The Continental was again updated in 1998 with a new exterior. 1999 saw side airbags and more power. Faced with falling sales, the Continental was killed off after the 2002 model year, because of decreasing sales and lack of unique attributes within the line-up.
It was largely replaced in the Lincoln lineup by the Lincoln LS, even though the Continental was front wheel drive as opposed to the rear wheel drive layout on the Lincoln LS. Buyers looking for a full-sized luxury sedan tended to purchase the larger rear wheel drive Town Car, while those looking for a sport-sedan purchased the new LS.
All Continentals were assembled in Lincoln’s plant in Wixom, Michigan. The last Lincoln Continental rolled off the assembly line on July 26, 2002.