Almost 13 years after Ford’s premium brand presented the 2002 concept car that unfortunately never made it into production, the iconic 2015 Lincoln Continental Concept made an unexpected comeback, unveiled at this years New York Auto Show. Unlike its predecessor, it will definitely find its way into production in the next few years. It looks like Lincoln is ready at last to make a comeback as a full-fledged luxury car to compete on an equal footing with the soon to be presented, all-new full-size Cadillac CT6 sedan.
As far as the interior of the 2015 Lincoln Continental Concept is concerned, it is luxurious, designed with taste, and extremely comfortable. The inside of the car is upholstered with fine Venetian leather and Alcantara, with white contrasting stitching, a satin headliner, and Rose Gold trim. The dashboard is also luxurious and clean looking, and combines blue leather with chrome and black inserts. The 30-way adjustable seats provide the amazing comfort for the passengers, due to 11 inflatable bladders and 4-way adjustable head rests.
Being a quite luxury and elegant limousine, the highlight of the Continental Concept is in the second row of the cabin, where there are the same 30-way adjustable seats and an array of comfort features. The passenger-side back seat can fully extend by moving the front passenger seat forward, just with the touch of a button, while the massive center console allows the rear passengers to have access to climate control settings and the Revel Ultima premium audio system. Other features include an SPG Smart Glass tinting sunroof, and a tablet-supporting lap tray that comes out from the center console and turns the rear seat into a mobile office.
The outside appearance of the 2015 Lincoln Continental Concept is impressive, and clean at the same time. The famous split grille the brand has been using so far is gone, and it has been replaced with a new one which now consists of a raised Lincoln badge and a span of polished aluminum Lincoln Star emblems. The headlights are striking as well, as they each come with 5 smaller units, designed to also look like the brand’s star badge. The L-shaped LED stripe fits perfectly with the unique light pattern. The clean lines continue on the flanks, with only a small chrome insert wearing “Continental” lettering interrupting the elegant styling of the vehicle.
The tall beltline raises toward the C-pillar, while the E-Latch door handles, that allow the doors to open effortlessly with the touch of a button, are discreetly fitted into the beltline. The chrome side sills further highlight the elegant look of the limousine. At the back end, Lincoln is equipped with a sleek, full-length taillight unit, and the trademark “Lincoln” lettering on the trunk lid. At the bottom, the chrome apron holds 4 tailpipes. Furthermore, the 2015 Lincoln Continental Concept has a range of nice sculpting to proud of, such as the V-shaped engine hood, muscular thighs, and the polished 21-inch wheels with black colored pockets.
Engine, Specs, Performance
Under the hood of the sedan is a 3.0L EcoBoost V-6 engine. There is no information about the engine’s total output, but the predictions are that the V-6 will probably be able to pump out more than 350 hp, and it will be the most fuel efficient one, in order to stay in front of its competitors. The engine will be probably paired with a 10-speed automatic gearbox that the company is currently working on. The 2015 Lincoln Continental Concept also features Lincoln Drive Control ride-enhancing technologies and Adaptive Steering. The Drive Control comes with 3 driving modes: normal, sport and comfort. Estimated top speed is about 155 miles per hour.
2015 Lincoln Continental Concept Release Date
Given that this is just a concept that made a world debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show, it won’t be available for sale. However, a production model based on the 2015 Lincoln Continental Concept might be released in the upcoming years, most likely by the end of next year as a 2017 model. As far as the price goes, our guess is that the base version could cost around $60,000 while the higher trim levels and models with additional equipment will be closer to $100,000. Exact details will be known when the new model gets announced.
Enjoy in these photos taken at the Auto Show in New York.