2016 Detroit Auto Show LIVE: 2017 Lincoln Continental image

After all those leaks and given the concept cues have been widely retained, it was no surprise how the Lincoln Continental would look like – and here it is making its official appearance during the North American International Auto Show.

The Lincoln Continental nameplate is now officially resurrected and ready to reach dealerships as a 2017 model year – and of course it will occupy its rightful place at the top of the automaker’s model range. The brand says its new “serene fullsize sedan” will deliver “quiet luxury” to the upcoming owners that will be part of the first and second largest auto markets on earth (China and America, making the swap when it comes to the luxury segment alone) starting this fall. The concept has delivered all its cues here to the production model – including the odd door handles sitting right below the windows. Lincoln has decided to still keep some interesting details under wrap but it has said motivation would be coming courtesy of the biturbo V6 3.0-liter engine that is used exclusively by the upscale Ford marquee. It will come with 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque and is here to offer “smooth, responsive, yet quiet power.”

The model will have an all-wheel drive system supported by the Dynamic Torque Vectoring system and drivers can enhance the ride by selecting comfort, normal, and sport modes, while also being offered an adaptive cruise control system. Stepping inside the cabin, Lincoln says the revel speaker grille alone needed more than 200 designs (talk about being indecisive) while the heated & cooled front seats have a 30-way adjustment range and the owner may choose from three interior themes – Chalet, Thoroughbred, and Rhapsody. NVH levels are kept in check with the use of acoustic laminated glass and an active noise control system while the automaker itself describes the interior as “opulent” due to the presence of leather upholstery, real wood, aluminum accents, and leather wrapped dashboard. We also found inside the SYNC 3 infotainment system and the Lincoln flagship will reach dealerships this fall after production starts at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan.