Lincoln Continental concept

Lincoln Continental concept

The Lincoln Motor Co. revealed its all-new luxurious 2017 Continental Monday at a world premiere at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

“This car greets you as you approach it,” said Kumar Galhotra, Lincoln president. “As you get near it, this car comes to life.”

As drivers get close to the car, its LED signature lighting in the lower front fascia and tail lamps go on. Mat lights brighten the pavement around the front doors, helping show any hazards, while the interior lights illuminate the inside of the car.

The car is loaded with technology that allows drivers to make it their own. For example, the Continental has Perfect Position Seats, which can be adjusted up to 30 ways. The design allows the seat to adjust to a person’s body shape and weight for comfort. The seats also have features such as massage, heat and cooling.

“It fits you like a fun suit,” Galhotra added.

The Continental has a 3.0-liter V6 engine with twin turbochargers that produces a projected 400 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque.

The car is liberally equipped with driver-assist technologies from a lane keeping system to a mechanism that takes the sweat out of parking.

The Continental will be produced at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan. The Lincoln flagship goes on sale this fall.

Meanwhile, Ford CEO Mark Fields said Lincoln is making steady progress as a luxury car maker. Global sales were up 17 percent last year, and it plans to have 60 Lincoln dealerships up and running by the end of this year.

“2016 will be an inflection point for Lincoln. It is the largest ever portfolio for the brand,” he said. “With the Continental, we are delivering the last of the four new (Lincoln) products that we promised.”

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