretch and comfort. Available features of the seats include massage, heat and cooling as well as independent thigh extensions to provide support.

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Rear-seat passengers can enjoy first-class travel amenities, such available audio and climate controls, sunshades, and reclining, heated, cooled and massaging seats. Generous legroom for rear-seta passengers is a given. An available Revel audio system was developed to work in concert with the interior design and acoustics, the system transforms the cabin into a personal amphitheater.

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But the real magic of the 2017 Continental involve innovations in managing vehicle noise and vibration thanks to Active Noise Control and acoustic laminated glass, which create a quiet, comfortable environment conducive to conversation or contemplation. Lincoln will offer three Lincoln Black Label designer themes for customers seeking the highest expression of Lincoln luxury – Chalet, Thoroughbred and Continental-exclusive Rhapsody.

The all-new, 2017 Lincoln Continental will be produced at Ford Motor Company’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan and goes on sales this fall in North America and China.

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