Michigan (USA) – The Lincoln concept that debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is a formidable test of a future luxury electric vehicle with a giant reverse-hinged door that’s even longer than some entire vehicles.
The Ford luxury brand is making a big statement with the Lincoln L100 concept as the model celebrates the company’s centennial and pays homage to the auto industry’s first luxury car, the 1922 L model.
The project to build this model began before the Lincoln Star concept and the two continued in parallel, taking the future of Lincoln from different times, with connotations of the brand present in both cars. The team does not rule out producing a smaller version of the L100.
Although the name is a nod to the past, the car is very much the future of Lincoln, and the brand has promised a full range of clean vehicles, with three new ones by 2025, a fourth in 2026, and an all-electric portfolio by 2030.
Kamal Couric: The cabin is the largest Lincoln has ever built
To get a glimpse of what electric cars will look like in the near future, Ford first showed the Lincoln Star Concept, a streamlined electric SUV with dynamic lighting, transparent trunk and wagon doors.
Motor Trend experts believe the Lincoln L100 is a far-reaching preview of a world where autonomous cars share the road with electric, manual vehicles.
The designers worked hard to put together a car that simultaneously blends past and future as it debuts at the nation’s showiest automotive event during Monterey Auto Week, says Platform Editor Alyssa Breidel.
The five-passenger concept was first digitally designed and a foam model of the megacar grew out of it. A copy of Sheet Metal, using 3D printing, was also assembled by the reveal deadline.
And the ultimate show car sets itself, longer than the Lincoln Navigator L, the 18.5-foot long wheelbase SUV that measures over twenty feet long and 6 feet wide with over 16 feet of interior space.
Kamal Couric, Lincoln’s director of global design, confirmed that they built the interior first, which is the largest Lincoln has ever created.
He added: “Then came the shiny exterior with metallic paint combined with frosted acrylic (synthetic fibers) instead of chrome to create a soft white color that fades to blue.”
In a nod to the past, the concept was designed so that it could still be driven, but in terms of the future, the driver could decide to lean back, stretch and in theory let the car drive completely autonomously.
The 14-foot tall door is a work of art with the most intricate rear hinges that an automaker or perhaps any other manufacturer has ever attempted to create with this look.
Once opened, it can stay upright when you enter the cabin and doesn’t require much effort to get to the rear seats, which can be adjusted to the reclining position with the legs resting their heads on the unique, massive headrest that extending from within.
In stand-alone mode, the instrument panel disappears under the instrument panel and occupants have an unobstructed view of what lies ahead.
The seating layout is designed to be cozy and all occupants can face forward or front passengers can turn to face their companions in the back.
A digital floor can create a mood or experience, such as displaying an image of flying over clouds in an attempt to bring passengers back to a time of romance and travel.
The car touches all the senses in a simple interior, with flat screens, no steering wheel, and materials in the cabin include recycled suede-like materials.
In the center console there is a console with a crystal chess piece that replaces the traditional steering wheel. Any adult from any seat can take over, and there is no specific seat for the driver or passenger as there is no restrictive steering column to operate it.
Lighting evokes a red carpet on the floor, but the concept goes beyond that to detect lighting tracking and 360-degree tracking as one roams around the car, an artificial intelligence feature designed to keep you safe and to feel private.
Designed as a jewelry box, the box has a heritage jewel inside, with a crystal under the transparent bonnet motif that harkens back to the bonnet motif originally chosen by Edesel Ford in the 1920s to symbolize Lincoln’s elegance.
The L100 has a modern twist on the Lincoln star logo on the front of the car. It’s simple, lit like Apple on a MacBook. This is the first use of this new modification and it may become a signature on future models.
And it’s just a concept, so the drivetrain can be fanciful. Lincoln officials say the L100 will use a solid-state battery to provide more range at a lower cost.
The teardrop shape and long tail provide the aerodynamics needed to increase vehicle efficiency, along with closed wheels and airflow through the lower grille.
At first glance, the car looks like it has a very long hood, but actually it starts almost in front of the front wheel with a rear cut line for the hood and the rear section cut at a sharp angle like the back of a superyacht , and the glass roof that merges seamlessly with the rear body.