The 2017 Lincoln Continental will have a starting price of $45,485 including shipping, several thousand more than the MKS it replaces but still less than most similar-sized luxury sedans.
The Continental will be offered in four trim levels and with a choice of three V-6 engines, including a 3.0-liter turbo that’s exclusive to Lincoln and rated at 400 hp, according to a pricing sheet released Wednesday. Getting that engine in an all-wheel-drive Continental with high-end Black Label materials will cost $69,105 before options, which include 30-way “Perfect Position” seats for $1,500.
The Continental, which arrives at dealerships this fall, has a base price that starts at $9,005 below the Cadillac CT6 and $5,710 less than the BMW 5 series. The MKS, in its final model year, starts at $39,935 before a $3,250 rebate advertised on Lincoln’s website.
Standard features on the base Continental include 10-way adjustable seats, remote start and Ford’s new Sync 3 connectivity system -- though a CD player costs $335 extra.
Lincoln told dealers at the NADA convention this month that more than 40,000 people have expressed interest in buying the Continental. Executives said they soon plan to begin working with dealers to help turn those leads into orders.
A freshened MKZ sedan is scheduled to go on sale several months before the Continental. The 2017 MKZ will start at $35,935 including shipping, for either the gasoline or hybrid version, $180 less than the 2016 model.