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Lincoln Continental With Rear-Hinged ‘Suicide Doors’ Rendered

The Lincoln Continental is floundering in the showroom. Given that, and considering how close Ford reportedly is to pulling the plug on its other full-size sedan, the Taurus, it shouldn’t come as a great surprise that Ford is allegedly planning to pull the plug on the Lincoln Continental once the current, tenth-generation version reaches the end of its life cycle.

But before that happens, word is that the Lincoln Continental will be gaining rear-hinged “suicide doors“. Whether that’s a desperate attempt to inject fresh excitement into the flailing luxury sedan, or simply a novel feature that’s been in the pipeline since the very beginning, is unknown, although an anonymous source tells us it’s the latter. Regardless, suicide doors – not exactly common on modern production automobiles – would give the Lincoln Continental a unique functional and aesthetic feature, and establish a link with the luxury sedan’s lauded past.

Recently, Motor1 commissioned a rendering of the current, tenth-generation Lincoln Continental with a set of rear-hinged suicide doors opening up to the back row. You can find the rendering on that outlet’s website.

Beside looking cool, it’s generally accepted that rear-hinged doors like these offer easier passenger access to the cabin, which could prove especially popular in markets where well-heeled owners tend to be chauffeured rather than do the driving themselves – markets like China, for instance. In Motor1‘s commissioned rendering, the Continental still has a beefy B-pillar between the front and rear doors, which would likely be essential to passing side-impact and roof-strength crashworthiness tests. Plenty of concept cars have suicide doors with no B-pillar, giving them a nice, expansive aperture, but of course, that’s what makes them concepts.

It’s unknown when the Lincoln Continental will be updated to include a pair of rear-hinged suicide doors, but we expect them to drop in time for the 2020 model year.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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  1. Alexander Carabitses

    I believe Peter de Lorenzo of mentioned that Lincoln was planning a bigger Continental that the rear-hinged doors would be applied on. I’m not sure if that was speculation or if he has some intel that the rest of us aren’t privy to.

  2. Andrew

    Get this thing on a RWD platform, STAT!

  3. James

    When I first saw the new Continental I could not believe the powers that be at FORD would build such a hideous car. Lincoln needs a sleek sedan like the Lexus LS 500 and it needs an Aston Martin DB9 type sports luxury car to liven up the brand.


    Lets face it, today’s car shoppers are more sophisticated than yesterdays’ shoppers. Building the Continental on the Fusion platform has been a sales disaster. This is definitely not your father’s Lincoln. I also believe the executives of this company hate sedans and have probably never owned sedans.

  5. Frank

    I agree and believe everyone thought setting the Continental on a FWD Fusion platform was a mistake from the get go. If Ford is serious about Lincoln, then they need some RWD/AWD platforms and it needs to happen NOW. Amazing how they continue to make the same errors over and over again. I think the car is beautiful and love the interior. Now if they can just get the rest of the car in the right direction.


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