Lincoln L100 Concept Is A Technological Tour De Force

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"It's our vision for the future of luxury."

Once a proud maker of stately sedans and personal luxury coupes, the current Lincoln lineup is comprised entirely of crossovers and SUVs like the recently refreshed Corsair and the full-size Navigator. But, as the brand prepares to enter the future of electromobility, it's looking to its past for inspiration. The L100 Concept, introduced at Monterey Car Week, will usher in a new design direction for the brand.

With 105 years in the business, Lincoln knows a thing or two about making premium vehicles and has leveraged this for the future. Described as a "reimagined vision of personal mobility," this hand-built beauty pays tribute to Lincoln's of old; the L100 name is an homage to the 1922 Model L.

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Every bit of the L100 Concept aims to provide occupants with a luxurious and effortless experience. Take the dramatic way in which the Lincoln welcomes you, for instance. The suicide doors and glass roof open gracefully, presenting passengers with a modern yet sumptuous cabin.

Despite the rakish good looks and coupe-like appearance, the L100 adapts to your needs - not the other way around. The lounge-like interior can be reconfigured to seat several more people or provide an intimate haven for a select few. It's not luxurious in the traditional sense - smatterings of wood, leather, and chrome - but it still conveys a high-class feel through the use of fresh design and out-of-the-box thinking.

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A digital screen spans the width of the floor and provides depth and color through an active display. However, the most tasteful feature has to be how people interact with the screen and console. A beautiful "chess piece" controller is used to guide the vehicle to where it needs to be, and replaces the steering wheel - yes, Lincoln has imagined this as a self-driving luxury pod, of sorts.

Unlike the recently previewed Acura Precision EV Concept, it appears there's no option to drive the Lincoln yourself. At the reveal of the L100, Ford's chief designer Anthony Lo explained how the lack of a steering wheel allowed the team to think freely. "Concept vehicles allow us to reimagine and illustrate how new experiences can come to life...and allow our designers more creative freedom than ever before. With the Model L100, we were able to push the boundaries."

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Lincoln itself describes the L100 as "more than a concept," preferring to see it as the future of luxury. However, that's not to say we'll see the elegant concept turn into a reality. Hopefully, however, the sophisticated design cues and minimalist interior appointments make their way into Lincoln models that arrive shortly.

The autonomous luxury vehicle isn't the only concept we've seen from Lincoln in the past few months. In April, the Star Concept was announced and showcased a similarly striking interior filled with gorgeous detailing and innovative technologies.

While we haven't seen anything yet, the Ford-owned luxury automaker is expected to introduce five new EVs by 2026. If they resemble the L100 in any way, Lincoln is already on its way to success.

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