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Will Lincoln Follow Rolls-Royce's Example and Feature Suicide Doors on the 2020 Lincoln Continental?

Will Lincoln Follow Rolls-Royce’s Example and Feature Suicide Doors on the 2020 Lincoln Continental?

The American luxury brand looks like it wants to bring the past into modern times

Is Lincoln bringing back suicide doors on the Continental? The Ford-owned automaker hasn’t confirmed anything, but it did release an interesting teaser showing a pair of door handles sitting close to one another. The teaser was accompanied by hints that suicide doors, or “center-opening doors,” as Lincoln calls the configuration, could be making a comeback on the brand’s flagship sedan, the Continental. We’ll know more at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show whether Lincoln’s pulling us on a string, or if it’s really bringing back the door setup that carries the name “suicide doors” for a reason.

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2017 Lincoln Continental

2017 Lincoln Continental

Lincoln’s iconic flagship model returns after 14 years

Lincoln’s iconic flagship sedan, the Continental, is set to make to comeback in 2016, 14 years since the premium brand discontinued the nameplate for the third time in its history. The news came as Lincoln unveiled the Continental Concept at the 2015 New York Auto Show and confirmed that the legendary name is about to return on a production car. Less than a year has passed since the concept was unveiled, and the tenth-generation Continental broke cover at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

So let’s give a warm welcome back to the legendary Continental and wish it a long and prosperous fourth stint among luxury limousines.

After months of speculation and renderings based on the concept car, we can finally have a closer look at the vehicle we’ll see in showrooms by the end of the year. Lincoln didn’t say much about its new flagship, but there’s just enough info to figure out what the modern Continental will bring to the market in terms of luxury, technology, and output.

The all-new Continental will be produced at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan and will go on sale this fall as a 2017 model year vehicle. Find out more about it below.

Updated 04/14/2016: Lincoln announced prices for the new 2017 Continental. Check the "Prices" section to see how much it will cost when compared to competitors.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Lincoln Continental.

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2016 Lincoln MKX

2016 Lincoln MKX

Lincoln’s expansion is now in full swing after parent company Ford announced its plan to triple the luxury brand’s sales volume by 2020. That’s the long-term goal. The short-term goal is for Lincoln to continue its full-court press in China, which it hopes will account for the majority of its sales. The arrival of the new MKZ and MKC in China were the first steps. Now comes another step; the launch of the new MKX crossover.

The American brand gave us a glimpse on what the new MKX is going to look like with the debut of the [2014 MKX Concept Crossover at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show and the big question was how much of the production MKX will draw inspiration from the concept version. The answer at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, where Lincoln removed the veil from the 2016 MKX, was that the production crossover mirrors the study in many aspects, which is a good thing considering the nameplate was in dire need of a makeover following the poor sales numbers of 2013 and 2014. Find out what the 2016 MKX is all about in the review below.

Updated 01/13/2015: Lincoln unveiled the all-new 2016 MKX at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and announced sales will begin this fall. Click past the jump for the new details.

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2015 Detroit Auto Show: Worst in Show

2015 Detroit Auto Show: Worst in Show

The 2015 automotive year is off to a great start thanks to the Detroit Auto Show. Hosting no less than 27 production debuts, Detroit showcased some of the most exciting vehicles to hit the market from 2015 through 2017. Ford stole the show with three brand-new performance cars, including the 2017 GT, the 2016 Shelby GT350R, and the 2017 F-150 Raptor, while Acura drew massive crowds to its stand with the 2016 NSX. The truck segment welcomed three more additions in the form of the 2016 Nissan Titan XD, the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel, and the 2016 Toyota Tacoma, while Chevrolet brought an electric lineup consisting of the second-generation 2016 Volt and the 2015 Bolt EV Concept. However, the 2015 Detroit Auto Show wasn’t all about cheers and chants. The Cobo Center floor had its fair share of dullness, and that’s exactly what I’m going to talk about below.

