Lincoln Continental - 2017
Lincoln began planning a new flagship model for launch in 2017 - the Continental - though it had not yet decided on that name.
The car was to go head to head with not only its direct US competitor - Cadillac, but also the myriad luxury saloons from Germany and Japan (Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Lexus, Infiniti and Acura).
Ford Motor Company did not have a RWD platform available to it, apart from the Mustang - a car with a very different attribute brief, and so the Lincoln was assigned to the upcoming CD4 platform.
CD4 was to be available in three primary architecture configurations: CD4.1 would cover Mondeo, Fusion and MKZ, CD4.2 would cover Edge, Galaxy, SMax and MKX, and CD4.3, riding on a longer wheelbase, would cover the Asia-Pacific Taurus (a luxury model in China) and the new Lincoln Continental.
Though the platform was not RWD, it does have a torque-biasing AWD, allowing all-weather traction.
Key to delivering Continental though, was a fully-appointed interior crafted from quality materials.
In the end though, the name - Continental - made the statement that this was the finest car you could by from the Lincoln division of the Ford Motor Company.