New Lincoln Coach Door Continental Leaked?

A low-quality image of Lincoln’s upcoming Continental Coach Door has found its way online, giving us a first look at the company’s return to the suicide-door setup.

The blurry photo appeared on social media, showing the new variant of the Lincoln Continental on a stage, with the display behind it saying “Lincoln Coach Door Continental”. If we had to guess, we’d say that the image comes from a dealer convention in Las Vegas, where Lincoln reportedly revealed the car to dealers.

Only yesterday the company released a close-up of the center-opening doors of the ‘60s Continental on its social media channels, teasing the return of the stylish door setup.

The new Coach Door version of the Continental could feature a longer wheelbase and an even more upmarket character than the model it’s based on. As expected with almost any modern interpretation of the specific door setup, the central pillar of the Continental’s body remains in its position for safety reasons.

Given the recent teaser (and this leak), expect Lincoln to make an official announcement in the coming weeks, if not days.

Lincoln has been playing with different door setups for many years with its concepts but it looks that now is the time for the world to get a Continental with rear-hinged doors once again.

 

  • Christian

    meh… next news

  • MarketAndChurch

    Very underwelming. This should have been reserved for a flagship Continental concept.

  • Mr. EP9

    Maybe an elongated version with reclining rear seats? Although, I figure that might do better in China or Korea than in the states.

  • EyalN

    coooool

  • Brian Regan

    Didn’t Ford have a model sold in Europe with suicide doors where the b-pillar was worked into the door design? That way when the doors were open it was fully pass through but still safe when closed? Maybe they can work that in for the Continental’s full redesign.

    Either way this pleases me.

  • PhilMcGraw

    As long as they redo the center-stack more in line with the new Navigator and Aviator (instead of the cheap looking Ford center stack look they have now) and give it a newer 8 or 10 speed automatic instead of the 6 speed. Those were the two major problems with the current Continental (besides also being FWD based instead of RWD).

    • Hot Twink

      Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission is for longitudinally mounted engines only.

      Since the Continental has a transversely mounted engine setup, it would receive the 8-speed automatic transaxle (transmission and front axle combined unit).

  • Brian Regan

    I like it. I imagine they’ll wait for the next full redesign to remove the b-pillar/work it into the door design.

    It’d be neat if they worked “coach doors” into the next MKZ/Zephyr as well. Make them a shared brand trait for the sedans.

    • Mike anonymous

      I know they will be in the next Continental (which will be a complete redesign) a few years from now. But I’m not sure if they’d make it into the MKZ replacement (which will be called) the Zephyr.

      BUT, I agree. It’s certainly a really cool idea and would make all of their sedans stand out.

      • Nordschleife

        Well are you sure it will be called the Zephyr. You said they wouldn’t make a replacement for the Continental if I remember correctly.

        • Brian Regan

          I hope it’s called Zephyr. The MKZ was the Zephyr when it originally launched in ‘06. It may not have as much cache as Continental but it’s a good name.

          • Nordschleife

            I personally diagree. I am all for physical names but you’re supposed to be creating new modern classic so plucking a frankly ugly/old name just because it was on the prior model for one year and a little history isn’t a good look to me. Plus it doesn’t go with their aeronautical naming scheme other than it being wind. I just think it’s not a great name.

        • Mike anonymous

          I don’t know if they will make a replacement for the current generation (E-Class rivaling) Continental. This generation/version will be discontinued. But a new Continental will be introduced that will be moving/moved up-market to compete with the likes of the S-Class.

          Also as for Zephyr (anything is possible so it may change) but that’s likely what they are going to name it, as the MKZ was originally called the Zephyr before the moved it to the alphanumeric naming style (it’s also what the ‘Z’ in MKZ stands for). As far as I know that’s likely what they will call it last I heard.

    • Nordschleife

      I don’t think they’d make it B-pillarless. Even the Phantom is not B-pillarless so I seriously doubt they will be that way on a Lincoln. Side impact requirements will make that all but impossible.

