With the Model L100 Concept, the Ford brand Lincoln has presented a futuristic car concept for the era of autonomous driving – electric, of course. The Model L100 Concept pays homage to Lincoln’s first luxury vehicle, the 1922 Model L, and is intended to illustrate the vision for the future of the brand.
Unfortunately, Lincoln does not give any concrete details about the drive system, only this much: the Model L100 Concept uses “next-generation battery cell and pack technologies that deliver breakthrough energy density and enable efficient structural integration”.
As has been the case with numerous other autonomous driving concept vehicles, the flat battery platform of electric cars serves to maximise available interior space and increase freedom for designers to create each manufacturer’s signature autonomous driving user experience.
“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, Ford’s chief design officer. “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.”
In the case of the L100, the result is a very futuristic interpretation of an elegant and aerodynamic coupé – fitting for the premiere of the study at the Monterey Car Week in Pebble Beach. There are no classic doors: not only does the entire glass roof swing upwards for entry, but the body including the side skirts also swings to the side in the style of a huge, rear-hinged door. Inside, there are four seats, but all of them face in the direction of travel.
With the Star Concept, Lincoln had already given a ‘design language’ preview of its future electric cars in April and announced four electric vehicle models by 2026.
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