The Lincoln Model L100 Concept is a concept vehicle that reimagines space for personal mobility as an autonomous vehicle with an intelligent driving experience, while paying homage to the 1922 Model L – Lincoln’s first luxury vehicle. The concept features unique design elements inspired by aerodynamics and advanced technology.
|Introduction date||August 18, 2022|
|Introduction venue||Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance|
|Production intent||Not slated for production|
The Lincoln Model L100 concept celebrates the marque’s design heritage by referencing the 1922 Model L, which was built following FoMoCo’s purchase of Lincoln. Regarded for its impressive engineering, the Model L provided the foundation for Lincoln luxury. As such, the Model L100 pays tribute to the influence and style of its heritage, while also continuing to expand the potential of Lincoln through modern innovation.
“We are at a special moment in our history,” says president of Lincoln, Joy Falotico. “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. With the Model L100 Concept, we reimagine what the Lincoln sanctuary can look like for our clients of tomorrow and take a big step toward our next chapter.”
The Lincoln Model L100 concept features a fully glass roof, and reverse-hinged doors – all of which lift open. A crystal greyhound hood ornament is also visible through the transparent hood. 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.
The Model L100 concept is coated in a metallic paint and frosted acrylic with a satin digital ceramic tricoat – which creates a transition from a soft white hue to a cool blue color.
The exterior also includes the Lincoln “Embrace” signature lighting, as well as a backlit Lincoln logo and the Lincoln name placed across the rear end. The concept features smart wheel covers capable of signaling when the vehicle is moving, showing battery charge status, and acknowledging the presence of humans.
Intuitive lighting is incorporated and is programed to create a “light symphony” when sensing the approach of the driver. Advanced artificial intelligence systems and GPS sensors are utilized to curate the lighting experience, mimicking the path of the driver around the vehicle.
The Lincoln Model L100 Concept interior features a bench seat positioned at the end of the cabin. However, seating can be rearranged to benefit the social setting, enabling front passengers to sit across from rear passengers or face the front as found, in traditional vehicles. The interior makes use of recycled suede fabric, with the entire cabin designed with animal-free alternative materials.
The cabin also features amethyst accents, a digital floor which mirrors a marbled texture, canopy, and ambient lighting that all work together in harmony to create a personalized interior sanctuary.
At the center of the cabin is an interactive, center console chessboard which features a jewel-inspired chess piece controller to redefine vehicle controls within the cabin. This controller replaces the traditional steering wheel.
“This concept allowed us to design a new experience that is unburdened by past limitations and represents an evolution of our Quiet Flight tenets,” said Kemal Curic, global design director, Lincoln. “The ultimate expression of our Model L100 design is one that moves effortlessly – a vehicle that appears to be sculpted by the wind, as if friction does not exist.”
Lincoln first showed the Model L100 concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance at the end of August 2022. The concept was then shown at the 2022 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in September.
While Ford Motor Company didn’t provide exact mechanical specifications, it did state 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.”
“Concept vehicles allow us to reimagine and illustrate how new experiences can come to life with the help of advanced technologies and allow our designers more creative freedom than ever before,” said Anthony Lo, chief design officer, Ford Motor Company. “With the Model L100, we were able to push the boundaries in ways that evolve our Quiet Flight brand DNA and change the way we think about Lincoln designs of tomorrow.”
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