      • Brian Regan

        The only reason I think it’s a possibility is because the Ford b-max in Europe is b pillar-less. Ford incorporated the b-pillar into the door so that, when closed, all the side impact rigidity was there but when the doors are open it was completely open.
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/44f0115e983672f1084bb12dc94c42132cd2ed8bd87297b966189f72961a53a7.jpg

        • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

          The B-Max was a massive flop for the blue oval when others were and still are churning out small cars in the millions. They produced just 280,000 over five years before scrapping the car altogether. I’m sure people were put off buying these because they weren’t convinced by Ford’s expensive engineering work on the “side impact rigidity” despite the crash test results.

          • Brian Regan

            True, the B-Max wasn’t a success, but it did manage to still receive a 5-star crash test rating without a b-pillar (the EuroNCAP website says the B-Max received 15 pts. for lateral impacts but I’m not sure what the total possible is). All I’m saying is that if they could successfully do it with the B-Max they could do it with the next gen. Continental. Will they? Who knows? It’s certainly not outside the realm of possibility.

        • Nordschleife

          Understandable but I still feel that it won’t be B-pillarless. The cost involved in strengthening the side sills to make that on what is frankly a segment that is losing vehicles left and right wouldn’t be cost competing and who else would they share that with? It’s not going to be a hallmark Lincoln trait so where would the cost benefit be placed at?

          • Mike anonymous

            I agree @craigdoss:disqus, even with the millions if not billions Ford is putting into Lincoln. (I won’t rule it out completely), But the cost (& even the (financial) risk factor) may far out-weight the benefit of doing this.

            It’s not a bad idea (it’s a very cool one at that), but it’s likelihood isn’t so strong financially.

  • Bash

    That’s cool indeed right there!

  • DetrinKD

    And THIS is why the door handles are designed the way they are. Good thinking ahead Lincoln/Ford.

  • Richard Alexander

    Gangster whitewalls. TV antenna in the back….

  • Bo Hanan

    My Toyota FJ Cruiser already does this- what else?…..

    • LJ

      Yeah, but the Continental doesn’t let everyone know you have a small penis while doing it.

      • Mike anonymous

        lol woah, chill out LJ. (this really made me almost die of laughter).

        Quick Story: I remember I used to think the FJ Cruiser was the coolest thing on the road (around 2008-2011). I always wanted to get into one and my family decided to rent one,.. low-and-behold this thing was SMALL on the inside,. and I mean small. I was personally expecting a lot more room internally but it’s a lit smaller than it let on to be. But yeah that’s my quick story.

        • LJ

          I was just being a smart ass 😉

  • ErnieB

    Who keeps going to these ford events and taking these crappy pics and leaking them!! You’d think with how advanced our cell phones have gotten they’d be bettter.. Shame on them! Anyhooo…. that’s prettty darn cool!

    • Bill Nguyen

      Our modern SUPERPHONES are too big and easy to spot in a crowd, so these leakers only bring their old Samsung fliphones to these events!

  • Merc1

    Wow. I hope they made other improvements, ride, handling, interior materials, NVH to go along with it. It would make the Continental semi-relevant again.

    M

  • Bill Nguyen

    Still doesn’t change how insubstantial the Continental looks compared to it’s peers, or the inferior build quality. The proportions are awful and it falls short in so many areas, I don’t think changing the door setup is helping.

    • Merc1

      It’s a novel concept, but it won’t make this car sell again unless they’ve done some other things to improve it.

      M

      • Mike anonymous

        I agree regarding the current continental. But I do want to point out that when the current continental had begun development, the current generation S-Class had barely been released, and the E-Class was still in it’s previous (original 2011) generation.

        So by the time this vehicle came to market, the market had already moved on. But the next generation (not this ‘update’ if this is even real) to my Knowledge will be moving up market to complete with the next generation S-Class.

        • Merc1

          Won’t happen and if priced like or anywhere near an S_Class it will fail in the showroom like the current Continental is doing now. It’s kinda sad how the the domestics and all their fans spend eternity waiting and talking about next year or the next this or that, and yet when it happens it’s still not good enough to compete. Gotta be a dismal existence for American car company fanatics.

          M

          • Mike anonymous

            I wouldn’t really consider myself an ‘American car company fanatic’, but rather just someone who knew/knows people at the company personally.

