Lincoln, the luxury automotive brand of Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, has revealed the Lincoln Star Concept, which hints at the design language for future electric vehicles.
Lincoln plans to deliver three new fully electric vehicles in the coming years. With the additional vehicles, more than half of Lincoln’s global volume will be zero emissions vehicles. It will add a fourth vehicle by the end of 2026.
“This is a shining example of what happens when we combine Lincoln luxury with flexible electrical architecture to create unimaginable experiences for customers,” says Jim Farley, president and CEO of Ford. “We can truly revolutionize how people engage with the brand and scale it across an exciting lineup of products that catapult Lincoln into the digital, connected age.”
Lincoln reported its best annual global sales in 21 years, up 7 percent over 2021, and plans to build on its momentum with the recent launches of the all-new Zephyr in China and the new Navigator in North America.
“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,” said Joy Falotico, president of Lincoln. “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 of the Star Concept uses design, light, displays, scents and sounds to create an immersive experience for drivers and passengers.
Features include illuminated crystallines, plus backlit doors, seats, and exterior features as well as fascia lights greeting people as they approach the vehicle.
The company’s rear- and all-wheel-drive flexible battery electric architecture and next-generation Lincoln Intelligence System enable the new design thinking and connected experiences the Star Concept offers. The flexible architecture means engineers and designers could reimagine the additional interior space in new and exciting ways to create a unique Lincoln experience.
The new Lincoln Intelligence System takes the definition of “digital assistant” to a new dimension, enabling experiences such as connected vehicle-to-vehicle and infrastructure capabilities, as well as next-generation leading driver-assist features such as Help Me See and Park for Me.
Both in design and color composition, the interior is uniquely partitioned into first- and second-row areas. The entire cabin experience in the first and second row is premium, with extra-spacious wraparound seating, reclined lounge posture, individual lounge leg rests, and curated storage for devices and slippers, controls for rejuvenation moods, and a luxurious glass beverage chiller integrated between the back seats.
The feeling of spaciousness is enhanced with 3D-printed metal latticework on the A-pillar along the windshield and the D-pillar at the back window of the Lincoln Star Concept — visible from the inside out. The transparent pillars, along with a full skylight with digital shade, invites natural light in to enhance the open, airy feel of the space.
A coast-to-coast curved horizontal display creates a digital panorama in which content flows seamlessly into an integrated center control screen, then into the second-row screen, creating a unique experience for all passengers. New materials include leather and chrome alternatives and several unique finishes.
Three rejuvenation moods join a new Lincoln Embrace sequence harmonizing audio, scenting, and lighting throughout the cabin. A symphonic orchestration with crisp, high-resolution animations on the displays creates an immersive digital sanctuary. Whether stuck in traffic or just enjoying a few quiet moments after work, the rejuvenation moods provide a true sanctuary in a third space:
- 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 reenergize 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.
The three moods are built around the body’s natural circadian rhythm of morning, day, and evening. With the help of connected technology, the moods will offer content updates and ways for clients to personalize their settings into the future.
Using the area no longer occupied by a gas engine, a front trunk allows for ample storage, expanding the feeling of spaciousness inside. With electro-chromatic glass that changes from transparent to opaque, the front trunk is instantly recognizable, 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, creating an airy, open cabin.
A wing-shaped floating instrument panel, inspired by aircraft ailerons, emphasizes horizontal balance and equilibrium, while Lincoln one-touch pedal allows for effortless operation. The interior also features Lincoln Attaché, a digital briefcase concept with a hidden compartment in the rear coach door that 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, a reimagined rear cargo space features a lounge mode that transforms into a cozy, indulgent outdoor seat to bring the destination closer.
“The Lincoln Star Concept has been a true labor 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,” says Kemal Curic, global design director of Lincoln. “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.”
For more information, visit www.lincoln.com.