Lincoln EV Star concept teases wild new design and features
Lincoln hopes to redefine its brand and create a new kind of vehicle with its Star concept vehicle, the brand’s first electric vehicle and the first vehicle we’ve seen that uses the new architecture developed by Ford for its next generation of electric vehicles.
Full of fresh ideas, the Star asks who needs a grille, argues for see-through trunks and offers a design that paves the way for future Lincoln electric vehicles.
Neither a traditional SUV nor a sedan, the Star concept is “the first important step towards our electrified future,” said Lincoln’s global product manager John Jraiche. “It will be our guiding star.”
Lincoln will introduce three new electric vehicles representing more than half of its global sales by the end of 2025. A fourth electric vehicle will go on sale in 2026.
The Star is not one of those vehicles. Featuring innovative technology and design, it’s a throwback to the days when concept vehicles were used to introduce new ideas, testing the public acceptance of some, sparking early customer interest in new ideas. others.
The four upcoming EVs will all be “informed” by the Star, Jraiche said.
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The new EV architecture, which will underpin a wide range of Ford and Lincoln brand vehicles, has allowed engineers to create a spacious interior with a focus on comfort, connectivity and what Lincoln calls “rejuvenation”.
Say goodbye to the grille
“It’s a shining example of what happens when we combine Lincoln luxury with flexible electric architecture to create unimaginable experiences for customers,” said Jim Farley, president and CEO of Ford Motor Co. “We can truly revolutionize the way people interact with the brand and extend that to an exciting line of products that catapult Lincoln into the digital and connected age.
The Star’s silhouette is reminiscent of a low, sleek SUV, but its nose presents a new concept. The grille and hood are lower than Lincoln’s large Aviator and Navigator SUVs to communicate a new sense of luxury and elegance.
“The days of the prominent internal combustion engine grille are over,” said Earl Lucas, Lincoln’s chief exterior design officer.
The interior has two rows of seats for five passengers, but as much space as in a current large SUV like the Aviator. The basic Star design can also accommodate a third row of seats.
In addition to its spaciousness, the interior features new digital concepts and a combination of light, sound and smell generated to match and enhance different moods.
The interior can create three “modes of rejuvenation”:
- Coastal morning – soft sounds, scent of sea mist and lighting “to replicate a beach walk at sunrise”.
- Conscious Vitality – Designed to re-energize the senses with upbeat sound, soft bright light, floral fragrance and moving digital artwork throughout the cabin.
- Evening chill — A soothing soundtrack with video of the night sky and the scent of evergreens.
The shape of the stand-alone instrument panel was influenced by the wings of the aircraft.
Why a transparent front trunk?
The Star can have rear or all-wheel drive. Lincoln hasn’t said anything about the range of power and battery sizes its upcoming EVs will offer.
The interior features a single pedal for one-pedal driving that many EV owners choose to maximize regenerative braking. Other features include dash-width video screens, rear video and 3D printed metal mesh accents on the A and D pillars
The front trunk is made of electrochromic glass that is clear when the vehicle is in motion, letting more light into the cabin to create a welcoming sanctuary.
The front trunk panels would become opaque when the Star is not moving, to avoid exposing its contents to passers-by.
Interior and exterior lighting is very important,” said Lincoln interior design chief Robert Gelardi. “The journey is the reward.”
The concept was designed and built at Lincoln’s studios in Dearborn, with input from around the world, particularly China, where the brand planned to unveil it this week before the Beijing auto show was canceled in due to COVID-19. China will be one of the first major markets for Lincoln’s electric vehicles.