            If a company wants to compete, they will. The primary reason the current continental (which was something I addressed to the people I knew) was that it seemed ALMOST like something you wanted, but there were just a few things really stopping you from putting down any sort of money for it.

            In regards to the ‘next’ this, or the ‘next that’,. You’ll simply just have to wait an see, but I don’t understand that dislike or hatred for a automotive brand that is genuinely beginning to do better and to get their footing once again. I couldn’t really put myself in the shoes of someone who simply will dislike/hate in the presence of positivity and good news for the future.

          • Merc1

            It’s the same set of excuses for the last 30 years. There is a reason why Ford/GM and FCA are hurting. They surely can’t compete in the luxury car space. They haven’t since the 60-70’s.

            There is no news about the next Continental, only a lot of empty rhetoric/talk/excuses. There probably won’t even be one.

            “You’ll simply just have to wait an see, but I don’t understand that dislike or hatred for a automotive brand that is genuinely beginning to do better and to get their footing once again. ”

            Because it’s the same BS that has been said since the 80’s about Cadillac and Lincoln and they still suck ass vs the competition. Don’t you get that? This is nothing new. It’s always been wait till next year or the next this or the next that. It never happens. Ever.

            M

          • Mike anonymous

            I never mentioned GM or FCA. I’m specifically talking about Lincoln.

            Well take a look at their Aviator. Based on the evidence shown, it’s not really “the same BS”. The Aviator (as Lincoln stated but many people did not pick up on) was the first vehicle in their next generation line-up. (Meaning that the current line; Navigator, MKZ, MKC, Continental, are all now considered by Lincoln to be in their Old line up).

            The first vehicle from their “NEXT” line up which is “HERE” actually is comparable already to the likes of Audi & Mercedes (if you’ve seen on in photos or actually been inside of one).

            It’s not so much “Wishful thinking” but rather a knowing based on the evidence shown. (As well as what I know internally from the people I actually have known at the company).

            I’m NOT talking about GM or FCA at all… never brought them up… I am specifically talking about “LINCOLN” and no one else. But you may believe whatever it is you’d like.

            when I say you’ll have to wait and see,. I literally mean that. YOU (Merc1) will have to wait (until you can actually get into one of these vehicles, and until the begin to reveal the rest of their next generation line up) and then YOU have (to sit back, relax, let go of the past),.. and see.

            I won’t try and convince you any further if you choose to be blind to anything that is nothing more than your own opinion. So I will leave it at that bud.

  • дапвт

    Putting the doors on a slightly updated car that already barely sells was a really bad idea. Why not wait for the complete replacement and then introduce it? Or better yet, introduce a new luxury car to go against the S-class at lower price? Their Navigator has no problem competing with the Range Rover, might as well go after the S-class.

    • Mike anonymous

      From my knowledge that was the plan, last that I heard of it. The full replacement that will be coming will include the rear hinged suicide doors. They will end production of this version, and move it upmarket to better compete with the S-Class.

      I think it would be a poor decision to try and add them to their existing Continental, when the full redesign/replacement has already been planed.

      • Merc1

        Nothing built on this modified Fusion platform will ever compete with an S-Class. You can throw that out your head man.

        M

        • Mike anonymous

          Yes, this modified Ford Fusion platform. But the NEXT Continental will not be on this modified Ford Fusion platform. It will either borrow from Fords SUV platform, (or more likely to what I’ve been told) will be using a platform developed specifically for Lincoln vehicles.

          • Merc1

            And they’ll still be behind cars like the S-Class. They’re coming from NOWHERE to compete with the S_Class if what you’re saying is true. You domestic apologists always fall back on the wait till next year/time stuff. It’s so sad. The current S-Class is light years better than the Continental and it’s going to stand still for the next generation. What Lincoln should be doing is just building a true luxury car that is true to their roots, not chasing something they can’t duplicate or surpass.

            M

          • Mike anonymous

            Oh yes, I absolutely agree (regarding) the current S-Class being LIGHT YEARS ahead of the Continental. There is absolutely no doubt about that. But as I was saying the current generation does not even compete in the same class as ‘the S-Class’ and the current continental came ‘late to the party’ (just before most companies already were moving on to their next generation vehicles).

