The Lincoln Continental Concept that was first unveiled at the 2015 New York International Auto Show in April was confirmed for production when U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell broke the news over Twitter that its production version will be built at parent company Ford Motor Company’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan. The production version is now just months away, as Car And Driver says in a report that the official unveiling of the flagship Lincoln will be staged at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (2016 NAIAS) in January.
The production version of the Lincoln Continental Concept will be based on a front-wheel drive platform, as per the report. However, there will be all-wheel drive will be available, Imran Jalal, Marketing Manager for Lincoln, confirmed to the publication. Mr. Jalal said that the brand will focus on the U.S. and China. A “diesel model is not being considered at the moment,” Mr. Jalal confirmed. This means that the full-size luxury saloon will be offered only with gasoline engine(s). A hybrid variant isn’t planned for the near future.
Lincoln will focus purely on luxury, and does not plan to enter the Audi RS-, BMW M- or Mercedes-AMG-rivalry. According to the report, there won’t be a sporty variant. “We have high-performance engines, but we are going for a luxurious feeling rather than sportiness,” said Mr. Jalal.
Following its official debut in January, the production version of the Lincoln Continental Concept should reach dealerships in the U.S. market in H2 2016.
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[Source: Car And Driver]