Here's How Much the 2017 Lincoln Continental Will Cost
With a starting price of $46,000 for a front-wheel drive model, the Lincoln Continental should have no problem appealing to cost-conscious buyers who just want a comfortable luxury sedan to go antiquing in. The 3.7-liter V6 out of the current MKZ will return decent fuel economy, and it won't scare anyone if the slip and mash the go-pedal, it's the perfect Sunday cruiser for a Sunday driver. However, should you happen to be someone looking for a bit more excitement, and be inclined to drop a bit more coin, there's a Continental for you too: enter the Black Label. RELATED: The Lincoln MK Coupe is a Big 'What If?'
The twin turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 in the Black Label cranks out 400-horsepower, and with all-wheel drive equipped (a $2,000 option on any trim level), it should provide a nice shove in seat of your pants while coddling you in the optional 30 way (!) adjustable seats. To have the pleasure of such an experience you'll have to plunk down more than $70,000, but even so, it's still a bargain compared to a comparably equipped Audi A8.
Check every box on the option sheet, of which there are many, and you'll be looking at a Continental that rings in around $82,000, which is still a deal compared to the German competition, at least on paper anyway. At that price you'll have a 400-horsepower all-wheel drive car with heated and cooled multi-contour rear seats, a panoramic sunroof, 19 speaker Revel audio system, full suite of passive and active safety systems, and of course 20" wheels, signature LED headlights, and a partridge in a pear tree.
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What we won't know until we're able to get our hands on a new Continental is if it's as compelling on the street as the numbers make it seem. It looks pretty sharp, especially in person, but I haven't had a chance to get in it and lay hands on the materials in the cabin. How surfaces feel in a car at this price point is very important, and it's what really separates the contenders from the pretenders.
Metal door pulls, premium leather, soft touch kick panels, these are the hallmarks of a fully realized luxury car. The Black Label ($63,840) and Reserve ($54,840) trim levels will surely impress, but it's the volume models, Select ($48,440) and Premium ($45,485), where Lincoln really has a chance to get a leg up on the competition. If executed properly, the new Continental stands to shake things up big time in the luxury sedan segment, and if not, it'll be back to the drawing board once again for a brand in need of a hit.
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