Lincoln Star Concept foreshadows the brand’s electric future
Just as sailors of old used the North Star or various constellations to guide them to their destination, most long-range plans need an idea, a spark or, in Lincoln’s case, a a concept car.
Earlier this year, Lincoln promised to deliver three new electric vehicles to its lineup by 2025, with plans to go all-electric as early as 2030. The Lincoln Star Concept is the first glimpse of the direction Lincoln wants to take at the ‘coming.
The Lincoln Star Concept is not advertising any particular electric vehicle that the Michigan-based luxury automaker will build in the future. Instead, it exists as a guiding light, a beautiful idea that will be inspired by for years and many kilowatt hours to come. That’s the fun part of a proper concept vehicle. It’s a research exercise, fully open to feedback and exposed to spark customer interest in particular features, be it design or technology.
On the silhouette side, the Star Concepts is inspired by the Corsair or Nautilus crossovers but with a longer and lower body. According to Lincoln, the concept falls right between a 2- and 3-row SUV, being able to fit either version.
The grille is reused
With the accelerated demise of internal combustion engines, the front grille is likely to become obsolete once electric motors take over. With various existing EV models offering a heavily reduced grille or simply wiping the shroud, lighting will become the next best thing in brand identification.
For this reason, the Star Concept features a full-width LED matrix to replace the outdated grille, interrupted only by the Lincoln star emblem. The frunk (front trunk) offers a diamond-shaped trellis blending into the black and a clear center. The transparent central glass is electro-chromatic, which means that it can be made opaque by pressing a button (or a screen).
Since EVs offer more interior space than their ICE counterparts, designers can juggle between splurging on bodywork or, in Star Concept’s case, putting in as much glass as possible. For example, the absence of B-pillars and center-opening doors (reminiscent of the old Lincoln Continental) provide an impressively unobstructed view. Not enough? Check out that the A and D pillars are constructed of glass and feature a lattice support structure of 3D printed metal diamonds located below the pillars.
Overall, the Star Concept’s bodywork points the way to simplicity. The body hints at minimalism, with little to no protruding edges, sharp aggressive lines or delicate bumper details. In addition to blowing fresh design air, the streamlined, streamlined bodywork promotes aerodynamics for maximum EV range.
Plenty of screen to relax
Much like Mercedes’ EQS, the Lincoln Star Concept features a curved screen across the width of the coast-to-coast dashboard. You are not left alone to navigate the sea of pixels – a virtual assistant is there to meet your needs. Within the infotainment system, Lincoln has integrated three rejuvenation modes: Coastal Morning, Evening Chill, Mindful Vitality. A mix of audio, lighting and fragrance is used to relax passengers, depending on the mode chosen.
Interested in a more luxurious makeover? Discover that the rear seats have built-in footrests that slide out and come with custom slipper storage. By comparison, the rather classic glass beverage cooler may seem antiquated; it is, however, saved by the complex mechanism of folding outer seats.
As the coach doors open automatically to welcome the driver and passengers, the steering wheel slowly unfolds under the dashboard. Once passengers are guided to the lounge-like rear seats, individual screens are displayed from inside the front seatbacks. The whole process is synchronized with exterior lighting for the perfect “Lincoln Embrace” greeting sequence.
All around the cabin, the finishes are luxurious without endangering the environment. Throughout, leather and chrome have been replaced with alternative materials that retain both look and feel, but with a minimal carbon footprint.
Want to chat with passengers from the back seats? The driver and passenger seats can rotate 180 degrees for a good one-on-one conversation.
What is the interest of the Star Concept?
All in all, most of the futuristic concepts found on the Lincoln Star Concept have a good chance of becoming reality in the years to come. Don’t expect the sleek, minimalist design to find its way onto a Lincoln ICE car. All in all, the plethora of bold design choices, new materials and smile-inducing tech gimmicks stay true to the pure purpose of a concept car: attracting attention, criticizing, developing ideas, enabling in the future to take shape.