Lincoln Continental rolls out the welcome mat

Lincoln has updated Approach Detection, first seen on the 2015 MKC

Published: April 30, 2016, 4:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 3:27 PM

2017 Continental Lincoln Approach Detection

Lincoln owners are familiar with the way their vehicles greet them as they approach, lighting up the area around the doors so drivers can see mud puddles, slippery patches, monsters hiding under the carriage …

Now, Lincoln has updated the Approach Detection feature (first seen on the 2015 MKC compact crossover) for the coming 2017 Continental, expected in fall 2016. The system, upon sensing the approach of the transponder (within eight feet), will illuminate the puddle lights in the form of a Lincoln logo (which Lincoln calls “welcome mats”), as well as soft exterior and interior lights (in what Lincoln calls a “warm welcome that sets the tone for a serene driving experience”).

“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.” 

In the new sedan, the Lincoln logo is projected on the ground beside the front doors from the side mirror housings that are automatically folded in when the vehicle is locked, the back-lit door handles illuminate to highlight their location, and the LED lights in the headlights and taillights illuminate, as do ambient lights in the interior door panels, instrument panel and cupholders.

On select trim levels, the lights illuminate in sequence, starting with the exterior to guide occupants in, and then the ambient interior lighting guides occupants through stowing or preparing accessories brought into the car, prior to starting the engine via the push-button starter.