How would Santa be able to deliver presents on Christmas without a sweet sleigh to transport him around the globe? Like many iconic vehicles, Santa’s sleigh will receive a technological upgrade that kicks in just in case conventional reindeer power doesn’t do the job. According to North Pole experts, Santa will rely on high-powered jet fuel in order to carry out his appointed rounds, and the economists who crunched the numbers say he’ll need 45 million gallons of it to travel the 226 million miles needed to visit each and every child across the world.
While the 2017 Lincoln Continental (pictured) won’t be jet-fuel powered, it’ll have plenty of goodies to keep young-at-heart luxury vehicle drivers happy. Spy shots of the upcoming Continental were leaked just in time for the Christmas holiday, giving people plenty to buzz about from now until the vehicle’s release date sometime in the coming year.
From concept to production version, we’ve followed the progress of the 2017 Lincoln Continental. It made its public debut several months ago at the 2015 New York Auto Show, but now Lincoln fans have their first real glimpse of what the vehicle will likely look like, particularly on the inside.
The Lincoln Continental displayed in the recently released spy photos closely resembles the concept model from the NY Auto Show. A vertical-split grille, traditional three-box shape and transparent-chrome taillights are a few of the vehicle’s more prominent stylistic features. The Continental appears to be utilizing Ford’s CD4 platform designed for front- and all-wheel drive vehicles. Many current Ford models, including the Ford Fusion and Edge, as well as the Lincoln MKZ, use this popular platform architecture.
The Lincoln Continental that will arrive in U.S. dealerships in 2016 will likely sit a slightly stretched version of the CD4 platform with a wheelbase of over 200 inches. It will also come equipped with an all-new 3.0-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine that generates 400 horsepower. Not quite Santa’s jet-fueled sleigh, but it should be more than enough power if you’re not pulling an around-the-world all-nighter.
While exterior shots of the Lincoln Continental were plentiful, photos of the interior were harder to come by until now. Based on spy shots, it’s safe to assume that the Continental’s cabin will remain fairly faithful to the concept model. This Lincoln luxury sedan will feature black leather and shiny wood trim on the dashboard and doors. The production model Continental emphasizes those elements while eschewing the blue velvet and chrome touches present in the concept version.
One apparent change to the production version of the Continental is the appearance of two separate air vents, as opposed to one attached unit, on top of the dashboard. The 2017 Continental will also sport a host of advanced in-car technologies, including a Ford Sync 3 infotainment system and a Revel audio system.
Lincoln says that the Continental will make its next appearance this coming January at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. The automaker has been coy about when this made in the USA vehicle will go on sale, except that it’s scheduled for sometime in 2016.
The West Point Lincoln Blog will be sure to let you know when you can purchase your own Continental as soon as we can—until then, have a happy and joyous holiday season!