Why? Well, first of all, let’s say that it wouldn’t be fair to highlight only the good stuff. Secondly, the vehicles I’m about to review below reveal new brand strategies as well as existing policies that may or may not be healthy for the manufacturers in question. Keep reading for the worst bits of the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and make sure you share your thoughts about our list in the comments box below.

Click past the jump to learn which cars we find the worst on show this year.

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2016 Lincoln MKX Unveiled in Detroit

2016 Lincoln MKX Unveiled in Detroit

It’s been nearly nine years since Lincoln debuted the MKX nameplate, attributed to a midsize SUV developed to replace the Explorer-based, boxy Aviator model. After receiving a mid-cycle facelift in 2011, which didn’t help Lincoln move significantly more SUVs, the MKX received a thorough makeover for the 2016 model year, the results of which have been showcased at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. As with most newly unveiled Lincolns, the redesigned MKX is represents a significant departure from its predecessor in terms of styling, with the SUV receiving the brand’s new corporate look. Highlighted by the split-wing grille, blade-like headlamps and a more elegant silhouette, the 2016 Lincoln MKX sports well-balanced proportions and an overall premium feel.

The crossover is also sportier than its predecessor, a sign that Lincoln learned a thing or two from its German competitors. The dynamic side of the MKX is most noticeable in its sloping roof, muscular rear fenders, wraparound taillights and revised rear apron, which now incorporates larger, nearly rectangular exhaust outlets. Most of these features come from the 2014 MKX Concept, which now poses as an almost production-ready study.

The interior is Lincoln business as usual, with refined details and soft leathers, as well as updated safety and technology keeping the MKX up to date as a luxury SUV. Acres of high-grade leather cover everything that’s not wood or metal, with optional 22-way power front seats and a premium Revel audio system enhancing its convenience side. A 360-degree camera system, automatic parallel and perpendicular parking, pre-collision assist and cross-traffic alert are among the features drivers will benefit from once in the MKX. The only downside of the 2016 MKX is that Lincoln didn’t bother much while redesigning the interior, with most of the revisions being more of the facelift variety.

Under the hood, the MKX can be equipped with a choice of two engines and either two- or all-wheel-drive. Engine options include the familiar 3.7-liter V-6 rated at more than 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque and a 2.7-liter, EcoBoost V-6 that promises to crank out at least 330 ponies and 370 pound-feet. Both mills mate to a six-speed automatic transmission. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for a full review of the 2016 MKX.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Lincoln MKX.

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2014 Lincoln MKC

2014 Lincoln MKC

The Lincoln MKC is a compact crossover that was launched at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto show and went on sale in June of 2014. Considering Lincoln is essentially Ford’s premium brand, it should be no surprise that the MKC shares a platform with the Ford Escape and features styling cues that were derived from the second-gen Lincoln MKZ sedan. On the outside, it has powerful body lines that give it a sporty and elegant look, full-width taillights, signature split-wing grille, and a fixed panoramic roof that runs the entire length of the vehicle. Inside, you’ll find comfortable leather, a simple center stack, architectural center console, and lots of chrome trim outlining elements of the dash, door panels, and seats. At the time of its debut, the MKC offered a 2.0-liter, Ecoboost, Four-cylinder with 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque as standard equipment, with a 2.3-liter with 285 horsepower and 205 pound-feet available as an option.

As Lincoln’s newest entry-level crossover, the MKC is a pretty strong proposition to compete against models like the Buick Encore and the BMW X1. It’s sleek, stylish and it had the latest Lincoln design language at the time. Despite being nothing more than a Ford Escape with a different face, the MKC performed relatively well for what it is, selling 13,077 models between the time it launched and the end of 2014. With that said, click past the jump to learn more about the 2014 Lincoln MKC.

Updated 01/13/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs. Hit the jump to read more about the new Lincoln MKC Concept.

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2013 Lincoln MKZ Concept

2013 Lincoln MKZ Concept

In the middle of all the presentations of the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show was the unveiling of the 2013 MKT and the 2013 MKS, but Lincoln had another ace in the hole. Apparently, Ford’s luxury brand also revealed a teaser image of a car that looks like the next MKZ. It is believed that we will see the new MKZ in January 2012 at the Detroit Auto Show.