            The current Continental would have been an amazing competitor had it been released 3-4 years earlier, hence why it’s sales are doing so poorly.

            So Lincoln understood what people were complaining about with not only their current line-up but with the Continental itself. Lincoln’s first ‘next generation’ vehicle was the Aviator (as they will be re-doing/redesigning the rest of their line-up completely) over the course of the next few years.
            With a significant amount of freedom from Ford, Lincoln actually (and unlike they had with the current Continental) have the freedom and chance to prove everything they’ve been talking about, and to actually build what they want (especially sedan-wise) without the limitations put on previously by Ford.

            Also regarding Lincolns’ roots, they were once regarded as a company comparable to Rolls Royce and Bentley,.. (I personally don’t think they are anywhere near that level just yet),.. so a great place to prove themselves will be against the next generation S-Class (which is already in development),. with their next generation Continental.

          • Merc1

            See above, you’re saying the same thing. It’s just wishful thinking, nothing more.

            You’re lost in the past.

            The next Continental won’t compare to the next S-Class.

            M

          • Mike anonymous

            If anything I could say your lost in the past as well, haha.

            Stuck the past of everything since Lincolns’ ‘hay-day’ when they did rival companies as such. All the way until now, when a company such as Lincoln actually has (Aviator) produced a vehicle comparable to the likes of Audi & Mercedes (From the Spec Sheet, to the build quality, to the luxury interior, to it’s design). But if you choose to deny the change that is happening right in front of you and that is coming… then that’s your detail to live in.

            It may not compete with the S-Class,.. but based on the evidence shown as of late,.. there’s a very good chance (a number of years from now when it’s revealed).. it will,… it will.

            But hey, I won’t try and convince you, and change your opinion in the face of evidence. It your opinion, and it’s your right to have an opinion of your own.

            Do with that what you will. Have a good day M.

    • Navy – Lincoln ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      I will never understand why people put a Mercedes-Benz S-Class on such a peddle-stool like it is the best car in the world because it is certainly not. Yes, for its pricing configuration, it is the best styled external and internal, but it shouldn’t be benched marked as the best.

    • Merc1

      Lincoln can’t compete with the S-Class. It’s not possible at this point. Ford won’t put the money and effort into a car to do so.

      M

  • TheBelltower

    The current Continental was a pretty huge leap forward compared to previous Lincolns. Hopefully that, now the Lincoln has hit a good stride and visual design, Lincoln continues to up the level of the next Continental. There’s no reason that a mass-produced Lincoln sedan couldn’t achieve Bentley levels of tactile quality and luxury. That will get people to consider a Lincoln.

    • Merc1

      In your dreams will a warmed over Ford have the quality feeling of a Bentley. Have you ever sat in a Bentley?

      M

      • TheBelltower

        I’m not saying that’s what they will do, or even what they have they expertise to do. But it’s what they need to do to guarantee success. And yes… my neighbor has a Bentayga. Frankly, nothing about it is unachievable.

        • Merc1

          They can’t do it so why bother trying? It is unachievable for Ford.

          M

          • TheBelltower

            I would have said the same thing about VW years ago. Ford just needs to poach the right people, which they clearly don’t have right now.

          • Merc1

            What are you talking about?

            M

      • Mike anonymous

        Well technically it wouldn’t be limited by ‘Ford’ this time around as Lincoln (with the next Continental) will have quite a lot more freedom to create a true luxury vehicle (without) restriction.

        (Remember Ford (by the time it comes out) won’t be making sedans, and won’t have a sedan platform for Lincoln to borrow from).

        As for them having Bentley levels of quality, it’s not impossible from Lincoln. They used to be rivals to Bentley & Rolls-Royce (long-ago) in the past. Their problem has been restriction from Ford, but with those shackles off, they really have a chance to prove and back up the words they’ve been putting out.

        • Merc1

          Dream on man. They can’t equal Bentley in quality and Ford is not about to spend that type of money to try. Last time they rivaled Bentley most of us here were not alive. Freedom and budget are not always in sync. Why do domestic fans spend so much time arguing about what could be when other car companies are doing it now? It’s really sad. A Lincoln will never be a better car than a Bentley. NEVER.

