• 10 Reasons Why The Lincoln Continental Shouldn’t Have Been Discontinued

Here are 10 cool facts that prove the tenth generation Lincoln Continental deserved to live on

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The Lincoln Continental is undoubtedly one of the most successful American luxury cars in history. With a production run that spans over 55 years across nine different decades, Lincoln has produced ten generations of the Continental. Let’s take a look at 10 reasons that prove its excellence and why we think it deserved to live on as Lincoln’s and America’s flagship luxury limo.

Ecoboost Thrust

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When it came to choosing the right engine for its flagship limo, Lincoln left no stone unturned and gave the 10th-generation Lincoln Continental a total of three engine options. With a choice of three V-6 engines on offer, the entry-level car came with a 3.7-liter V-6 producing 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, with the option of AWD across the lineup. The twin-turbo 2.7-liter Ecoboost V-6 took things up a notch with 335 horsepower and is available as an option across the Continental lineup. The range-topping 3.0-liter Ecoboost V-6 was the one to have with 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. All engines came with a six-speed transmission and are quick enough to get this two-ton Lincoln limo to 60 mph in just 5.4-seconds but it was mostly used for delivering a smooth and quiet ride.

As Long As They Come

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The tenth-gen Lincoln Continental is based on Ford’s CD4 platform which it shares with the Ford Taurus full-size sedan. Calling the Continental long is an understatement with the regular car measuring in at just over 5.1 meters while the extended Coach Door edition takes the length up to 5.26 meters. All of the additional length goes into the stretched wheelbase which in turn opens up even more space for the rear passengers. The cargo volume in the Continental measures 16.7 cubic feet, with standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats expanding capacity further.

All-Glass Sunroof

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It is common to find luxury sedans and limos with one or even two sunroofs as these glass panels help bring in a lot of natural light and ultimately create an airy atmosphere inside the cabin. The Lincoln Continental takes things up a notch by offering an all-glass panoramic sunroof which is vast but what’s even more impressive is Lincoln’s decision to go for a fully functional sunroof that opens instead of going for a static pane of glass which is not only difficult to execute.

Inspired by the Mk.V

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The design of the tenth-generation Lincoln Continental is heavily inspired by the sleek and straight 1965 Lincoln Continental also known as the Mk.V. In production since 1961, the Mk.V Lincoln Continental was available in both four-door sedan and convertible body forms and it featured the distinctive suicide doors which inspired the Continental Coach Door edition from 2019. Fun fact: the Mk.V Lincoln Continental is the only production to feature a four-door convertible body style.

Class-leading Warranty

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Lincoln offered a comprehensive New Vehicle Limited warranty with Continental which is one of the best in the industry. Most cars in this segment stick with a 3-year/36,000-mile coverage but the Continental comes with a fairly comprehensive 6 years/70,000-mile powertrain warranty straight from the factory. Along with the comprehensive warranty, you also get other additional perks which include:

  • Roadside Assistance
  • Limited coverage for wiper blades
  • Wheel alignments and brake pad replacements within the first twelve months

Over-engineered Doors

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The tenth-generation Lincoln Continental models all came with very distinctive door handles that are integrated into the chrome window trim. What makes these doors special is the fact that they use an electric door release in place of a traditional mechanical one, as a result even the inside has a button instead of a traditional door release. These electric doors also bring in additional features starting with a soft close and even a touch-based interface that allows you to lock your vehicle by simply touching the illuminated lock logo.

Sensible Seats

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To qualify as a luxury car, every automaker needs to get the basics right starting with the seats which play a major role in determining the overall comfort levels in a car’s cabin seats are also some of the most overlooked areas of modern vehicles not if you buy a Lincoln. All Continental models offer perfect position seats that feature 30-way adjustment to help you dial in the perfect position and also future massage function, in addition to the standard feature set like seat heating and cooling.

Upscale Styling

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Ford took a very safe and no-nonsense approach to the Continental’s styling, which is why it features a sleek and minimalist line and the attention to detail is pretty impressive by Lincoln standard. The headlamps are very distinctive and they feature five separate LED elements which are mimicked even on the front fog lamps. The rear end looks very modern and old school at the same time with its rear lightbar element adding some presence to this massive land yacht that measures over five meters in length.

Coach Door Edition

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The Lincoln Continental Coach Door edition was made to celebrate 80 years of the Continental nameplate and it’s heavily inspired by the 60s Continental which also featured suicide doors. The Coach Door edition was first unveiled in 2019 as a limited run model with just 80 units all of which were sold in 48 hours following which Lincoln made a second batch in 2020. When new, the Continental Coach Door carried a starting price of $110,000 which made it one of the most exclusive modern American Limos. In addition to the suicide doors, the Coach Door featured two individual "perfect position" seats at the back with a fixed center console and offered three interior themes to choose from. Powering this range-topping iteration of the Continental was the range-topping 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 with 400 horsepower, which combined with the car’s air ride suspension, delivers a quaint and surreal experience.

Black Label = Luxury

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The Black Label trim was the range-topping trim on offer (except the limited run Coach Door edition) which came with a $71,200 price tag. For that price, it got a whole host of upgrades which include things like the perfect position seats, the optional $4300 rear seat package which adds seat heating and ventilation at the back, and with every Black Label, Lincoln gives you additional perks like one free dinner for two at a fancy restaurant a pick-up/delivery services within 30 miles of a dealership for warranty and maintenance services and other privileges

2020 Lincoln Continental Black Badge Specifications:

Engine 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6
Horsepower 400 horsepower
Torque 400 pound-feet
Drive AWD
Transmission Six-speed auto
0-60 mph 5.4 seconds
Top Speed 143 mph

FAQs:

Is the Lincoln Continental discontinued?

Yes, Lincoln discontinued its flagship limo, the 10th generation Continental in 2020.

Is Lincoln Continental a good car?

Yes, The Lincoln Continental was one of the best American luxury cars in the market which sold for 10 generations.

How much does a Lincoln Continental cost?

The 2020 Lincoln Continental carried a starting price of $47,300 while the range-topping Continental Black Label was priced at $71,200.

Is Lincoln Continental a luxury car?

Yes, the Lincoln Continental is a full-size luxury car made by Ford’s luxury division Lincoln until 2020.

How much should I pay for a 2020 Lincoln Continental?
You can find well-maintained examples of the 10th generation Lincoln Continental from as low as $35,000, all the way up to $65,000 for higher trim levels.

Bhavik Sreenath
Bhavik Sreenath
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