Ford celebrates 100 years of Lincoln and is not looking back, but rather an electric future from 2025 with the Lincoln Star Concept.
In May 2021, Ford announced two highly flexible electrified platforms, primarily intended to drive the brand’s electrification into the North American market. The luxury sub-brand Lincoln is also benefiting from new platforms. Three new electric models are due by 2025 alone, and a fourth is due in 2026. Early in the mid-decade, Lincoln plans to have half of its models sold worldwide come with an electric motor.
Lincoln’s path to the electric future was not straightforward. Ford initially planned to build an electric Lincoln SUV on the Rivian platform, but then separated from this partner and the corresponding plans. Another option considered and neglected was the Ford Mustang Mach-E Lincoln’s undercarriage. It is now clear that Lincoln will use the new Ford platforms. In any specifications, however, remain completely open. Four-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive options are available.
Interior with lounge character
The Lincoln Star concept now being offered comes in the form of a Lincoln Aviator – that is, in the XL class. Although the interior could easily have accommodated three rows of seating, the designers at Star Concept opted for a four-seater lounge configuration. The front seats can be flipped against the direction of travel, and the single rear seats have extendable footrests and foldable tables. Access to the spacious interior is provided by doors that open in opposite directions without the annoying B-pillar. Even if the interior configuration refers to self-driving scenarios, which Lincoln didn’t mention a word, the Star Concept is still equipped with a full cockpit. This brings with it a curved screen that extends across the entire width of the vehicle and reduces other controls to a few sensor buttons on the foldable steering wheel and dashboard as well as the rotating central control in the center console. There are additional screens on the backs of the front seats. Passengers in the back have their own control island between the seats. Of course, all systems can be networked at a large scale.
Additional ambiance features surfaces made from sustainable materials, multi-tuned ambient lighting, and various aromatic options. The large glass surfaces all around bring a lot of light into the interior. The 3D-printed lattice structures of columns A and C ensure optical illumination.
Front Drawer and Back Door Seat
Lincoln also applied some nice tricks to the exterior design. The omission of the combustion engine creates space under the front hood for the large trunk. This chest is designed as a large drawer. The hood itself is transparent and can be electrically dimmed. For a dynamic overall look, the designers let the roofline drop sharply toward the rear and end in a roof spoiler above the rear window. The horizontally divided tailgate has another feature ready. Its lower part can be folded and used as a seat with a built in backrest. There are no visible headlights or taillights, they only appear when needed through the car’s translucent surfaces. Until then, Lincoln’s signature light will be shaped by the LED daytime running lights on the front and rear.
Yes, now is the time
No, nothing for me
With the Lincoln Star Concept, Ford offers a first glimpse of upcoming electric models from the Nobel Prize subsidiary Lincoln. Until the start of serial production, which is expected to be in 2025, many features of the playful study will likely wear off. Lincoln models share the BEV platform with those from Ford.