          M

          • Mike anonymous

            You are right in the respect that they were once on the level of Bentley (and many of us were likely not alive at that time), but Ford actually already has invested the money to (maybe not make them Bentley levels of good) but to most certainly put them in comparison with the best Mercedes has to offer.

            Also you assume I’m a domestic fan of Lincoln,.. also you assume I am domestic?.

            Regarding ‘defending Lincoln’ I’m simply telling you what I know, and what is either coming, has happened, or is possible. What you say of me regarding ‘defense’, can just as well be said for your own self in regards to ‘denial’ (of anything you may not believe).

            I don’t understand how you can say the Lincoln will ‘NEVER’. If ford wanted to, they have the money, recourses, and (this I know first hand,.) the talent to do so… that is if they wanted. But of course I do not think they can just get there in one fell swoop, they have to work their way to that position. (and in regards to the S-Class, they are and will).

          • Merc1

            A Lincoln will never be a better car than a Mercedes or Lincoln at this level. They don’t have the ability. You can keep talking about next year and the next that, Mercedes and Bentley will always be better. Lincoln hasn’t built a car comparable to those brands in like 50 years and you think that all of sudden they’re going to do so or top them? Please. Won’t happen. You’re a dreamer/apologist.

            M

          • Mike anonymous

            Whatever you’d like to say to keep your own belief in your own opinion. I won’t try and convince you of what’s right in front of you, If you choose not to be a downer about it, then that’s all you Merc1.

            Lincoln (as I’ve said before would have to work up to them, I never said ‘all of a sudden’) but maybe you don’t read. If you’d like to keep living in your bubble (which if anything shows how stuck in the past you are/have been) then that is your right and choice to make. Lincoln (with their Aviator) already produces a vehicle comparable to that of Mercedes Benz. I’m simply just telling you of the information I know, and showing you the information that clearly there. (again, not something that’ll happen overnight, but with time, resources, and effort, Ford (never said anything about GM) can,.. and will,.. even if you choose to not believe in or deny it)… But again,.. that’s your choice.

            You can assume what ever it is you’d like, and think whatever you’d like to, but you seem to be someone who can’t stand the sight of someone else (not simply wishing, but actually) ‘doing’ good for themselves. If that’s how you think and live, that that is ok… because it you dream/choice to make.

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    Ooh. I love what Lincoln had been doing lately. I hope that this is true.

  • john1168

    Very cool. The Continental can be a little generic looking but I still do like the car. Doing the suicide doors will kick things up a notch.

  • Craig

    Have any of YOU experienced ‘suicide doors’ before? Did you think it was easier to get into? Or what?

    • Nick

      Yes, I owned an Opel Meriva with suicide doors. We thought it would be great with a child seat in the back, but in reality it was a pain when parked between other cars. When both front and rear passengers exit at the same time, you are stuck between the doors and the car next to you. So wait for one person to exit and then open your door… We bought a rotating Britax child seat instead and it works great with conventional or suicide doors.

      • Craig

        Thanks Nick! When it come to actually, physically getting into and out of the car with the ‘suicide door’ does it feel ‘natural’? I always imagine it being like your walking into the car – twisting your body around – and THEN sitting. Seems like it could be awkward – especially for someone who find twisting and such a bit of a problem.

        • Nick

          I didn’t recall anything difficult about having to twist your body to get into or out of the second row seat with the suicide door.

  • DR.FUNK

    Still a big NO.
    The only thing that makes the current Continental worthy of commentary is to point out how ugly that critter is.
    OTOH if they were to bring back the size & dimensions of the 60’s heyday and bring back the suicide doors…AND a ragtop…then we’d have something lustworthy.

  • SC

    For the target audience of this vehicle, coach doors make perfect sense. Instead of a person opening the door and you having to enter the car from a rear position now with a coach door, you enter the car from the center of the vehicle. Excellent update to an outstanding vehicle.

    • Merc1

      How the Continental outstanding?

      M

      • SC

        I fixed my comment…thank you.

      • SC

        Fair point, it is my personal opinion…I corrected my comment.

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