2016 Lincoln Continental Release Date, Interior, Specs, Price – The Lincoln Continental is a large vehicle in a presumably niche segment, the Navigator has typically played second fiddle to its Cadillac competitor. Adorning a major refresh for this year, the 2016 Lincoln Continental comes as a full-size luxury liner that will certainly put up a more formidable fight for its chair at the helm of its segment.
We can all reminisce the changes that the 2015 Lincoln Continental brought to its stable: a turbocharged V6 powerplant capable of yielding stronger performance and better fuel economy ratings than the anemic and classic V8 it replaced. It also features a slew of high-tech upgrades including the “split wing” grille, “welcome mat” and a full-width taillight, among others.
As for the 2016 Lincoln Continental, buyers should only expect subtle changes simply because the previous vehicle underwent major changes and Lincoln wouldn’t want to make radical changes in immediate succession.
While still existing as a concept at the moment, the 2016 Lincoln Continental will probably after production need to face off with its most formidable rivals for a piece of the segment. Some of the most outstanding models include the 2015 Cadillac Escalade and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. However, the 2016 Lincoln Continental Concept is worth a wait, especially if you consider its expected pricing.
Exterior Pictures & Interior Changes – 2016 Lincoln Continental
As we should expect, the new and mostly unchanged 2016 Lincoln Continental will be made available in two models: Convertible and the Town Car. Both of the models will feature three rows of seats that can accommodate a total of seven passengers. Also, there will be an available three person 40/20/40-split second-row bench seat that will increase the seating capacity to eight.
The list of standard features and equipment include xenon headlights, 20-inch alloy wheels, foglights, front and rear parking sensors, a heavy-duty tow package, automatic wipers, a power liftgate, rear privacy glass, power-folding running boards, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear auxiliary controls, , keyless ignition and entry, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, heated and ventilated eight-way power front seats, leather upholstery, power-adjustable pedals, heated second-row captain’s chairs driver seat, memory settings, and a power-folding 60/40-split third-row bench.
Also included are a 110-volt household-style power outlet, auto-dimming rearview mirror, the Sync voice command system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, multi-configurable instrument displays, an 8-inch touchscreen electronics interface and a 14-speaker surround-sound audio system with satellite radio, HD radio, an auxiliary audio input jack and a USB/iPod interface, and a navigation system.
The optional Reserve package includes adaptive suspension dampers, 22-inch alloy wheels, a two-tone exterior paint scheme, upgraded leather trim. Other options include different wheels, a sunroof, a 2nd row console and a rear-seat entertainment system.
Engine Specs – 2016 Lincoln Continental
Powering the new 2016 Lincoln Continental is a 3.5L turbocharged V6 powerplant capable of yielding more than 380 hp and 460 pounds of torque. Provided as standard equipment is a 6-speed auto transmission system and a RWD. A light duty AWD system will be provided as options.
Another probable engine would be the 3L V6 EcoBoost powerplant, and sadly, no output figures have been released to by the company. But if I were to guess, I’d say we should expect the vehicle to yield about 350 hp. Such a figure would be detrimental to its sales especially when considering other vehicles in the segment which have better outputs.
Likely to feature on the production model would be the Lincoln Drive Control system which comes in three driving modes. Also, the Adaptive Steering which was showcased on the concept vehicle should most certainly be featured on the production model, too.
Some of the safety features we expect to be present on the standard production vehicle include antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, three-row side curtain airbags, a post-crash alert system, trailer sway control, and stability and traction control. A rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot monitoring are also standard.
Price & Release Date For The New 2016 Lincoln Continental
Judging from the recently released YouTube videos of the Town Car showcasing various luxury and new technology features expected to adorn it, the new Lincoln Continental for 2016 is likely to be the most expensive vehicle after the Navigator, which currently retails at a MSRP of $61,920.