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2017 Lincoln Continental: This Is More Of It

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A grainy rendering of the production 2017 Lincoln Continental leaked on Thursday, and now we get to see a few actual photos of the car prior to its unveiling this week at the Detroit Auto Show.

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The folks at CarNewsChina caught the new Continental at a rehearsal for its official show debut, with the interior and exterior images below scrolling behind a white car on the stage. It looks similar to the Continental concept we saw early in 2015, but not quite as sleek on either the exterior or the interior.

CarNewsChina reports that Lincoln will manufacture the Continental in both North America and China, and that the car will feature the twin-turbocharged V6 with 406 horsepower that we expected it to have. More interior photos from the new Lincoln can be found here, alongside a few spy shots of it on the street.

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If you thoroughly enjoy getting access to things before you’re supposed to (who doesn’t?), here are a few more photos of the 2017 Continental before its big unveiling this week:

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Photos via CarNewsChina

Contact the author at alanis.king@jalopnik.com.

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bobkustofawitshz
bobkustofawitshz

I really, really like it. I think this is the best looking thing to come out of Lincoln in 20 years. I am glad the split wing grille is gone; it wasn’t working on the cars and hadn’t for a long time. The exterior styling is sharp and stately, the interior, from what I’ve seen of it, looks great. This car marks a major turning point for Lincoln, and I’m looking forward to what is to come. As a proper luxury flagship, this car is 9/10ths of the way there, but for the freaking FWD platform. This car deserves to be RWD-based!

I knew it wouldn’t be from the first time I saw it. The dash-to-axle ratio says it all. And we got word that the new D6 platform (that can be configured for RWD) won’t be ready until 2019.

Of course there will be Lincoln apologists who question why it matters at all and argue that Audi’s A8 is based on a FWD platform, which is true. But Audi also has that full time, rear-biased AWD system, which is how they can drop a 520 hp twin turbo V8 into the thing without it torque steering into a tree. Cadillac has just brought out the RWD CT6, with plans for one even bigger and more luxurious. And the rest of the competition - Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar, Lexus, Infiniti... all RWD.

There is a reason for that. There is a certain driving dynamic required of cars in this segment, regardless of whether they’ll ever end up on a track. It’s what today’s luxury market demands. No compromises. And Lincoln will never, ever find success in this market as long as it continues attempting to build luxury cars on FWD Ford platforms.