The Sleuth’s sources were bang-on a few weeks back when they emphatically stated that Ford’s upscale branch would affix a Continental logo to an upcoming luxury sedan. Sure enough, Lincoln recently revealed a concept “Conti” at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Ford also confirms that the Continental, a nameplate that was phased out after the 2002 model year, will replace the MKS sedan for 2016. The prototype version confirms that Lincoln is abandoning its split-wing grille design that never caught on in a big way with prospective buyers. The new look is much more subtle and definitely more attractive. The continental will use a twin-turbocharged V6 with an estimated 380 horsepower. All-wheel-drive will be optional and a gasoline-electric hybrid version will likely follow.


The Continental concept, pictured, will become reality as a replacement for the lovely, but unspectacular, Lincoln MKS.

Lincoln initiates a Continental divide-and-conquer strategy: