A local Chinese website has recently captured several spy shots of the new Lincoln Continental Presidential, expected to debut on April 25 during the Beijing Motor Show.
Lincoln is apparently gearing up to present its flagship sedan in China and while the model takes a new name – Presidential – changes appear to be limited from the regular 2017 Continental that just started taking in orders in America following its worldwide public reveal during January’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. We can notice subtle changes to the headlights and the dimensions seem to be the same – only the interior uses a different color scheme, but this could be due to the options used for this presentation vehicle. The badge tips us to it sporting the 3-liter turbocharged V6 engine and AWD. In America this combination is indeed reserved to the flagship trim level that will pit the Continental against the popular BMW 7 Series in terms of pricing.
Of course, packing 400 horsepower means the Continental Presidential is no slouch. The Chinese public might be attracted to the model thanks to its unique heritage – the model has always been regarded as a true piece of American luxury. Unfortunately for the interested Chinese buyers, it will also come with a matching price. Since it’s not being produced locally, the taxes will be massive and the car is rumored to start at around $150,000, which is almost triple the tag for US customers – even though the company is throwing in 30-way adjustable seats and a sound system with 19 speakers as a gift.