Lincoln promises three new all-electric vehicles by 2025. Ford’s luxury arm teased a concept showcasing one of them last night.
Lincoln claims a fourth EV will debut by 2026.
The concept hints at the design the brand will use for its electric vehicles – it’s a nugget of news we were able to glean from a hyped press release that made this editor’s eyes roll.
We know the doors will be backlit and the Lincoln logo star will light up as drivers approach the vehicle. We also know that the planned platform will be able to accommodate rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive configurations.
Lincoln also promises that its electric vehicles will be able to “talk” wirelessly to other vehicles and infrastructure and that there will be new advanced driver assistance systems, such as what Lincoln calls “Help Me See” and ” Park for Me”. Both seem to go without saying.
The concept cabin features wrap-around seats, a “lounge posture”, leg rests, storage space for appliances and a glass cooler for drinks.
The A- and D-pillars are transparent with a wire mesh visible from the inside, and there’s a skylight complete with a digital shade. There are infotainment screens for both rows of seats, and Lincoln offers three “rejuvenation” modes intended to help occupants relax. They’re tied to the time of day, and Lincoln makes vague promises about how software updates could lead to more customization in the future.
There’s a front trunk with glass that can change from transparent to opaque, one-pedal driving, a floating dashboard, a hidden compartment for secure storage of expensive electronics like laptops that also have a charge wireless, and an outdoor chair in the cargo area.
The Star is a concept, so it’s hard to say what features, if any, should be in production soon. Our view is that it brings back the old, uh, concept to have concept cars – something that auto shows were sorely lacking. He could have been the star of the New York Auto Show last week (pun intended entirely).
Too bad. Regardless of when the wraps came out, it looks pretty good, and some features seem useful, while others seem silly (rejuvenation modes? Really?). We’ll be keeping an eye on Lincoln to see what’s actually making production.
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