The rear-hinged doors open a full 90 degrees to create a big entrance for getting in or out of Lincoln’s sedan.
After teasing us in aeternum, Lincoln has officially brought back its iconic suicide doors with the introduction of the Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition.
Inspired by the Continental from the 1960s, the Coach Door edition is a limited-edition Continental that amps up the luxury and style of the big sedan, most notably with rear door hinges that have been shifted from the B-pillar to the C-pillar toward the rear of the car.
The doors open 90 degrees to make it easier for passengers to get in and out and are said to have required a six-inch extension to the Continental’s wheelbase, which of course means more rear legroom.
Rear passengers also benefit from even more luxury features than in the standard car, including a pass-through center console with a stowable tray table, tablet holder, wireless charging pad, and Lincoln Black Label premium materials.
Under the hood, the Continental Coach Door edition is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine with 400 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque.
“People appreciate elegance and glamour,” says Lincoln design director David Woodhouse. “And they want the easiest way to get in and out of a vehicle. These doors answer to both.”
Only 80 units of the Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition sedan will be made for the 2019 model year and possibly more in the following years. Do you want one?
Is Lincoln Bringing Back Its Suicide Doors?
Suicide doors could find their way on an upcoming Lincoln model, but which one?
Center-opening doors were a distinguishing feature of the mid-1960s Continental, and it seems they are coming back. After all, if cars like the Toyota FJ Cruiser, BMW i3 and Rolls-Royce Phantom can pull off center-opening doors that comply with modern safety regulations, why can’t a Lincoln?
Well, Lincoln has released a teaser photo (pictured) hinting at the return of suicide doors for an upcoming production model. The caption on the image read:
“Making a statement without a word. Center-opening doors elevated the Lincoln #Continental of the mid 1960’s to the pinnacle of mid-century style, a car driven by the likes of Pablo Picasso. #TBT… or is it? Stay tuned to our Instagram feed for more.”
It remains a mystery which particular production model might get suicide doors, but there is a good chance it won’t be the slow-selling Continental, which will reportedly be discontinued after 2020.
Considering Lincoln’s is now essentially an SUV-only brand, could it be an SUV that’s getting the suicide doors? Just imagine…
The Navigator Concept unveiled in 2016 had gull-wing doors like the Tesla Model X; despite the production model ditching the fanciness for traditional doors, the company probably sees an advantage in SUVs that lack a B-pillar for easier accessibility.
Suicide doors will certainly help set struggling Lincoln apart from the competition.
New Lincoln Aviator SUV Lands In Style With Hybrid Tech
Ford’s luxury subsidiary brings back an old name with a bang.
At the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Lincoln took the wraps off the all-new, completely reinvented Aviator, its foray into the large, three-row crossover segment after the discontinuation of its predecessor in 2005.
Unlike its previous Aviator, and like the latest Lincoln Navigator, the new Aviator is far more than just a rebadged Ford. Despite sharing a multi-layout platform with the upcoming new Ford Explorer, it is an entirely different animal on the outside and inside.
Lincoln’s design team looked to aeronautical history for inspiration while penning the new SUV, delivering a strong and stately appearance comparable to a Range Rover or any other vehicle of its caliber. Are happy with how it transitioned from the Aviator Concept?
Inside, the instruments and gauges draw inspiration from Bell and Ross, a watchmaking company best known for its devotion to aviation-inspired design, and polished, engine-turned aluminum accents replace wood trim, calling to mind the instrument panels of vintage aircraft.
Even the perforation on leather seats take cues from aircraft runway lights. The “glass cockpit” is dominated by a large 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a head-up display, while the big pilot and co-pilot seats are jam-packed with adjusters, massagers, heaters, and coolers.
Going against convention — the vast majority of mainstream crossovers fundamentally have a front-wheel drive architecture — the new Aviator is rear-wheel-drive, offering an all-wheel-drive setup as an option. Power will come from a twin-turbocharged V6 that produces a healthy 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque or, optionally, a hybrid powertrain rated at an estimated 450 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, both utilizing Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission.
Lincoln placed a heavy emphasis on the technological aspect of the luxury car experience. As a highlight, Aviator premiers the company’s new “Phone as a Key” feature that lets you unlock and start the SUV with your smartphone.
The suspension also automatically lowers the Aviator to “greet” the driver, while a smart, camera- and sensor-based adaptive suspension can adjust to discomforting road imperfections to improve ride quality.
From the plug-in hybrid powertrain, to the striking exterior and to the stunning, tech-loaded interior, the new Lincoln Aviator looks like a serious contender in the large premium crossover segment. Do you like how it turned out?
Lincoln Continental Will Be Discontinued Again In 2020?
The Continental could be heading to the sedan graveyard again, but this time for good.
Earlier in 2018, Lincoln expressed commitment to its car lineup despite parent company Ford’s decision to abandon the segment, but the company might be had a change of heart.
A new report claims the brand’s flagship car, the slow-selling Continental, will be dropped from Lincoln’s lineup after the 2020 model year. The large sedan sold just 7,993 units in the U.S. during the first eight months of 2017,and an even more abysmal 5,677 during the same period in 2018.
Insiders confirmed to Jalopnik that the Continental is not long for this world. There are no plans for a 2021 model so far, so 2020 will likely be the sedan’s last model year on the market.
Its successor, which was initially planned to shift to a rear-wheel drive platform and adopt suicide doors, has been canceled. The nameplate just doesn’t sell well enough to justify keeping it around.
As for the Flat Rock factory that builds the Continental, the void left could be filled by the Transit Connect used to test Ford’s autonomous software.