Lincoln launches the electric and autonomous concept car model L100
Lincoln’s latest concept car is both a nod to the luxury brand’s past and a glimpse into its electric and technologically advanced future.
Ford Motor Co.’s luxury division showcased the Lincoln Model L100 Concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California on Thursday, where Lincoln is the featured marque as part of the marque’s 100th anniversary celebration.
The L100 model – whose name is a nod to the 1922 Lincoln Model L – is the second concept car the brand has launched this year. Lincoln in April unveiled the all-electric Star Concept vehicle. The L100 model, the designers said in an interview, is a step up from what the Star Concept represents.
It is designed as a battery-electric autonomous vehicle with a sleek, aerodynamic exterior and a spacious, luxurious cabin that marks a departure from a traditional interior. The vehicle is one of Lincoln’s longest and widest models and sits low to the ground.
Inside, the vehicle features an interactive “chessboard” center console with a jewel-inspired “chess piece” controller that replaces the traditional steering wheel – a design made possible by the fact that it is a an autonomous vehicle.
The L100 Concept model includes driver-centric and social seating configurations. To create social seating, passengers can tilt the front row seats forward so that they sit across from the rear passengers.
The interior was designed to be an “immersive environment”, according to Lincoln, with a digital floor, canopy and ambient lighting. While leaning into digital connectivity and software experiences, the designers said the interior was also meant to provide a sort of digital detox, free of unnecessary buttons and in line with the Lincoln brand’s vision of its vehicles as “sanctuaries”.
The vehicle – whose exterior is painted in metal and frosted acrylic – has a glass roof and reverse-hinged doors. Smart hubcaps use lighting and sensors to provide information about movement, battery life and human presence.
The vehicle detects approaching passengers, activating a “symphony of light” that follows them around the vehicle, using an artificial intelligence system and GPS sensors.
“The lighting was a very, very important thing,” said Kemal Curic, Lincoln’s design director. “Because in the past, Lincoln was all about big chrome grilles. Now we’re really playing it light.”
The concept, the designers said, recalls a time when travel was a special occasion in itself, but also incorporates modern technologies that allowed them to play with what the interior experience could be.
“If you go from the 1920s to the mid-1960s, we were the quintessential American luxury brand,” said Xitij Mistry, Lincoln’s exterior design director. “And it’s kind of trying to get back some of that mantle that we had. And I think that’s reflected in how this car is so expansive, like those romantic cars of the past.”
The L100 model features next-generation EV cell and battery pack technologies that Lincoln says will improve energy density.
The brand said it will have three new electric models by 2025, when it expects half of its global volume to be electric vehicles. Lincoln currently has no battery electric vehicles on the market.
Although the L100 model is a concept car, not intended for mass production, Curic said the project will influence the development of production vehicles “a lot”.
“We like some of the ideas, especially about lightning, about real identity, some technologies,” he said.
“Concept vehicles allow us to reimagine and illustrate how new experiences can be brought to life using cutting-edge technologies and give our designers more creative freedom than ever before,” said Anthony Lo, Ford design director. , in a press release. “With the L100 model, we were able to push the boundaries in a way that evolved our Quiet Flight brand DNA and changed the way we think about the Lincoln designs of tomorrow.”
Lincoln President Joy Falotico said in a statement that the L100 model is a way to “reimagine what Lincoln’s sanctuary could look like for our customers of tomorrow.”
“Lincoln is one of the world’s most enduring and stylish automotive brands, and in many ways is perfectly positioned for a second century defined by great design, zero emissions and technology-driven experiences,” said Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford. in a report. “Lincoln has always been special to me and my family, especially my father and grandfather. If there’s a secret to Lincoln’s longevity, it’s the brand’s ability to balance its core values with a desire to innovate and create the future.