Details, From the Engine You'll See to the Fab Lighting Features You Won't
Fans of Ford‘s luxury brand got what they’ve been waiting for with the debut of the Lincoln Continental Concept at the New York Auto Show. Here’s a closer look at some of the concept’s cool features and whether you’ll see them on the production vehicle.
1. The badge
The Continental name is back, in modern block letters, on the fender of the concept. Lincoln’s design staff debated about whether Continental should return in cursive script or block letters. They ended up with the latter. Which would you prefer?
2. Under the Hood
Although this is a concept a new turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine, exclusive to Lincoln, will debut in the production version.
3. Bold face
The split wing or mustache grille is gone, in favor of a more traditional upright grille, trimmed in chrome with a “plinth” that supports the Lincoln badge.
4. Rhapsody Blue
Love the deep blue paint of the Continental concept? The shade is called Rhapsody Blue, a nod to George Gershin’s famous jazz/classical composition “Rhapsody in Blue” – which you might also recognize as the theme song to another American icon, United Airlines.
5. Star light
That Lincoln star on the grille is backed by a lighting element that fades on. It’s a neat detail that won’t see production due to motor vehicle laws in many markets in which the Continental is to be sold.
6. Light show
In the specially designed “approach sequence” the Lincoln star in the grille fades on first, followed by the LED light tubes in the headlamps and fog lamps. To finish, five LED “ice-cubes” in each headlamp, which are also shaped like miniature Lincoln stars, turn on sequentially, quadrant by quadrant.
7. Infinite light
“We’re known for full width taillamps, it’s a Lincoln signature,” says Lincoln’s head of design, David Woodhouse. “The center read tail lamp is this infinity light. If you look into it, it kind of goes forever.”
8. Winglet handles
Notice there are no handles on the smooth sides? The replacements are four chromed wings sprouting from the beltline that are elegant both in look and operation. Lincoln calls the system “E-latch” and the doors release via a push button under each upturned wing.
9. Ultra comfort
Continental concept showcases a new 30-way adjustable seat developed in-house by Ford engineers. The seats are not only heated and cooled, they use 11-air bladders and unique elastomer suspended wings to cradle and massage the driver and passengers. The lower cushion is split to allow for independent thigh support.
10. Wide, not suicide
The Lincoln design team evaluated rear-opening “suicide” doors, but ended up with traditional doors that open extra wide – nearly 90 degrees – because they wanted to showcase the luxurious back seat.
11. S-cut arches
Look at the arches above the 21-inch wheels, notice any interesting light play? Woodhouse and team gave them some love: “In the flats around the wheel cuts we added S-cuts. In here you get light puddling and reflection – more attention than you get on any other car.”
12. Electric shade
Like the windows on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger jet, the sunroof of the Continental uses electrochromic glazed glass to block sunlight. Lincoln’s Woodhouse says it’s future of luxury cars because it removes the complexity of mechanical shades and shutters.
13. Booming system
Under the spiral-drilled metal speaker covers are the components of a 19-speaker Revel Audio system from Harman. The high-end sound system company signed a 10-year deal that puts Revel exclusively in future Lincoln products.
14. Monochromatic Modernism
“The Rhapsody blue [paint] really leads us from the exterior to the interior,” says Woodhouse. “It’s tone on tone; I think that’s an incredibly modern way to do luxury these days.”
15. Chrome book
Push a button and out of the rear center console slides what looks to be a chrome tray. Flip it up to reveal a touchscreen for watching movies or controlling the vehicles infotainment and climate control system.
16. Champagne wishes
A concept this grand just has to have a cubby to stash the bubbly, yes? Of course; in the just above the center console, behind the elbow rest, is a champagne fridge and drawer that holds two specially designed flutes. Two different cupholders (for stationary and moving toasts) allow passengers to get their clink on.