Reviews of the concept model for the new Lincoln Continental, which was revealed at the New York International Auto Show, have generally been enthusiastic. After a 13-year hiatus, Lincoln introduced its new concept in March of 2015, with 2017 production year models scheduled for sale in 2016.
Car and Driver published an enthusiastic, yet guarded, review of the Continental concept in March 2015, lauding it for being built on a Ford Fusion platform. The review continues to praise the car's various luxury features, and summarizes it as a "slightly mixed bag," and an improvement over the MKS, Lincoln's then-contemporary flagship sedan. Motor Trend likewise published a review in June 2015 with a decidedly exuberant tone. The review describes the exterior and interior features with generous approval.
Lincoln discontinued the ninth generation of its Continental brand in 2002. Sales were declining, and some critics panned the vehicle. As a subsidiary of Ford, Lincoln built the ninth generation Continental on a Ford Taurus platform, which drew criticism from reviewers and customers alike. Lincoln introduced an entirely refashioned concept for the Continental that delighted critics at the 2002 Los Angeles Auto Show, but the concept never saw production. Thirteen years later, Lincoln revealed yet another concept for the Continental, to the delight of critics and customers, with the announcement that it would be brought to production and available for sale in 2016.