The Lincoln Continental Coach Edition returns for 2020 with what Ford calls “coach doors.”
But don’t be fooled by the marketing. These doors go by many names, including “center-opening doors” or “rear-hinged doors,” but they’ll always be known by automotive enthusiasts as suicide doors.
Late last year, Ford brought suicide doors back into vogue with the 80th Anniversary Edition of the Lincoln Continental, making 80 units to mark the occasion. We were told then that more of these cars would be made later under the Coach Edition moniker, and that time has finally come.
Ford will make 150 more Coach Edition Lincoln Continentals for 2020 after last year’s model became a surprise success. The price rises slightly to $115,470, but six figures is hardly something that will stand in the way of a true luxury car aficionado and their love of suicide doors.
Everything else about the car remains pretty much the same. It'll be based on the same top-of-the-line Black Label trim, will still have the same rear-seat pass-through console and stowable tray table with tablet holder. It'll still have a wireless charging pad, a HUD, and a 3.0-L twin-turbo V6 under the hood for 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque.
And of course, it will have the same electronic door system to making opening and closing those suicide doors elegant and effortless.
Orders are open now and will be accepted until the end of October with deliveries set to begin in the spring of 2020. Last year's model sold out fairly quickly, so expect the same from the 2020 Coach Edition.
After 2020, the future of the Continental is clear: the car will be discontinued as the Flat Rock facility in which it is built will be converted to electric car production. The Continental will live on in China for their domestic market, but that'll be it in North America. Not unless Lincoln brings the name back as an electric car. Maybe also with suicide doors.