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New Lincoln Continental presents a vision of modern luxury

Mixing classic styling with modern flair, Lincoln's new Continental sets a solid benchmark for how a modern luxury sedan should look.

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After a 15-year hiatus, Lincoln brings the Continental model back as a 2017 model.

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The Continental, introduced in 1939, helped establish Lincoln's luxury reputation, enduring through many model changes.

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The new Continental uses a front-wheel-drive platform, although it can be optioned with all-wheel-drive.

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A high roofline maintains headroom over the rear seats.

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Lincoln works the door handles into the chrome belt-line trim.

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The available all-wheel-drive system includes active torque vectoring, which overdrives the outside rear wheel in a turn, helping the car's handling.

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The oblong shape of the Lincoln badge is echoed in the openings of the grille.

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LED headlights also echo the shape of the Lincoln badge.

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The top engine for the Continental is a twin turbocharged 3-liter V6 making 400 horsepower. The next engine down also uses twin turbos, but makes do with a 2.7-liter V6.

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Fender badges show the Continental name.

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The high roofline creates an airy cabin.

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A camera in front of the rear-view mirror, and a forward-facing radar, enable adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance.

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Lincoln boasts about the Continental's available 30-way power adjustable front seats.

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Seat controls are conveniently mounted on the doors.

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The standard rear bench seat offers a reasonable amount of comfort.

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A special rear seat package includes power recline and a massage function.

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A panoramic sunroof gives the cabin plenty of light.

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This steering wheel shows the two-tone Chalet interior design.

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An LCD instrument cluster can be configured for an individual view.

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