Lincoln L100

The Lincoln L100 concept is an autonomous electric coupe that opens like a ladybug

Lincoln unveiled the Model L100 Concept, an all-electric, autonomous concept car that honors the brand's past.

Unveiled at Monterey Car Week, it will participate in the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, which celebrates the brand's 100th birthday. Automaker says concept was inspired by 1922 Lincoln Model L, a highly regarded engineering showpiece for the brand.

“This is a pivotal time in our history. Over the last 100 years, Lincoln has pioneered multiple innovations and pushed the boundaries of design, said Joy Falotico, Lincoln president. With the Model L100 Concept, we reimagine the Lincoln sanctuary for our future clients and take a big step toward our next chapter.

Lincoln envisions an elegant future, so this design conveys that. A crystal greyhound hood ornament nods to its 100-year-old forebear. Coupes cut through the air with their "K-tail" and long, low proportions. Everything from the A-pillars back opens, creating a seamless body.

With doors that open like a ladybug's shell and a roof that pops up, the Model L100 Concept is supposed to give a "true sense of ceremony." And the pomp goes beyond the doors.

Inside and out, Lincoln uses lighting cues to welcome occupants with a "orchestrated symphony of lights." The lighting can follow people around the vehicle to customize their experience. It's also useful because it shows the battery's charge.

Inside and out, Lincoln uses lighting cues to welcome occupants with a "orchestrated symphony of lights." The lighting can follow people around the vehicle to customize their experience. It's also useful because it shows the battery's charge.

Inside, the vegan interior is made of warm, soft white seating materials and amethyst recycled suede. The exterior color is metallic paint and a ceramic tri-coat with frosted acrylic accents.

Spatially, the interior is designed to take advantage of the concept's autonomous and electric technology. Instead of a steering wheel or pedals, the car has a "chess piece controller."

For a more social atmosphere, all seats can face forward or each other. The simple folding front seat and flat, illuminated floor take advantage of the lack of powertrain components in the passenger cabin.

The Model L100 uses next-generation battery cell and pack technologies to deliver "game-changing energy density," according to Lincoln. It treats the vehicle as a system by integrating the batteries into its structure, enabling greater efficiency.

This concept allowed us to design a new experience unburdened by past limitations, said Lincoln's global design director Kemal Curic.

The ultimate expression of our Model L100 design is a vehicle that moves effortlessly, as if friction doesn't exist.

Lincoln's Model L100 Concept SUV is a followup to the brand's Star Concept SUV. It shows the company's design intentions for the electric era. The brand promises EVs by 2025 as its next step forward.