Lincoln Model L100 conceptualizes the brand’s second century

2022 marks the centenary of the Lincoln brand’s entry into the Ford family and secures its future beginning with the L model. which looks towards where the brand could go in the future, the L100.

In a break from the past few years when concepts have become less common at Ford and Lincoln, this is actually the brand’s second concept in recent months. In April we saw the Star concept which is a preview of the new design language that will appear on the Lincoln family of battery electric vehicles from 2024. The appearance of the Star is likely very close to what we will see on an Aviator-like electric SUV at the time, though it’s unclear if it will wear the Aviator badge.

One of the Star’s most distinctive features is the light bar that sweeps down the curved front end of the vehicle and curves up and over the fenders. Combined with other backlit fascia elements that can be electronically animated to greet the driver as they approach, Lincoln designers have crafted a new face for the brand for a time when the current grille design becomes redundant.

While Lincoln’s current lineup consists entirely of SUVs and crossovers, the L100 goes in an entirely different direction but carries over the Star’s themes. The L100 can be seen as a reinterpretation of the luxury touring coupe form of the Continental Mark II and other classic Lincolns, but at the same time, it looks nothing like them. It’s a tourer for the age when humans may not need to drive anymore.

It’s a long, flowing coupe with copious amounts of glass, including the “hood.” The original L100 featured a greyhound hood ornament specified by Edsel Ford, but traditional hood ornaments are now rare for safety and aerodynamic reasons. The transparent hood curves deep between the large front fenders and provides visibility to a crystal version of the greyhound mounted below, out of the airstream.

As seen in late-production Lincolns like the Aviator and Corsair, there’s a downward sweep to the roofline at the rear, part of an overall taper seen in both views in plan and in profile. It is both aerodynamic and elegant. The surfaces flow continuously back and forth in a very organic way that almost seems to have been shaped by water flowing over them over hundreds or thousands of years.

The nearly seamless flanks of the L100 include bezels that remain fixed but incorporate illuminated spokes that can be animated in various ways to evoke movement, battery charging or otherwise communicate with people outside the vehicle.

The two huge doors open on hinges at the rear of the car and extend to the rear of the front wheels. Since they are so large, everything is motorized, as is the roof panel which tilts from the rear for easy entry and exit. The way everything opens up as the occupants approach is like a friend coming in for a hug, continuing the Lincoln Embrace theme.

The back seat is actually the main seat of this concept which is meant to drive passengers rather than be driven. The front bench seatbacks can be in a conventional position for the front occupants, folded down, transforming the seat into a pouf or folded forwards, transforming it into a rear bench seat.

There are no conventional driving controls, but the center console that extends within reach of the rear occupants is dubbed the chessboard. A jewel-like controller known as a chess piece can be used to control the vehicle as needed.

The entire digital floor of the L100 presents animated images to create different themes depending on the occupant’s preferences, such as flying above the clouds. At the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Subaru booth featured something similar with a floor that seemed to constantly move and was quite disorienting when standing still on it. However, interior design chief Ryan Niemiec said they actually thought about it.

“Some of this video stuff at Disney, like where it’s just the video, it completely bothers me, so I get it,” Niemiec said. “So we mentally said it had to be a slower script. We can have that hug and that kind of drama but once you’re inside it’s all about creating atmosphere and not making a mess and we don’t want to put you in that mindset .

We’re unlikely to see anything like the L100 on the road this decade, but the concept gives a glimpse of the direction Lincoln’s design team plans to take in the brand’s second century.

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