Lincoln To Wow Monterey Car Week With Model L100 Concept

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The striking concept pays homage to the company's 1922 Model L.

Though parent company Ford has been leading the electric vehicle charge with products like the Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning, its Lincoln luxury brand has been a bit behind its competitors, including Cadillac. Lincoln plans to release five new EVs by 2026, including an Aviator-sized SUV that was previewed by the Star Concept. Following up on the well-received Star Concept, Lincoln is bringing to Monterey Car Week another show-stopping EV called the Model L100 Concept.

Named as an homage to the company's first luxury car, the 1922 Model L, the Model L100 celebrates a century of American luxury. Lincoln says this latest concept pushed the boundaries of its Quiet Flight design language to imagine "the ultimate vehicle sanctuary of tomorrow."

"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, Ford Executive Chair. "Lincoln has always been special to me and my family, especially my father and my grandfather. If there is one secret to Lincoln's longevity, it is the brand's ability to balance its core values with a desire to innovate and create the future."

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Since this is only a concept, details such as range and power specifications are minimal. Lincoln says the car uses next-generation battery cell and pack technologies that can treat the entire vehicle as one system. This will enable "game-changing energy density" and help maximize interior space. And judging by the futuristic concept cabin, Lincoln imagines there's going to be a lot of room inside.

Occupants enter the vehicle via two reverse-hinged doors (aka suicide, or coach doors) and a lift-up glass canopy like a fighter jet. Of course, these two details are unlikely to reach production. The center console includes an interactive, chessboard with a jewel-inspired controller, which replaces the traditional steering wheel. Lincoln says the Model L100 is an autonomous vehicle, so the controller isn't strictly necessary.

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Since Lincoln envisions the Model L100 as self-driving, the company was free to open up the cabin in ways that wouldn't make sense on a traditional car. For example, the front seats can be flipped to face the rear seat passengers in a more social configuration.

"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 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."

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On the exterior, the Model L100 shows that Lincoln isn't quite ready to ditch sedans in an EV-focused future. With Detroit-rival Cadillac recently showing off the $300,000 Celestiq to great applause, Lincoln saw the opening to create an EV equally jaw-dropping. The aero-shaped design sits extremely low to the ground, which should yield a low coefficient of drag. Smart wheel covers further help the car slip through the air using lighting and sensors to detect battery life.

While we love how the Model L100 looks, but it is only a concept. The Cadillac Celestiq is already confirmed for production so unless Lincoln makes a major announcement that this will be the next-generation Continental, we'll still give General Motors the win here.

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