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2017 Lincoln Continental Gets Fancy-Schmancy Approach Detection Lighting System

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The "welcome mat" puddle light of the 2017 Lincoln Continental

The “welcome mat” puddle light of the 2017 Lincoln Continental

Lincoln will soon release the 2017 Continental upon the world, and if early hand-raisers are any indication, a whole bunch of people are fixing to buy them. Lincoln wants to make sure that those customers have a proper greeting when they approach their vehicles, which explains its Approach Detection technology.

In layman’s terms, it’s a motion-sensing system that turns on ambient and signature lighting when it detects the driver approaching the vehicle. This feature originally debuted on the 2015 MKC, and it will no doubt be a nice little perk for those purchasing the new Continental.

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“The Lincoln Approach Detection does more than just turn on lights,” said Sheryl Connelly, Ford Motor Company global consumer trends and futuring manager. “It allows Continental to welcome you as if arriving at a friend’s house for dinner, or checking into a resort. It makes you feel at home where you have everything you need and you are in a serene and familiar space.”

2017 Lincoln Continental with Approach Detection technology

2017 Lincoln Continental with Approach Detection technology activated

Once the driver is detected, the following occurs: illuminated “welcome mats” are projected from beneath the side mirrors onto the ground near the front doors; door handles glow in a color that is complimentary to that of the vehicle’s exterior color; LED accent lights on the headlamps and tail lamps warm up and fire on; interior lights on door panels, instrument panel, and cup holders are triggered, and the push-button start pulses with a warm glow.

What’s more, Continentals with the Select, Reserve, and Lincoln Black Label trims will have sequential exterior lighting and sequenced interior ambient lighting. How fancy? So fancy.

The 2017 Continental arrives this fall. Get ready.

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