While 'Lincoln Logs' make good toys for children, grown-ups want grown-up toys. Thankfully, there's a new Lincoln toy for big boys. Debuting at the New York International Auto Show, or NYIAS, the Lincoln Continental Concept hints at what will be Lincoln's newest sedan. I have only recently started paying attention to Lincoln, a brand that I had just about forgotten, when I visited a brand new Lincoln dealership in Shanghai. While they only have two models available in Shanghai right now, the MKZ sedan and MKC crossover, you can be sure that they will be bringing a large Continental-inspired sedan to China when it hits production.
Ford's luxury brand clearly started with a fresh sheet of paper with this one, as it tosses Lincoln's current design language out the window (especially the polarizing 'split wing' grille design), replacing it with a dramatic and intricate grille with repeating cut-outs mimicking the Lincoln logo. To my eyes the design is clean and simple, and a refreshing change from 'over-designed' cars that have too much going on. Lincoln was originally known for being a sharp car dressed in a tuxedo, and this newest concept stays true to that theme. Even the door handles are hidden, so that nothing disrupts the flow down the side of the car.
The interior is equally elegant and rich looking, with lots of chrome and leather and even some thick carpeting thrown in for good measure. As with most show cars, one can expect that the interior will lose many of the fancy features (like the rear buckets and full-length console), though one can hope that Lincoln will keep at least some of the most interesting bits.
If my newfound infatuation for Lincoln continues, I think that I will have to rename my blog to the Lincoln (B)Log! I still don't foresee owning a car while living in Shanghai, but if ever I could swing it, I might very well have to give up on ratty old beaters and graduate to something a little more luxurious! Here's to hoping that the Lincoln Continental gets to production as close to this concept as possible... and soon!
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