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Lincoln Model L100 Concept Debuts As Retro Influenced Mobility Platform

Last summer, the Lincoln Quiet Flight 2040 design exercise called upon four teams of transportation design students from the ArtCenter College of Design in Southern California, who were asked to imagine what Lincoln vehicles, their drivers, and the world around them might look like by the year 2040 and beyond. Then, mere days before the debut of the Lincoln Star Concept, Ford design chief Anthony Lo revealed that the automaker plans to roll out more concept vehicles amid its shift toward electrification. Earlier today, that came true as the luxury brand teased an all-new EV design exercise, which has now been fully revealed as the Lincoln Model L100 Concept.

The Lincoln Model L100 Concept pays homage to the 1922 Model L – the brand’s very first luxury vehicle – a full 100 years later, while also reimagining its future. The exterior design is an exercise in aerodynamic efficiency, as the concept is low, seamless, and flush, with a “K-Tail” designed to guide air over the vehicle. Other highlights include a fully glass roof, reverse-hinged doors, Lincoln’s “Embrace” signature lighting, and even smart wheel covers capable of signaling when the vehicle is moving, showing battery charge status, and acknowledging the presence of humans.

A metallic paint and frosted acrylic takes the place of traditional chrome with a satin digital ceramic tri-coat, which features a soft white huu that transitions into an open-air blue. In terms of mechanicals, FoMoCo says that the Model L100 Concept “uses next generation battery cell and pack technologies, which will deliver game changing energy density and enable efficient, structural integration by treating the entire vehicle as a system.”

Inside, efficient packaging results in maximum cabin space, while the front seats can swivel around as the Model L100 Concept is designed as a fully-autonomous vehicle, allowing the passengers to enjoy a more social setting. There are plenty of signature design elements present in the cabin as well, including an interactive center console chessboard with a jewel-inspired controller that replaces a traditional steering wheel, a digital floor and canopy, and ambient lighting. The interior is free of animal products and instead utilizes recycled suede fabric and other luxurious alternatives.

The Lincoln Model L100 Concept is making its real-life debut at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where the luxury brand is that iconic event’s featured marquee as it celebrates its centennial.

“We are at a special moment in our history. Over the last 100 years, Lincoln has pioneered multiple innovations and pushed the boundaries of design that have come to define our brand as we know and love it today,” said Joy Falotico, president, Lincoln. “With the Model L100 Concept, we reimagine what the Lincoln sanctuary might look like for our clients of tomorrow moving us forward to define the next chapter of the Lincoln story.”

We’ll have more on the Lincoln Model L100 Concept soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Lincoln news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Mortimer Duke

    Lovely. Except Lincoln doesn’t make cars anymore – at least not at home.

  2. Joe

    I wouldn’t buy it.

  3. daryl parker

    when i read that Lincoln was showing a concept coupe, especially straight after the Dodge Banshee Daytona concept coupe that was shown two days ago, i was so excited to see it. Dodge is putting their coupe into production in 2024. This Lincoln, i really dont see it being on the road until the year five thousand, by then it might debut as the new VW bug. Come on guys, get realistic.

  4. Tim

    Another pipe dream that will never be. Ford/Lincoln time to get back to reality, here I thought we would be seeing something close to production………NOT!

  5. Lincoln Fan Mark

    While I agree with sentiments expressed here about the lack of seeing something new in the pipeline for the next horizon of automotive design, I’m also encouraged to see concepts from Lincoln. As we know, such designs rarely reach the market but they do push the boundaries on some elements of technology and aesthetics that begin to make their way to market as early as the next production cycle.

    Historically, Lincoln (and Cadillac) were market leaders in American luxury when it came to advancing design. In that regard, this could be a positive step.

  6. Big Burning Gas Steve

    Where is the steering wheel? Oh that’s right, we don’t want you to think for yourself!

  7. Peter

    Congratulations from Europe Lincoln… it’s a concept but a lovely one, just read an article on a Dutch website and they call it a masterpiece, which it is actually. After a bland Continental and a Navigator with too big lights around, this concept has rE-invinted Lincoln. This is what Lincoln should do, going beyond the extraordinary, keep up the good work and introduce an EV saloon within 2 years to tackle Tesla!

  8. George S

    This was a pure exercise by young design students. Many companies make contributions to an education institute and it may be attached for a research project. Just a way to students to get a budget to do design work they are being trained or even make a little money for a summer job. If you reread the article the students, as with seasoned designers, are given parameters to work from. Though design concepts are rarely produced from the original form, I see trends with this design and that is glass roofs though this one lifts like a convertible for egress and ingress to park our rear end about eight inches off the ground. 🤔

    All the filtering doesn’t block all the heat on a Sunny day and the glare can get tiring on the eyes in the interior. I recently saw a Tesla with some kind of opaque wrap in its glass roof to block the light. Everyone who lives in the sun belt from Arizona to Florida know his.

    It does show young people are coming on line for the EV future and design will always be a challenge to be new, functional and affordable.

  9. Dave Mathers

    Ah, suicide doors!! We joked when they came out that they could be used to ‘pick up’ girls right off the sidewalk! LOL

  10. Bob

    I know it is supposed to be a concept car. Not to put anybody down, because we all have our own tastes, but I don’t care for it. It looks like a bar of Ivory soap. It might have all sorts of great technology built in but, I would not buy one. There’s no design lines.
    It is ugly, in my mind. I’m sorry. I have too many years of good looking Lincolns/Continentals to remember that were beautiful !! Mk. II, III, IV, V …. I like the classic cars and women.

  11. Robert.Walter

    Reminds of an EV-1 from the back.

  12. JerryM

    Needs a bigger version called Model KB100 to compete with Cadillac Celestiq. Then the party can get started.
    While the Model L100 is nice, the production version (if ever) will be diluted so bad that it will look like a fancy ford and less as a real Lincoln.


    So now Lincoln will roll out additional concept cars in the future, what a waste of money, they should be concentrating on reducing their recalls.

  14. Lee

    Can we see a more production version of this concept. Keep the doors the way they are, styling close to the concept, add a steering wheel and call it Continental Mark 9. Move the crystal greyhound outside for all to see.

  15. Tom Sansoni

    Concept cars are needed indeed. The design helps bring forth safety & intuitive thinking.
    However the reality of the current market is let’s focus, with a real commitment from Farley & the Board to honestly treat your Quality Control issues as #1, like FORD use to brag about.
    Then maybe Ford & Lincoln will QUIT BLEEDING Loyal customers away & truly start earning Respect back.


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