The Lincoln Model L100 Is A Futuristic Blast From The Past

Today, Lincoln unveiled The Model L100 Concept – an entirely electric, fully autonomous concept car that pays homage to the brand’s past.

It is part of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance happening this week, commemorating the brand’s 100th birthday in conjunction with Monterey Car Week. The automaker claims that the 1922 Lincoln Model L, a highly respected engineering showpiece for the company at the time, served as the main inspiration for the Model L100. Even as a design-only concept, it represents Lincoln’s vision for the future of luxury automobiles.

“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 of Lincoln. “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.”

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Lincoln sees the future as a sophisticated era, and this design was created to reflect that. In honor of its 100-year-old predecessor, a crystal greyhound serves as a hood ornament. The coupe body shape contrasts this by having a “K-tail” and long, low proportions that cut through the air. Due to the fact that everything from the A-pillars back opens, the body is also nearly seamless.

The Model L100 Concept was designed to have doors that extend out like a ladybug’s shell and a ceiling that rises up as well, giving it a “true sense of ceremony” when you approach it. Additionally, the pomp extends past the ostentatious doors.

Lincoln welcomes passengers inside with a “orchestrated symphony of lights” both inside and outside the vehicle. Additionally, the lights can track people as they move about the car to tailor an experience just for them.

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The interior’s spatial layout has been planned to make the most of the autonomous and electric technology used in the concept. Instead of a steering wheel or pedals, the vehicle is controlled by a “chess piece controller” that was inspired by jewels.

For a more social setting, the seating arrangement can be changed such that all seats face either forward or one another. This transition is made possible by a straightforward folding front seat, and the flat, lit floor makes use of the absence of powertrain parts.

“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, Lincoln’s global design director. “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.”

Check out Lincoln’s reveal video here:

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