Fast forward to today and the Lincoln MKZ Concept has finally been unveiled in all its glory.

The Lincoln MKZ Concept is a take on the company’s design language that will be featured in a number of their future models. Taken as a concept, the MKZ comes with a variety of new features that will look sweet when translated to a production version. The automaker has penciled a production date for later this year so we won’t have to wait long to see what the production MKZ is made of.

More details on the Lincoln MKZ Concept after the jump.

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2011 Lincoln MKX

2011 Lincoln MKX

The blue oval’s luxury branch Lincoln has just rolled out an all new completely restyled MKX for 2011 with a whole new look that follows Lincoln’s modern design language as well as a few new technologies, including the industry first MyLincoln Touch experience, complete with AUDI MMI style interface and the coolest looking center stack controls that you will ever see in your entire life, lighting up as your finger moves across them. Starting with the exterior, the MKX wears the brand’s signature split wing grill as well as a set of backwards reflecting LED tail lamps that hide the light source while allowing the intensity to shine through and a pair of over size four inch oval exhaust tips to go with the new rolling stock ranging from 18 to 20 inches in diameter.

The interior of the all new MKX is all about luxury, craftsmanship made up of genuine materials and sharper execution then the competition. The 2011 MKX will be the first vehicle to use the MyLincoln Touch driver interface. This system replaces traditional buttons, knobs and gauges with clear, crisp LCD displays and the familiar five way directional pad buttons that the Nintendo generation has forced upon society. The screens are personalized to display information relevant the driver at the given moment and are easily changed with their color coded corner and then accessed by the click of a button, voice command or even a touch on the screen.

Under the hood Lincoln powers the all new MKX with a 3.7 Liter Duratec V6 with Ti-VCT to deliver a total of 305 HP and 280 lb-ft of torque, that is a 15% more power and a 12% increase in twist over the previous generation luxury crossover. The more powerful six cylinder is mated to a six speed SelectShift Automatic transmission and will be available for consumers when the Lincoln MKX goes on sale later this summer.

UPDATE 07/15/2010: Ford has just released an online configurator for the 2011 Lincoln MKX. Be sure to check it out!

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Lincoln MKT

2010 Lincoln MKT

The 2010 Lincoln MKT made its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This will be the sixth model in Lincoln’s lineup, and slot between the MKX and the Navigator.

The Ford Flex cousin will be offered with a choice of two engines: a 3.7-liter V6 that delivers 268 hp at 6,500 RPM and 267 ft.-lb. of torque at 4,250 RPM; and a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 that delivers 355 hp at 5,700 RPM and 350 ft.-lb. of torque at 3,500 RPM. The upgraded EcoBoost engine should provide similar fuel economy as the standard (non-turbo) 3.7-liter engine. Both engines are mated to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. The 3.5 liter version is being offered standard with AWD system, while for the 3.7 version the AWD is optional.

The MKT uses a lot of design touches that have become known throughout the Lincoln family such as the split waterfall grille, single piece rear light, and large greenhouse area. Much of the curves in the design look like they came from the same pen that gave us the surprisingly handsome MKS we had in our fleet.

UPDATE 01/18/2009: Lincoln has just announced prices for the 2010 Lincoln MKT. Sales will begin this summer at a price of $44,995 for the front-wheel drive model and $49,995 for the all-wheel drive version.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Lincoln C concept

2009 Lincoln C concept

Looks like Lincoln sees its future in the crossover segment. After showing the production version of the 2010 MKT at the Detroit Auto Show, it showed off the little C concept.

This is a departure for Lincoln who’s line up has traditionally been larger cars. The crossover takes Lincoln’s hallmark styling cues such as the rounded nose with waterfall grille. In fact, this is almost like an MKT that got its rear end chopped off. The whole design of the car is rumored to fit over the European Focus’ global C1 platform.

