Lincoln has started the testing procedures for the production-spec Continental as a fully camouflaged prototype has been caught on camera for the very first time.

Lincoln has started the testing procedures for the production-spec Continental as a fully camouflaged prototype has been caught on camera for the very first time.

 

Spotted testing in United States, the heavily disguised Continental is a first sign of the upcoming production version of the much criticized namesake concept which was unveiled earlier this month at New York Auto Show. It will be interesting to see how the premium sedan will make the transition from a conceptual form to a series production vehicle, especially taking into consideration Bentley has accused Lincoln from borrowing many styling cues from the Flying Spur.

 

Very few details are available at this point about the car, but Lincoln has confirmed the model will be powered by a V6 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine which will be exclusive to the Continental. The range-topping Lincoln is expected to ride on an enlarged version of the Ford Fusion's CD4 platform but with an all-wheel drive layout as standard. A base model with a four-cylinder engine will likely be offered in China while a nine-speed automatic transmission will likely be available.

Taking into account the prototype appears to wear the production body, chances are the Continental is not that far away and will likely hit dealerships next year as a 2017MY, with prices kicking off at more than $60,000.