Lincoln’s Putting Suicide Doors Back On The Continental

Lincoln revived a legend when it reintroduced the Continental after a fifteen-year absence. One thing it didn’t bring back in the process were the famous “suicide” rear doors. But according to the latest, that’s precisely what it has in store.

Automotive News reports from the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) convention in Las Vegas this weekend that the automaker revealed to dealers plans to add the feature to “a future version of the Continental sedan.” Though details and timing were not disclosed, and the manufacturer would not comment on the story, multiple dealers leaving the meeting between the automaker and its dealers council confirmed the news.

The rear-hinged rear portals were a signature trait on the fourth-generation Continental from the 1960s. That’s the car immortalized by the Entourage opening and the Kennedy assassination, and is arguably the most iconic of the ten iterations of the Continental that Lincoln’s made to date. It’s also a feature embraced by Rolls-Royce, which calls them “coach” doors.

Lincoln toyed with the idea of bringing them back when it revealed an earlier Continental concept in 2002. That was right around the time that the ninth-generation model was canceled and replaced with the MKS. But that show car never saw production, and the concept that followed in 2015 did without the feature.

What’s unclear from these reports is whether the doors will be applied to the current model, an otherwise updated version thereof, or an entirely new one. The current Continental only went on sale about a year and a half ago.

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  • LWOAP

    So they’ll add it to a future version of the Continental sedan. So does that confirm that the Continental will not be killed off as some rumors have suggested?

    • Jay

      I hope it wont be killed off either.

    • Bo Hanan

      They should now raise it 1 foot and add AWD.

  • Kate E

    Fake news, there is no next generation Continental.

    • Dr Strangefingger

      FAKE News for sure… but which is the FAKE story? I’m so confused.

  • Luc Helterbrand

    they need to adjust the proportions…make it a longer more elegant slimmer profile…more in keeping with the 60’s designs to which they are harking back. More like the largest cadillac.

    • DR.FUNK

      THIS^^^
      Oh…and feel free to offer a convertible top while they’re at it.

  • Haruki Chou

    What is a suicide door?

    • LeStori

      I assume you are have are making a joke? However, when cars were of more flimsy construction, and door locks were not designed to have a secondary lock mechanism, the body flex allowed doors to open as you drove along the road . This type of door was particulary prone to dumping the passengers on the road at speed. Self opening doors when you did not want them.

      • Based by the name he could be a foreigner who did not understand the terms, Kudos for you for explaining it mate.

      • Haruki Chou

        Thank You. (Never saw a door like that)

    • thunder bolt

      It means to kill off the Continental.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Maybe they’re planning on taking the Continental upmarket.

    • DR.FUNK

      Whoever designed the new Navigator interior…let them loose on the Continental.

    • Strat playr

      Just what this world needs… more cars that the average person with a good job can’t afford…

  • Nordschleife

    I am sure it will have a B-Pillar like the Rolls does but I think this is a great way to differentiate themselves from the group. Hell the current Continental would’ve look good with them. I like it.

  • THAT WOULD BE GREAT IF USED ON A BETTER DESIGNED CAR AND DONE RIGHT. PERHAPS THE REPORT ABOUT DEMISE OF THE MODEL WAS PREMATURE.

  • Hot Twink

    So… they’re not cancelling the Continental? I guess time will tell.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Compared to the original, the current one is a Chinese Taurus which is essentially a Fusion.

  • Autoexperte

    Why are there such adventurous stories about the future of the Lincoln Continental?

    • Maybe American automakers understand hype like Japanese automakers did with Supra and NSX 😛

  • Bash

    I don’t think they got the balls for it.. lets wait and see.

  • Harry Nimmergut

    Oh for crying out loud. One day Ford kills off all sedans and the next it’s planning on a fancy-schmancy new one. The current Connie is based on the Fusion. So, what? A new Fusion? Fake and lame.

    • john1168

      I can’t keep up with all this crap either:)

  • James Denz

    Cadillac announced that it’s building the Escala. Maybe Lincoln changed its mind about dumping the Continental and maybe pushing it upscale to compete with Cadillac.

    • john1168

      Could be… Stay tuned…

  • john1168

    ssoooo…. The Continental is back on then??? Suicide doors now huh??? Hey Lincoln, I seriously hope you’re not just putting suicide doors on the current Continental… Sedan sales are DOWN big time… With all manufacturers… You need to bring your A game and build something truly special…. Seriously! Or just give up on sedans all together and just build SUV’s like we all think you’re gonna… Personally I like the current Continental but it doesn’t have much presence. Lincoln… Go big or go home…

  • DR.FUNK

    As ugly and wannabe and insulting as this current Continental is to the dream machines of the 50’s and 60’s…surely they can find a designer who understands and can interpret what the car should be. It should be long and wide and low…with an opulent interior…room for six corn-fed Americans…and a convertible top.Make it a modern land yacht…with retro design cues that pay respect to that 50s / 60s era. No complaints if you make it full electric.

  • Craig

    I’ll believe it when I see it. Still…. stretch that ‘Continental’ by a half a foot – put on suicide doors – and call it the ‘Town Car’ and Lincoln just might have a winner on their hand. No guts. No glory. Cadillac isn’t holding back. Lincoln has to do something unique.

  • lagunas3ca

    That ’02 concept with the V12 tho.

  • BlackPegasus

    They should go totally audacious in the design department and set themselves apart from other derivative cars on the road. Give it a hard redesign while retaining its current form and appeal, and add the suicide doors. DO NOT make it an OPTION on some $100,000 Black Label version no one will buy. Make it standard equipment and raise the price just slightly to take it up market.

    Lincoln, you have your orders. Make it happen!

  • Bob White

    BS internet. This car is dead.

  • Jim Curtis

    Tell Ford what you want…Suicide doors on an all-electric 6″ taller MkE. Guess what the E stands for…

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