Saturday, December 15, 2018

2020 Coach Door Lincoln Continental

Well, apparently, here is the answer to my previous post about a possible return of the "Suicide doors" at Lincoln.

It is said the "Coach Door" version also has a longer wheelbase and more luxury features.
Which also means it could only be for the Chinese market. Where Ford is currently pushing hard the Lincoln brand as something "special". ( they do love their stretched sedans over there...)

Otherwise, the Continental is said to be available with a 2.0 Liter engine with 261HP or the usual V6 with 378HP. (These could also be Chinese market numbers...)

Again, with just 12000 sold in the US last year, I don't understand such an investment.
Many other more popular cars are being called these days
(Cadillac sold over 16 000 units of the XTS last year)

To me, the only reason for this is a push into the Chinese market. Which means we might actually never see it over here...





To me, this is the last real Lincoln Continental. The one they never built as a production car.
The Continental Concept from 2002. 2002!!!
That is 16 years ago, and it still looks so much better than the current messy, busy looking one we have now.

The simplicity of its design. The real "Coach doors" without a pillar in the way. The simple, classy interior.
(The current interior looks like a cheap Las Vegas hotel room when compared to this. )

It is really too bad Ford never had the guts to produce this...

4 comments:

Ralph L said...

Retro done right. Thanks for dredging this up.

It would be such a breath of fresh air after a decade of increasing overwroughtness. You'd think someone would try to be distinctive in that direction. I'm certainly sick of the aerodynamic pinched-bean look of every sedan.

It would have to have a half-pillar like the '57-8 Eldorado Brougham, but that wouldn't spoil it.

Anonymous said...

I really like the new Continental but that concept is so much more elegant.

Doug F said...

I definitely don't understand the investment in the current car. But if there is a longer wheelbase Continental out there, Lincoln needs to bring it here. The current car isn't big enough

Anonymous said...

So now they're reporting the "Coach Door" model will be an outsourced model with a 6" wheelbase stretch and an 80-unit production run. Two more missed opportunities that Ford could have used to reinvigorate the regular Continental, which will likely just be left to die after this 80th Anniversary model sells out. :(