On the back of its reveal in concept guise at the New York Auto Show in April, it has emerged that the production-spec Lincoln Continental will debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2016.

The new luxury sedan will act as the company’s range-topping model and rival a number of European offerings available throughout the United States. It will be based around a front-wheel drive platform but while speaking with Car and Driver recently, the company’s brand marketing manager Imran Jahal said that an all-wheel drive version will be offered.

It seems likely that the Lincoln Continental’s design will remain very similar to the concept with its more upright front grille likely to influence other Lincoln models and ultimately replace the marque’s current ‘waterfall’ grille design.

Production of the car will be built in Flat Rock, Michigan. A return to Michigan will be symbolic for Lincoln considering that up until 2006, all Lincoln models were built in Michigan. With the new Continental, the American automaker will look to move further up in the market and tap into an industry it hasn’t previously done so.

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