Under the hood Lincoln placed the new 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine that delivers 180 hp and 180 ft.-lbs. of torque. Fuel economy is rated at 43 mpg on the highway.

The name of this car may not be very clever, but it could be very telltale. The concept is named after C-sized car segment which is refers to compact cars. This designation is used more as an industry inside term in the U.S., and is more known in Europe. Could this car (that rides on a global platform) be a vehicle Ford is looking at more for Europe than the home market?

Press release after the jump.

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Production version MKT to be revealed at 2009 Detroit Show

Production version MKT to be revealed at 2009 Detroit Show

Ford will unveil at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show the production version of the Lincoln MKT Concept unveiled this January at the same show. As previously reported, the production version will wear Ford’s logo.

The production version MKT will have the 1941 Continental-style bow-wave grille first seen on the MKS and destined to become a Lincoln signature face, a chamfered surface parallel to the beltline and a thick C-pillar, with very little other than overall dimensions to hint at its connection with the Flex. It will come in six- or seven-passenger versions.

In November at the Los Angeles auto show we’ll also see a refreshed MKZ.

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2008 Lincoln MKT

2008 Lincoln MKT

Lincoln today pulls the wraps off a new premium utility concept vehicle – unsurpassed in its balance of spaciousness, comfort and fuel efficiency – that shows customers a new way to tour in style.

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Lincoln MKT to be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show

Lincoln MKT to be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show

According to Los Angeles Times, Lincoln will unveil the 2009 MKT at the Detroit Auto Show. The MKT is Lincoln’s version of the seven-passenger 2009 Ford Flex that debuted at the 2007 New York Auto Show.

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Automakers to showcase crossovers at Detroit

Automakers to showcase crossovers at Detroit

Ford is playing to win in the crossover segment, and the prize is dominance in a market projected to top 3 million sales by 2010. Competition is fierce, with Ford and its rivals displaying an array of crossover products at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).
Ford’s most recent crossovers, the Edge and the Lincoln MKX are being prominently displayed in Detroit and have arrived to predominantly good reviews and customer response. The new crossovers join Ford’s ahead-of-its-time (...)

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2007 Lincoln MKR

2007 Lincoln MKR

Lincoln is pulling the wraps off a head-turning new concept car at the North American International Auto Show next week, signaling its design strategy for the next-generation of premium American vehicles and launching a new engine family.

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Lincoln MKR Concept

Lincoln MKR Concept

And another one!Another concept for Detroid Show Concept, but this time not a British car but a American one.Another four door-coupe for the American Motor Show named MKR by Linclon.The car is based on stretched version of the Mustang platform but the solid rear axle was replaced by a multilink independent rear suspension.

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Rear-drive Lincoln concept to debut in Detroit

Rear-drive Lincoln concept to debut in Detroit

next month in Detroit , Ford will present a rear-drive Lincoln concept car. It will be based on the same rear-drive chassis and engineering architecture it is planning for a future design of Ford Australia’s popular Falcon model.
The rear-drive concept will include several design cues that design chief Peter Horbury wants to incorporate into a future flagship Lincoln, whether he wins the rear-drive battle or not.
"If Ford is serious about saving and reviving Lincoln, then rear-drive design (...)

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2006 Lincoln MKS

2006 Lincoln MKS

The Lincoln MKS strongly hints at the design direction for Lincoln and its upcoming new flagship sedan. Lincoln MKS’ expressive design is defined by sculpted fluid surfacing that conveys an athletic nature and performance.

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2006 Lincoln MKX

2006 Lincoln MKX

Lincoln MKX is a five-passenger CUV powered by a fuel-efficient 3.5-liter engine with a class-leading 6-speed transmission and fully independent suspension. On sale in late 2006, the new Lincoln MKX builds on the success of the Lincoln Zephyr in appealing to a new generation of luxury buyers and defining a modern vision for Lincoln. 0Modern Lincoln Design0
Lincoln MKX’s confident exterior and luxurious, quiet interior signal Lincoln’s modern design vision.
The high beltline is defined by a (...)

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