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Official: Lincoln Continental to be Built at Flat Rock Plant

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/16/2015 Jason Udy
Official: Lincoln Continental to be Built at Flat Rock Plant

The production version of the Lincoln Continental concept shown at the 2015 New York auto show earlier this year will be built at Ford’s plant in Flat Rock, Mich., Automotive News reports.

Ford will replace the slow-selling MKS with the new Continental in Lincoln’s lineup after the 2016 model year. The Lincoln MKS is built in Chicago. Production of the Lincoln Continental will join that of the Ford Mustang and Ford Fusion at the Flat Rock plant. The Continental will be built for U.S. consumption as well as for China and other export markets, according to the report.

“The all-new Lincoln Continental will be built at our Flat Rock Assembly Plant,” a Ford representative confirmed in an email.

Lincoln Continental Concept© Provided by MotorTrend Lincoln Continental Concept

While Ford has been quiet on many of the Continental’s technical details, the new Lincoln flagship is expected to be based on modified Ford Fusion underpinnings. The Continental concept’s dash-to-axle ratio suggests the car will feature a transverse engine placement and likely be front- or all-wheel-drive. Ford did say, however, that the Lincoln Continental will be powered by a new and exclusive 3.0-liter EcoBoost V-6, though no power figures were released.

Although many of the Continental concept ’s car show bling won’t make it to production, such as some of the welcome lighting, the new bold front grille and 90-degree opening rear doors will likely see production as will the 19-speaker Revel Audio system from Harman. The electrochromic glazed glass moonroof may or may not make it to production. The system would eliminate the complex mechanical shades and shutters used by other luxury marques.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

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