The 2017 Lincoln Continental Will Be Made In Michigan

Hard to believe for a brand so steeped in American car culture, but there isn’t a single Lincoln built in Michigan now. That is, until next year when the 2017 Lincoln Continental goes into production.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Ford will build their new luxury sedan in Flat Rock, Michigan, the plant that also currently builds the Ford Fusion and Mustang, the company’s global manufacturing leader said Wednesday. 

As recently as 2006, every Lincoln was built in Michigan, mostly at the now-gone Wixom Assembly plant. Currently, the Fusion-based Lincoln MKZ is built in Mexico. The MKT and MKX crossovers are assembled in Canada. And the MKC and Navigator SUV are built in Louisville, Kentucky.

The 2017 Continental was previewed by the Continental Concept shown in April at the New York Auto Show, showing off a whole new design strategy and reviving a widely known name last seen in 2002. It will use what’s essentially a stretched Fusion platform shared with the Chinese-market 2016 Ford Taurus.

Also aimed at the Chinese market, the Continental is expected to highlight a spacious rear seat with a long list of luxuries, possibly including the concept‘s 30-way power front seats – but hopefully not the chrome-covered console. A new 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 could be mated to standard all-wheel drive here.

Expect to see the 2017 Continental in spring 2016.

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  • Six_Tymes

    im buying one for sure.

    • N0BBY

      Why would you want to own yet another cheaply built, poorly engineered American vehicle when you could delight in a superbly crafted German car for the same money? I’ve had them all – Chryslers, Fords, Chevys…and not one of them has ever come close to a BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, or Lexus in terms of engineering, quality of construction, reliability, and sheer class.

      • Justin Spencer

        I agree! Who wants to spend all this money on a Lincoln?!?!?

        • Status

          The Lincoln’s strongest card; knowing that they won’t ever be able to command Mercedes prices or clout.

          Get people in power and positions of influence to choose to drive a Lincoln. They won’t unless paid to do so. No Lincoln, not even this Continental, will make their way into the hands of the powerful. An Alabama carpet store owner perhaps, but no head of state or tech developer.

          Ford know that they can’t let this new Continental drift higher than $50K. Lincoln’s consumer base can’t afford it. No Continental ever commanded that much, and there are much better cars to be had at the price point that don’t need to lean on crutch from the 1960’s.

          • Jake

            I believe The President of the USA John Kennedy was assasinated in a Lincoln, he was the most powerful man in the world at the time.

      • Sk0ly

        You are joking right? Do you know what the cost of ownership is on one of those? It is staggering what repairs cost on German cars. I agree that they are more lustworthy but if Lincoln FINALLY steps up their game this could be a nice car.

        I will admit though, I am very disappointed that this is on the Taurus platform. I was hoping for a proper rear drive flagship to make Lincoln relevant again. Especially when they are bringing back the Continental name.

    • (((@))) JOY

      UGLY FUSION ??? LOSER RIDE !!!

    • (((@))) JOY

      TOO UGLY TO BE A CAMRY .. BUT GOOD CAR FOR ONES WHOM CAN’T AFFORD A REAL CAR ,,, ARRRRRR

  • I’M PRETTY SURE THE “CHINESE MARKET” WON’T CARE THAT IT’S BUILT IN DETROIT.

    • SP1966

      Given their Continental’s will be built in China I’m sure you’re correct.

  • jimmyblair

    It would be great if they were to actually design and build the car with suicide doors, like the models up until 1969.

  • MultiKdizzle

    People were falling over themselves to praise the design when the concept debuted.

    I don’t get the appeal. It isn’t particularly well-resolved.

    • N0BBY

      Agreed, it’s as bland and uninspiring as a loaf of cheap white bread.

    • SP1966

      There’s nothing particularly exciting about an Audi, Bentley, or a Rolls for that matter. But there can be great elegance in a well designed, yet reserved/conservative design. To my eyes the Continental concept nails reserved elegance, the big question now is if it’ll translate to production.

  • TheBelltower

    Even though I like the concept, a lot, they can do so much better and make it even more spectacular than everyone expects. Suicide doors and better looking wheels would help.

    • emjayay

      Concept cars these days always have stupid flashy wheels with rubber band tires.
      I’ve probably mentioned it before, but the return of suicide doors on the ’61 were not just cool but necessary for getting in and out of the back seat without crawling. Sitting in the back seat of particularly the ’61 to ’63, if you look to the side you are looking at the roof, not out the window. They wanted to do a four door sedan version of the look of the Mark II.

  • Bad taste from the 70’s meets Korean vision of Luxury with 60’s name forgotten that is now an English Name somehow it kina works. Seriously the front isn’t very nice and I hope the interior won’t be a joke of 60/70’s deco made with Ford parts.

  • MarketAndChurch

    If it isn’t S-class/A8/7-series material, and continues to be a Buick Lacrosse / Cadillac XTS competitor, it just isn’t worth wasting the Continental name on that. Accompanied by an all-new Navigator in 2016, and either a 3-series or Mustang-based competitor beyond 2018, the Lincoln stable in 2020 will be as solid as it has ever been in the past 20 years. Shame they had to let Jaguar/Land Rover and Volvo go, the part sharing with those other companies could have really accelerated the development of all of them by many years.

  • Bo Hanan

    The car is over styled in a high school art project kind of way. I fear it will be the mess that the MKz & MKs are. Sometimes subtlety is a good thing. Think Mercedes-Benz current S-Class.

  • XtremWize

    It looks like a cheap Chinese copy of a Bentley Continental Flying Spur.

  • BlackPegasus

    Considering the concept is hardly inspiring, the production model will be even more toned down. And from the looks of it, a Kia K900 or Hyundai Equus will have more road presence simply because of size.

  • Justin Spencer

    The last Continental was more like a geriatric cruiser than it was a luxury sedan. If Ford wants to position Lincoln as a luxury brand then they have to come out with luxury-worthy products! So far, they’ve dressed up the Fusion and the Escape “luxuriously” to make the MKZ and MKC….that’s not going to deter anyone from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi showrooms.

  • Eunos

    I really like the design, too bad that it will be the another cheaply built american banger.

  • JOY

    FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

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