From the Genesis X Speedium Coupé to Audi’s Urbansphere, futuristic concept cars have reached a new peak of innovation. Joining this new trend, Lincoln celebrated its 100th anniversary with a futuristic L100 concept car which made its debut at the Monterey Car Week at Pebble Beach, California.
Pushing the boundaries of Lincoln’s Quiet Flight design, the L100 concept presents a sleek design that is aerodynamic with a transformable space enhanced by a combination of digital technology and elegant, luxury touches.
“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,” says Joy Falotico, president of 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.”
According to Lincoln, the L100 is intended to pay homage to the automaker’s first luxury vehicle, the 1922 Model L. The 1922 Model L was the first model built after the company was bought by Ford Motor Companies; it served as the foundation for the design transformation and luxury aspect which defines Lincoln today. Despite this fact, the L100 has almost nothing in common with the 1922 Model L.
The first thing one notices about the L100 is its sleek, seamless design. Featuring a precision smooth surface, the entire vehicle is painted in a shiny ceramic tri-coat metallic paint which adds to the vehicle’s sleek, sophisticated look. The aero-shaped car sits low to the ground, with striking details like a glass roof, gigantic wheels featuring around 3,000 LED lights each, and reverse-hinged doors for a warm, Licnoln-style welcome.
While we love the exterior design, it is the interiors of the L100 that are most impressive. Designed to create an immersive experience, the floor of the L100 has been transformed into a digital one with a series of OLED panels displaying a variety of moving patterns. Front rotating seats combined with autonomous and intelligent driving, are an exciting new addition which allow the passengers to have a connected experience. Undertaking a sustainable, cruelty-free approach, the seats are made from a soft, suede-like fabric that is animal-free and is made with recycled content. The digital floor, seats and ambient lighting harmonize to create a highly personalized experience.
While the car is designed to be autonomous, it can be controlled manually as well. A jewel-inspired crystal chess piece replaces the traditional steering wheel, mounted to the centre console. A crystal greyhound hood ornament, used by Edsel Ford in the 1920s, sits under the front hood area and is visible from the outside.
“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.”