Lincoln, which is owned by Ford Motor Company, have released pictures of its Lincoln Star Concept electric vehicle (EV). It builds on the news we brought you last year about the brand’s first electric car release this year.
The Star Concept features a sleek aerodynamic exterior with a modern connected cabin. This new electric car from Lincoln hints at the brand’s design language for its future electric vehicles.
Jim Farley, Ford Motor Company president and CEO, said: “This is a shining example of what happens when we combine Lincoln luxury with flexible electrical architecture to create unimaginable experiences for customers.
“We can truly revolutionise how people engage with the brand and scale it across an exciting lineup of products that catapult Lincoln into the digital, connected age.”
The Lincoln Star Concept introduces a new design language that will help guide the brand’s future design. By mid-decade, Lincoln plans to deliver three new fully electric vehicles, meaning that more than half of its global volume will be zero emissions vehicles and it will add a fourth by the end of 2026.
Joy Falotico, Lincoln president, said: “As Lincoln enters the next chapter in our transition to a zero-emissions future, the Lincoln Star Concept will lead the way for our portfolio of fully electric vehicles.
“It is an excellent example of how we are redefining luxury for the next generation as we work to transform the vehicle into a third space – a true place of sanctuary – for our clients.”
In a nod to the evolved design language of Lincoln, the silhouette is sleek and dynamic. Intelligent technology that enhances comfort, productivity and entertainment is used throughout to bring the romance of travel back.
Anthony Lo, Ford Motor Company chief design officer, said: “Electrification is removing many traditional vehicle design constraints, allowing us to reimagine what a vehicle can be.
“The Lincoln Star is a study of experiences and themes that push the boundaries of Lincoln design – and it’s just the start.”
The company’s rear-and all-wheel-drive flexible battery electric architecture and next-generation Lincoln Intelligence System have enabled new design thinking and connected experiences which the Star Concept offers.
The flexible architecture means engineers and designers could reimagine the additional interior space in new and exciting ways.
The new Lincoln Intelligence System takes the definition of “digital assistant” to a new dimension. This will enable experiences such as connected vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and infrastructure capabilities, as well as next-generation leading driver-assist features such as Help Me See and Park for Me.
Inside the cabin, the first and second row are premium, with extra-spacious wraparound seating, reclined lounge posture, individual lounge leg rests and organised storage for devices and slippers. It also features controls for rejuvenation moods and a luxurious glass drinks cooler integrated between the back seats.
The feeling of spaciousness is enhanced with 3D-printed metal latticework on the A-pillar along the windscreen and the D-pillar at the back window of the Lincoln Star Concept – visible from the inside out. These transparent pillars, along with a full skylight with digital shade, invites natural light in to provide an open, airy feeling of space.
A curved horizontal display in the front creates a digital panorama in which content flows seamlessly into an integrated centre control screen, then into the second-row screen, creating a unique experience for all passengers. New materials such as leather and chrome alternatives are used to create a modern experience.
The Star Concept offers three rejuvenation mood settings (below) with harmonising audio, scenting and lighting throughout the cabin. A symphonic orchestration with crisp, high-resolution animations on the displays are said to create an immersive digital sanctuary.
The rejuvenation moods settings:
- Coastal Morning; uses gentle, oceanic sounds, a fragrance of sea mist and the soft, warm glow of the sun with dynamic lighting throughout to replicate a stroll on the beach at sunrise.
- Mindful Vitality; is meant to re-energise the senses, with invigorating, upbeat audio, dynamic abstract artwork, soft, glowing lighting and a flowery fragrance throughout.
- Evening Chill; mirrors dusk using a calming night soundtrack coordinated with night sky video and an evergreen fragrance.
With no traditional engine taking up space in the front, a front trunk provides additional storage, expanding the feeling of spaciousness inside. With electro-chromatic glass that changes from transparent to opaque, the front trunk is instantly recognisable, allowing light in when the vehicle is in motion and darkening to hide stored valuables when parked.
Under the front trunk, illuminated first-row floors flow uninterrupted into the interior, helping to create an airy, open cabin. A wing-shaped floating instrument panel, inspired by aircraft ailerons, emphasises horizontal balance and equilibrium, while the Lincoln’s one-touch pedal allows for ease of operation.
The interior also features Lincoln Attaché, a digital briefcase concept with a hidden compartment in the rear coach door. This not only provides safe storage of tablets and laptops but does double duty as a charge pad for devices and can seamlessly detect incoming wireless content for clients.
Finally, the Star Concept comes with a reimagined rear boot/cargo space featuring a lounge mode that transforms the tailgate into a neat outdoor seat.
Kemal Curic, Lincoln global design director, said: “The Lincoln Star Concept has been a true labour of love for our team and provides us with a platform to share and test our experiences and design philosophy with clients as we evolve our Quiet Flight DNA.
“Signifying transcendence through both space and time, the concept creates a sense of peace and serenity within an electric experience and previews what is to come from Lincoln.”