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The 2019 Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition Has Sold Out but It’s Not Over Yet
Lincoln brought back the nostalgia of the 1960s with its Continental Coach Door Edition last year. The automaker plans to produce just 80 examples of the suicide door edition Continental at a premium of $40,000 over the top-of-the-line Continental. Despite the exorbitant price tag, Lincoln sold all the 80 copies within three days of its launch! If you were planning to get one and think you have lost your chance, do not fret. Lincoln will soon be producing more of the Coach Door Editions as a 2020 model.
7 Little-Know Facts About The 2019 Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition
Did you know that the Lincoln Continental Concept from 2002 had suicide doors? Actually, let me be politically correct - it had Coach Doors. Well, the new one’s got them too. Revealed only days ago, the Continental Coach Door Edition celebrates the 80th anniversary since the introduction of the Continental brand within the Ford family of cars.
Although some have already noted that the latest Continental won’t live past 2020 or 2021, Lincoln is adamant in giving its luxurious saloon even more prestige and gist. What a better way of doing that than adding some real substance in the shape of coach doors, more legroom in the back, and a price tag of a proper luxury sedan. Well, in order to achieve new heights with the Continental, Lincoln made a few striking changes. Finally, we have a proper homage to the Lincoln Continental of the Sixties that had rear-hinged rear doors.
I am now presenting a number of facts about the new Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition. They should give you a better picture as to the sheer uniqueness of the latest model.
2019 Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition
Introduced in 2016, the tenth-generation Lincoln Continental marked the iconic nameplate’s return to the market after 14 years. In late 2018, Lincoln added a special-edition model to the lineup. Called the Coach Doors Edition, it features rear-hinged rear doors, just like the fourth-generation model from the 1960s.
Built in limited numbers, the Coach Doors Edition is obviously a tribute to the fourth-gen Continental, the car in which John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. Although the center-opening doors were only offered on this model in the 1960s, they somehow became synonymous with the Continental. So Lincoln went ahead and recreated this unique feature almost 50 years after the original was discontinued. It also celebrates 80 years since the first Continental was introduced back in 1939.
Meet the 2019 Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition, Complete with Suicide Doors
We have been hearing rumors about the suicide doors making a comeback on the Lincoln Continental and, finally, it has been made official. Lincoln announced that suicide doors will be featured on the “Coach Door Edition” on the 2019 Continental. To keep it special, the automaker will limit the 2019 Continental Coach Door Edition to just 80 units for the 2019 model.
Will Lincoln Follow Rolls-Royce’s Example and Feature Suicide Doors on the 2020 Lincoln Continental?
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.
Despite Ford’s Execution of Sedans, Lincoln Says That it Remains Committed
There is a lot of discussion surrounding the extinction of sedans. Ford has already killed them in North America due to dwindling demands, but Lincoln will keep the ’traditional cars’ running. A spokesperson from Ford has said that Lincoln will remain committed to producing sedans. We are not sure what the rationale behind this is, as the response has not been great for the Lincoln sedans; with MKZ sales falling 34.4-percent and the Continental going down by 25.1-percent in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2018 alone.
Lincoln Could Bring Back Rear-Hinged Doors on The Continental, but is it Enough to Fend Off the Cadillac CT6 and Mercedes S-Class?
Lincoln is going back to its roots. The luxury American brand is planning to bring back suicide doors on an upcoming version of the Continental sedan, harkening back to a time — the 60’s — when the unconventional door design was a staple on the iconic nameplate. The automaker didn’t reveal when the suicide doors will return, but it is largely seen as a step in resuscitating some life back to the once proud model.
Lincoln to Kill of the Continental Again and Nobody Really Cares Because it’s Not an SUV
Ford has reportedly spent over $1 billion to bring the Lincoln Continental back to the market, some 14 years after it was originally discontinued. Now, sources “intricately familiar with FMC’s future product plans,” say that the continental will be discontinued once this generation exceeds its lifespan. While those that are fans of the Continental may shutter after reading those words, there’s a good reason – you’re a dying breed. And, so is the large sedan, apparently.
The 10 Most-American cars Built in 2017
Each year, the American University’s Kogod School of Business conducts a survey of the automotive industry. The D.C.-based school maps out the most American-made vehicles, regardless of their brand. Seven key criteria are used in determining the rankings, but it comes down to the percentage of American and Canadian parts used and location of the vehicles’ assembly, research and development, and corporate headquarters.
