• Lincoln Teases Its First Global Fully Electric Vehicle

Lincoln’s Future Involves Mass Electrification by 2030 And It Starts Next Year With The Brand’s First EV

Lincoln has been around for a while. In fact, next year the luxury brand is celebrating its 100th anniversary. With this, Lincoln will also turn a new page in its history by unveiling its first fully electric model. This is the beginning of a new chapter, as the brand’s first EV will be followed by three more models, said to be the foundation of Lincoln’s new portfolio of fully electric vehicles. Moreover, we have a pretty good idea of what Lincoln’s first EV will be like.

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This move on behalf of Lincoln is part of the brand’s growth strategy for the U.S. and Chinese markets. As part of Ford Motor’s “Ford Plus” plan, the company will invest $30.0 billion in electrification by 2025.

By 2030, all Lincoln models are to be electrified.

Initially, we believed Lincoln’s first EV will be heavily based on the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. However, all four upcoming models will be based on Ford’s new rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive battery, electric flexible architecture, which means that none of them will share a platform with the Mustang Mach-E, as we initially expected.

As for what the first Lincoln EV would look like, we are promised to see an evolution of the brand’s signature “Quiet Flight” design, which is said to turn a car’s interior into a sanctuary, by providing more space and opulent luxury, complemented with the latest in connectivity. We will see a lot of design features showcased on the Zephyr Reflection concept at this year’sAuto Shanghai.

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The exterior of the first all-electric Lincoln is subtly hinted at in an image, showcasing the thin LED strips on at the front, interrupted in the middle by the glowing Lincoln emblem. As for the interior, the concept art suggests a highly futuristic design, with plenty of free space and four individual seats. We spot a digital display spanning the entire width of the dash, which is part of the new “Constellation” digital design language. The three side windows suggest the EV is going to have a two-box design.

Since the model is said to join the plug-in hybrid Aviator and Corsair SUV models as the next step in electrification, we are certain it’s going to be a crossover or an SUV. As for Lincoln’s electrification strategy, half of the brand’s lineup will consist of fully electric vehicles by 2025. In addition, a new all-electric Aviator has been confirmed that will share a platform with the upcoming Explorer EV. Another model that will gain electrical propulsion is the new Zephyr, which will be China-exclusive.

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The four upcoming models will be global, but they are expected to have the most success in the North American and Chinese markets, in both of which the luxury brand has been enjoying growth in sales. Chinese customers value luxury and the first electric model might very well set the tone for future sales for Lincoln’s upcoming EV lineup.

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Lincoln will debut its first global fully electric vehicle next year, the first step toward electrifying its entire portfolio of vehicles by the end of the decade. The new electric vehicle will debut as the brand celebrates its 100th anniversary next year and accelerates growth in North America and China.

By mid-decade, Lincoln expects half of its global volume will be zero-emissions vehicles and plans to electrify its portfolio of vehicles by 2030. This is part of the company’s Ford+ plan and Ford Motor Company’s planned investment of more than $30 billion in electrification by 2025.

“As we accelerate Lincoln’s transformation in North America and China, there is no better time to propel the Lincoln brand forward with electrification,” said Joy Falotico, president, Lincoln. “Electrification will take Quiet Flight to a new level with the smooth, exhilarating take-off feel and serene quietness our clients expect from a Lincoln.”

The company’s new rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive battery electric flexible architecture will enable Lincoln to deliver four new and distinct fully electric vehicles. The first fully electric Lincoln will join the plug-in hybrid Aviator and Corsair SUVs, as the brand shifts toward electrification.

Lincoln also plans to expand its portfolio of effortless and personalized experiences, using the Lincoln Way app to deliver an enhanced suite of connected services as it prepares for an electrified future.

“Our clients deserve the very best from Lincoln,” said Falotico. “Our world-class vehicles, effortless services and advanced connected technology will allow us to create an always-on relationship with them and help transform the Lincoln brand for the future.”

Evolution of Quiet Flight
Evolving the brand’s signature design and drive experience with maximized comfort for all, Lincoln’s unique electrified vision is a true representation of its Quiet Flight DNA. The debut of the Lincoln Zephyr Reflection concept at Auto Shanghai earlier this year hints to the brand’s future design philosophy and signature features it will offer.

Evolving Lincoln’s design, the fully electric Lincoln will deliver a more spacious interior that creates the ultimate expression of the Lincoln sanctuary. On approach, the exterior presents a striking, modern aesthetic, while the iconic Lincoln star evolves to meet an electrified future. Thoughtful details inside create a truly rejuvenating space for all, with clever storage solutions and minimalistic panels, while a larger, expansive panoramic vista roof enhances natural light and provides a more open, airy feel throughout.

With a coast-to-coast display that offers a sweeping view of the horizon, Lincoln’s new digital design language – Constellation – includes exclusive themes showcasing the night sky. Clients can choose the theme that best reflects their current mood.

Always-on and connected
Lincoln vehicles will introduce next-generation technology that helps the brand create always-on relationships with clients, offering more connected vehicle experiences through a new tech stack. The Lincoln Intelligence System, a cloud-based platform for integrating electrical, power distribution, computing systems in connected vehicles, enables a software-first approach to update performance without changing hardware – ultimately allowing a Lincoln vehicle to get better over time.

Continuous quality improvements, plus new features and capability updates for SYNC® 4-enabled vehicles will be rolled out through the Lincoln Enhance platform via over-the-air software updates. This summer, 2021 Lincoln Nautilus clients will receive their first software updates, including enhancements to their navigation system, Apple CarPlay and digital owner’s manual. A powerful new update to the hands-free digital assistant Alexa arrives this fall, bringing the seamless operations that clients have come to expect with their personal and home devices.

Soon, the brand will build on its comprehensive suite of advanced driver-assist features with the introduction of Lincoln ActiveGlide hands-free highway driving technology. Using advanced camera, radar and driver monitoring technologies, Lincoln ActiveGlide will allow a driver to operate hands-free on prequalified sections of divided highways called Hands-Free Blue Zones.

Future Lincoln vehicles will benefit from a unique digital platform built on top of the Android operating system for a constantly improving, ever more personalized ownership experience. The Lincoln Intelligence System will allow for the creation of more connected, sensory experiences.

Lincoln is exploring more ways for clients to enjoy their sanctuary – to use it as a space for personal relaxation through more connected features. With Rejuvenation mode for example, clients can create their own sensory environment through various display, lighting, climate, seat, massage, scent and audio settings. Lincoln designers and engineers are also experimenting with digital scenting techniques, exploring how warm, pleasant scents positively affect the mood and overall well-being of passengers.

“The space that surrounds you has an immense effect on your overall mood,” said Kemal Curic, design director, Lincoln. “Crafting a space that goes beyond the traditional – a serene sanctuary that elevates the senses and impacts a client’s mood every single day – reveals that as designers, we contribute so much more to the overall experience than just creating vehicles that look good.”

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