Lincoln is in the process of overhauling its lineup and part of the plan is a new flagship sedan to replace the unloved MKS. This new sedan will revive Lincoln’s Continental nameplate and should be on sale sometime next year.

The new Continental was previewed in concept form earlier this year, and prototypes have already been spotted in the wild. Now we know when we’ll finally see the car.

Lincoln marketing manager Imran Jalal has confirmed to Car and Driver that the new Continental will debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show next January. The car will ride on a stretched version of the front-wheel-drive platform found in the Fusion and will even share the Fusion’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan.

Lincoln has been quiet on details but Jalal let slip that the car would forgo diesel and hybrid options. He also said there won’t be any performance-oriented versions as Lincoln is seeking a pure luxury positioning. Instead, we may see special editions developed with fashion labels in the same way that Maserati develops models with Ermenegildo Zegna.

One other tidbit revealed by Jalal about the new Continental was that the car’s grille may spread to more Lincolns, possibly bringing an end to the current waterfall treatment. Sadly, Jalal also hinted that there would be no end to the current MK naming practice, with the Continental and Navigator nameplates set to be the only exceptions.


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