Lincoln, the luxury vehicle division of Ford, just revealed the Model L100 EV concept, which is a decidedly futuristic nod to the first luxury vehicle the company ever made, the 1922 Model L. The ML100 EV is described as having aero-influenced styling and advanced technology that creates the immersive interior sanctuary of tomorrow, whilst taking inspiration from the Lincoln brand’s design heritage.
The ML100 was debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where Lincoln was the featured marque as part of the brand’s 100th anniversary. “Lincoln has been one of the most enduring and stylish automotive brands in the world and in many ways, it is perfectly positioned for a second century defined by great design, zero-emissions and technology-led experiences,” said Bill Ford, executive chair, Ford Motor Company.
While many of the specifics remain under wraps for now, the Model L100 EV is designed to be an autonomous vehicle (AV) that focuses on digital connectivity and will reportedly utilize next-generation battery cell and pack technology.
The debut of this concept is especially exciting (and perhaps overdue) when we consider the ambitious nature of Lincoln’s electrification plans. The automaker only revealed its first EV concept back in April, the Lincoln Star EV SUV, and hopes to generate half its global volume with EVs by 2025. The ambition doesn’t end there though – Lincoln has since shared its intentions to electrify its entire fleet by the end of the decade, despite not having a full EV on the road yet.
“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,” shared Lincoln’s president Joy Falotico, while speaking to the company’s venture into electrification. “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.”
Notably, the ML100 EV will feature an “interactive jewel-inspired chess piece controller” on the centre console, which will replace the steering wheel for an “intuitive and effortless” driving experience. The interior cabin has been designed to create an immersive and connected experience for drivers, with front row seats that can swivel around to face passengers in the back of the vehicle. The floor will be digital with intuitive lighting features, which can be customized by users based on their preferences. Lincoln designers also made sure to design the Model L100 EV with luxurious, animal-free materials.
So far, Lincoln has four highly anticipated luxury EVs in the pipeline, including a three-row Aviator EV, a Corsair EV, and the Navigator EV remake, which are all expected to begin production between 2024 and 2026, and launch within a few months of each other.