Lincoln Star Concept Revealed as Ford’s Luxury EV
Lincoln, the luxury division of Ford, has pulled the covers off a new, futuristic, electric design concept – the Star SUV.
Like many car companies, Lincoln is eyeing an electric future, with plans to launch four battery-powered models by 2026. The Star Concept is a preview of what is to come – packed with interesting features and pitched as the “ultimate sanctuary”.
Few technical details are provided, beyond confirmation of a four-wheel-drive layout and a battery-based skateboard platform. Instead, we catch a glimpse of the brand’s new design language, with Lincoln’s tenets of beauty, human, gliding, and sanctuary on full display.
Imaged for a future of autonomous vehicles, the Star is intended to be more of a lounge on wheels than a vehicle you have to drive. The cabin is a space of luxury with extra-spacious wraparound seating, reclined lounge posture, individual lounge leg rests and curated storage for devices and slippers, and a luxurious glass beverage chiller integrated between the back seats.
A curved horizontal display 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 and several unique finishes – work in harmony to create a modern, luxurious experience.
Three “rejuvenation moods” use light, sound, and scent to create a relaxing environment catered to the time of the day. The first mode, 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.” The remaining two moods are called ‘Mindful Vitality’ and ‘Evening Chill’.
The Star does some fun things with storage, too.
The SUV’s front trunk – possible with the removal of the internal combustion engine – acts like a giant drawer that pulls out. 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. Further to this, a reimagined rear cargo space features a lounge mode that transforms into a cozy, indulgent outdoor seat to “bring the destination closer.”
“Electrification is removing many traditional vehicle design constraints, allowing us to reimagine what a vehicle can be,” said Anthony Lo, Ford’s Chief Design Officer. “The Lincoln Star is a study of experiences and themes that push the boundaries of Lincoln design – and it’s just the start.”
Lincoln claims it is on track to launch four new EVs before the end of 2026, however, production designs are yet to be revealed.
The Lincoln brand is not currently sold in Australia, and no plans have been announced to import cars for the local market.
VIDEO: THE LINCOLN STAR CONCEPT | LINCOLN
26 April 2022