While the mechanical hardware is what motivates the Continental, it's ultimately the interior that motivates customers to take one of these sedans home. The appointments are rich and include tastefully-placed brightwork and genuine wood – a welcome upgrade from the plastiwood stuff that Town Car owners would be familiar with. Ford's Sync3 infotainment software hides within the 8.0-inch touchscreen that comes with all models. It offers a built-in WiFi hotspot that allows up to 10 devices to connect, and the system will also automatically update itself as Ford releases new, improved versions of the Sync software; no need to be inconvenienced with a dealer visit.
The available 30-way seats steal the show with their limitless combinations of positions, but even the base 10-way seats are supportive and comfortable. Stretch-out room both front and back is ample, and there's plenty of storage for stashing whatever needs to be stashed.
It's under the Black Label banner where the interiors becomes truly spectacular. Three highfalutin themes are available, and recall the old Designer trims found on Marks and Town Cars. The classic Bill Blass nautical flavor, for instance, returns with a modern twist under the Rhapsody moniker. Chalet and Thoroughbred also come with bespoke color and trim combinations, making it easier for buyers to match their new Lincoln with the color schemes of their dockside Chris Craft or stable of Arabians.
Outside, the styling is reserved. Some will call it boring, while others will call it traditional. Either way, it's not going to drop jaws as the seminal 1961 Continental did. The door handles positioned just below the windows are a great detail, but otherwise there's nothing about the shape that is especially distinctive. Still, it works with the "quiet luxury" philosophy that Lincoln has adopted.