It could be the production version of the gorgeous concept.
Lincoln revealed one of the most beautiful concept cars in recent memory earlier this year, a sedan known as the Zephyr Reflection concept. Its sleek proportions and modern detailing are a world apart from defunct Lincoln sedans like the Continental. In August, we found out that a new trademark had been filed for the Zephyr name, raising hopes that a production version of the concept would see reality.
Well, China's Sun News has just uncovered patent images from the State Intellectual Property Office of what appears to be the production Zephyr, and they show off a design that hasn't been watered down too much from the concept.
Although there are minor differences between the headlight and taillight designs of the concept and these new patent images, what we can see is a similarly sleek design and the same low, broad stance. From the front, it definitely resembles some of Jaguar's sedans like the discontinued XE.
The patent images show off unique wheel designs, and the taillights don't quite cut into the rear fender in the same dramatic fashion, but it isn't all that different. The concept car's unusually small rearview mirrors have also been replaced by mirror housings that seem much more in keeping with a production model.
The patent images did not reveal any renderings of the interior, but the Zephyr Reflection concept is equally stunning from the driver's seat. It has a minimalist design but your eyes are instantly drawn to the vast horizontal display that stretches across the entire width of the dashboard. It's striking yet seems better integrated than Mercedes-Benz's Hyperscreen.
When the concept was revealed, a Lincoln spokesperson told us that it was powered by a gas engine, so perhaps the production model will follow suit and skip fully electric power. Regardless of what powers it, we'd love to see Lincoln build this stunning sedan and can only hope that it'll find its way to our shores.