China, This Is Your 2017 Lincoln Continental Presidential

Lincoln is bringing its new 2017 Continental to China, with the flagship saloon’s premiere to take place at the Beijing Auto Show on April 25.

China’s Autohome got its lens on an uncovered example of the Continental being prepped for the show, with the pictures revealing no notable changes over the North American car revealed in Detroit earlier this year, other than the clear turning lenses on the headlamps and the ‘Presidential’ moniker at the back.

Speaking of which, the Presidential badge likely signifies the trim (possibly, China’s equivalent of America’s ‘Black Label’) and/or powertrain choice, which in the pictured car, was the 400-horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine paired to standard all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission.

Further details on the lineup and availability for the Chinese market should be released later in the month.

In North America, we learned that the new Continental will launch later this year with three powertrains starting with the $45,485 (includes a $925 destination and handling fee) base 300hp 3.7-liter V6 FWD model, climbing to $50,690 for the 2.7-liter turbo’d EcoBoost V6 and around $60,000 for the 400hp 3.0L twin-turbo V6 AWD model.

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  • PlonPlon

    Thank you AUDI!!!

  • Zandit75

    Are Ford looking to bring back white wall tyres?!! Not a fan of the front seats, they look like an old recliner that is no longer comfortable.

    • Kash

      Yeah that’s just the wrapping they put on the tires.

      • Zandit75

        We really need a sarcasm tag on this site! -_-

        • Kash

          that’s very true…

  • matrem

    That’s the opposite color scheme that one should have for the interior. A black or dark dash will ensure there won’t be too much dash reflection in the windshield.

  • Kash

    Well the black interior looks better than the cheap blue one did so it has that, but those seats backs still look like plastic, cheap, textured plastic at that.

  • TheBelltower

    The seats look like vinyl in the pictures because the camera flash makes them look shiny. In reality, they are matte. This is why retouching is so wonderful! Hopefully we can blame the exterior shots on bad photography. Black doesn’t look great on this car.

  • BlackPegasus

    The taillight assembly looks very derivative and lacks anything resembling “luxury.” It needs more Lincoln and less Ford. And that’s just one of my complaints with this car.

    #MissedOpportunities 🙄

    • SteersUright

      Couldnt agree more. Beautiful exterior lighting sets premium cars apart and the rear lights are such a massive missed opportunity for this car to truly shine. And this car needs a touch of Lexus/Audi/MB finishing school with regards to fit and finish. The wood on the interior looks straight out of a Ford, nothing like the matte and other cool premium finishes offered by competitors. Overall, great job, but seems a touch incomplete to truly compete well in the segment. I predict fat rebates and cheap leases to hit the sales volume they’re hoping for.

  • Dan Facciolo

    China, this is your 2017 S-Class knock off…

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