The 2017 Lincoln Continental flagship has decided to make an unscheduled appearance in a blurry mugshot ahead of the actual worldwide introduction next week during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
This early appearance comes courtesy of a rather low quality photo but we can still draw some necessary lines to the concept showcased at last year’s New York Auto Show. The production-ready Continental appears to have been caught in a rather unappealing position and while it looks ready to sport most of the prototype’s traits we can only hope this is an early view of an affordable version that actually didn’t make the cut to reach dealerships: gone are the LED headlights or the chrome trimming. This base version certainly comes without any bells or whistles and might be coming from the Lincoln website.
Detailed technical and performance specifications remain a mystery before the official introduction but the reports claim a biturbo 3.0-liter V6 engine sourced from the 2017 MKZ might take point at launch. It comes with 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque while the more affordable front-wheel drive MKZ also uses a detuned variant with 350 hp and 400 lb-ft of this Lincoln-exclusive powerplant. All puzzles will be resolved next week on January 11 when the press previews kick in at NAIAS in Detroit and if anything new pops up in the meantime be sure to check us regularly for proper updates.