Lincoln has taken the wraps off the Continental concept ahead of a public debut set for later this week in New York.


The legendary "Continental" nameplate is back on a brand new concept that previews next year's production model of a luxurious full-size sedan which surprisingly won't have the split-wing grille as the concept adopts a fresh chrome layout flanked by sleek LED matrix headlights featuring laser-assist high-beams. The concept wears a Rhapsody Blue metallic paint and features "E-Latch" door handles that disappear into the body's beltline while the 21-inch polished aluminum wheels make the concept look even more upscale.


Power comes from a "Lincoln-exclusive" V6 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine which likely sends its output to the rear wheels. The concept benefits from numerous driver assist technologies such as Enhanced Park Assist, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Protection and a 360-degree camera showing footage onto the MyLincoln Touch screen.


Stepping inside the luxurious cabin, there are 30-way seats patented by Lincoln, soft-gold LED ambient lighting and a front passenger seat that can fully recline after pressing a button. Rear passengers have the possibility of controlling the climate settings as well as the Revel Ultima sound system which offers three surround modes: stereo, audience and on-stage.


Interestingly, the Lincoln Continental concept has a SPD SmartGlass tinted sunroof which allows those inside to control heat generated by the direct sunlight. By touching a button, the glass can cool the cabin by up to 18 degrees Fahrenheit while blocking 99% of the UV rays. Other goodies include rear lap trays, champagne storage compartment and detachable leather travel cases.

The Lincoln Continental concept will be on display starting Wednesday at the New York Auto Show.

Gallery: 2015 Lincoln Continental concept breaks cover [videos]

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