Though Kogod’s inclusive survey ranks every vehicle sold in the U.S., we’re focusing on the top 10. Much of the list hasn’t changed over 2016, but there are a few additions and missing models. An update in scoring for 2017 allows half-points for automakers (FCA, in particular) that have headquarters in multiple countries. As such, the Jeep Wrangler joins the list, despite the vehicle itself not changing. For a full explanation of the points system, check out Kogod’s website. To skip to the Top 10 most American vehicles, keep reading here on TopSpeed.com
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2017 Lincoln Continental Black Label Edition
There once was a time when owning a Lincoln Continental meant that you belonged in the upper crust of society. It was a status symbol as much as it was a luxury sedan and having one meant that you had a license to roll down your windows to be seen driving one. Those days are long gone, and for a lot of the younger auto enthusiasts, mentioning the name “Lincoln Continental” doesn’t evoke the kind of response the way it used to. Ford, the parent company of Lincoln since 1922, hopes to change all of that when it brought back the Continental in 2016 after spending the last 14 years on the shelf. Now, the Continental is a year into its newest life, and it’s already getting a Black Label special edition.
One iteration of the Continental Black Label Edition is “Rhapsody,” of which its overarching theme is blue. Lots of it. In fact, a large majority of the car’s surface is blue, be it on the exterior or in the interior. And since this is a Continental, Lincoln didn’t just settle for any kind of blue surface, particularly in the cabin where swaths of premium materials are used throughout its whole surface.
According to Marcia Salzberg, Lincoln’s senior designer for color and materials, the decision to go with the specific color went beyond spinning the color wheel and settling for where the arrow ended up pointing at. “
“We had so much inspiration, from all around us,” Salzberg said. “We looked at the color of custom business suits, at nature, how day fades into night, how the sky gets so soft and velvety. We looked at our heritage, at Lincolns of the past – at how blue was such an important, signature color.”
The finished product is, without question, a unique take on the Continental. Other versions of the Black Label Edition are also available, specifically in Chalet and Thoroughbred themes that come with their own unique themes.
It remains to be seen if the Black Label Edition will help the Lincoln Continental regain some of its lost luster. At least the Continental is back, which is more than what it could’ve have said a few years ago when the nameplate was collecting dust.
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2017 Lincoln MKZ
Lincoln has always been Ford’s luxury brand, but when stacked against other luxury brands like Mercedes and Lexus, some feel Lincoln just doesn’t compete. Even with the release of the MK series, Lincoln still couldn’t get the following it really wanted. That said, Lincoln felt it was necessary to redesign it for the 2017 model year with some new features and styling.
Most of the time, a “redesign” in the automotive world isn’t really a redesign as much as it is an adjustment to current looks – but that isn’t exactly the case with the 2017 MKZ. It features a new grille design and some new features, but it looks a lot like the 2013 concept we saw a couple years back.
In a press release announcing the 2017 MKZ, Kumar Galhotra, President of Lincoln, said, “Our customers are looking for three attributes in a luxury midsize sedan – technologies that ease their everyday experience, a beautiful design that is crafted with attention to detail, and a vehicle with impressive power that makes it a pleasure to drive.” He continued, “The new Lincoln MKZ elevates all of these attributes – and many more – to create a compelling entry in this large and highly competitive portion of the luxury market.”
The new MKZ has a lot of available options like adaptive cruise control, a concert-quality audio system, and enhanced park assist, among others. Lincoln customers can even get exclusive in-home design consultation if they option for a Black Label interior package. So, the real question is whether or not the 2017 Lincoln MKZ will live up to the luxury hype and actually be able to fully compete in the luxury segment. We’ll have to see how things go, but for now we’ll take a look at what Lincoln has done to step its game up and better compete in the luxury segment.
Updated 06/02/2016: Lincoln has released prices for the 2017 Lincoln MKZ. Check the "Prices" section below for all the details.
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2017 Lincoln Continental
Lincoln’s iconic flagship sedan, the Continental, made a 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, the production sedan arrived with similar styling cues and more luxury features than ever. The all-new Continental will is produced at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan and goes on sale for the 2017 model year. Find out more about it below.