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2017 Continental Steel Construction & Size Comparison with MKZ

Really fascinating read! Inside look at the frame construction & use of steel in the new Continental, and some cool comparisons between it and it's platform mates, including an overlayed size comparison between it and the MKZ
http://www.autosteel.org/~/media/Fil...ontinental.pdf
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very cool Thanks, Allen


afaik, this is the first official stuff acknowledging that the Conti (*and* ChinaTaurus) are in the CD4-family
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Re: 2017 Continental Steel Construction & Size Comparison with MKZ

You're right, first official acknowledgment! It's interesting to see how close in size the MKZ and Continental are. I didn't realize it was THIS close before. I can't wait until the Continental is on a new platform so that it will resemble the concept more and be closer in size to the S-Class.

I can't wait to see custom modified version long wheelbase or lino versions of the Continental.

Speaking of, I'm just curious, do we know what kind of platform the concept was built on?
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Re: 2017 Continental Steel Construction & Size Comparison with MKZ

^ in my usual reverse order
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...Speaking of, I'm just curious, do we know what kind of platform the concept was built on?
just-imho, unless the donor is obvious, we almost never even get a hint to the structure

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...I can't wait to see custom modified version long wheelbase or limo versions of the Continental...
if the not-so-old-chart holds, I don't expect any variants before the current Conti is replaced (BY the end of the decade)...

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...I can't wait until the Continental is on a new platform so...
...unless
the (corporate) Product Review we recent heard about goes (back) to clean sheets of paper
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You're right, first official acknowledgment! It's interesting to see how close in size the MKZ and Continental are. I didn't realize it was THIS close before. I can't wait until the Continental is on a new platform so that it will resemble the concept more and be closer in size to the S-Class.

I can't wait to see custom modified version long wheelbase or lino versions of the Continental.

Speaking of, I'm just curious, do we know what kind of platform the concept was built on?
Yep, I think this indicates the Continental will grow, the MKZ will be the mid-size offering, and there will be a sports sedan slated below afterwards.
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Re: 2017 Continental Steel Construction & Size Comparison with MKZ

I have to admit, seeing just how similarly sized the Contiental and MKZ are, it definitely makes me have doubt. I mean of course I knew that the Conti rode on the same platform, but it was said to be heavily revised, and that doesn't seem to be the case at all.
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^ ergo the quick replacement that (we were led to believe) FLincMoCo HAD planned on

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Re: 2017 Continental Steel Construction & Size Comparison with MKZ

The Continental is just a placeholder.

Those size comparisons confirm what everyone knows; the Conti is a stretched Fusion (they didn't even bother to stretch the MKZ version). Ford is banking on the Conti being a hit in China where the luxury car market is up for grabs.

The U.S. luxury car market will not be cracked by Lincoln until it gets serious about differentiation (as is Genesis) and does it (unlike Cadillac) at the right price point. The insiders on this site know it; they continue to talk currently about "Lincoln customers."

Ford can continue to make big bucks with F-150s and Lincoln SUVs should hold the fort but people who would want a luxury car will want a real Lincoln, not a warmed over Ford. The Continental may prove to be great for Lincoln if it is a hit in China. That will give Lincoln time to get serious about designing a true, high-quality, feature-laden luxury sedan that's worth its salt.

I truly hope that they get it right with the next-gen Continental and beyond.
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Re: 2017 Continental Steel Construction & Size Comparison with MKZ

Continental uses quite a bit of aluminum, for the hood, front and rear fenders and trunk lid.
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I have to admit, seeing just how similarly sized the Contiental and MKZ are, it definitely makes me have doubt. I mean of course I knew that the Conti rode on the same platform, but it was said to be heavily revised, and that doesn't seem to be the case at all.
Dimensionally a nearly 6 inch increase in wheelbase, wider track, along with significant changes in use of materials is not minor. Looks heavily revised to me. And as far as physical/space differences, if you sit in both they are substantially different.
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