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Lincoln Continental being retired at the end of 2020

Lincoln Continental being retired at the end of 2020

In news we all knew was coming, Lincoln has officially announced the demise of the Lincoln Continental. One of the most luxurious sedans around will be no more by next year with production ceasing altogether in favour of SUVs.

“Lincoln is investing in growth segments and the brand will feature a full portfolio of SUVs, including a fully electric vehicle in the future,” the upscale marque said in a statement.

“Lincoln will continue to keep its newest SUVs fresh and we will have more news to share later this year; however, as the full-size premium sedan segment continues to decline in the U.S., we plan to end production of the Lincoln Continental at the end of this year.”

It's a real shame that yet another sedan is being retired. It’s the end of an era and one I for one, will be sad to see go. I appreciate I’m in the minority though as most of you are buying SUVs and crossovers, hence the end of the sedan.

If you’re a fan of sedans, now is a good time to buy one as there will soon be very few left!

2020 Lincoln Continental

The 2020 Lincoln Continental manages to balance heritage with modernity and a sort of retro cool that few other cars have managed to encapsulate. Other luxury marques all concentrate on luxury and modernity and not on that elusive ingredient that Lincoln managed to nail.

That for me is why the Continental stands out.

It’s a big car with rounded edges that combines luxury, modernity and a little heritage. It’s a nice car to look at with a big grille, wide stance, lots of panel detailing and an upscale look more akin to Rolls Royce or Bentley, one of the old school automakers.

Inside, the feeling of composed luxury continues. There is lots of interior space, adjustable seating, arm rests, superb cushioning, heating and venting. And that’s just the seats!

Under the hood

The 2020 Lincoln Continental uses one of three V6 engines. A 3.7-litre V6 that produces 305 hp, a turbocharged 2.7-litre that produces 335 hp and a twin turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 that delivers 400 hp. All send power to the front wheels with AWD as an option for the turbos.

Safety is handled well in the Continental. You can have adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, active lane control, blind-spot monitors, automatic high beam headlights, surround-view camera system, head-up display and active parking assist depending on the trim you buy.

All combine to give 2020 Lincoln Continental a five star safety rating from the US NHTSA and Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS.

With more features than you could possibly need and even more on the options list, the 2020 Lincoln Continental offers as much technology as you can squeeze into a car. It’s a real shame it’s going but you can secure yours at Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2.

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