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Lincoln’s new electric concept car combines the company’s past legacy with its vision for the future. Lincoln unveiled the futuristic design as a part of their 100-year anniversary celebration.

The vehicle has been dubbed the L100, and its design was inspired by the company’s first luxury vehicle, the 1922 Model L. The company has declined to release performance specifications for the concept vehicle, and it is not intended for production or sale.

“Concept vehicles allow us to reimagine and illustrate how new experiences can come to life with the help of advanced technologies and allow our designers more creative freedom than ever before,” said Anthony Lo, chief design officer for Lincoln’s parent company Ford, in a statement.

Despite the company’s claims that the concept car pays homage to Lincoln’s heritage, the design is all about the future. The vehicle is a sleek fastback with 360 degrees of glass encircling the cockpit and reverse-hinge-styled doors. Both the roof and doors open outwardly, a unique style characteristic that helps catapult the L100’s design into the future.

Another feature comes from Lincoln’s decision to replace the steering wheel with a “jewel-inspired chess piece controller that captures light and depth by redefining the vehicle controls inside the cabin.” The Lincoln badging appears as an illuminated display on the front of the vehicle as opposed to traditional physical badging. This is similar to the Star concept announced by the company earlier this year.

Lincoln has said it plans on releasing a series of fully electric vehicles in the next few years, including three by 2025 and a fourth by 2026. Plans for an all-electric SUV were in the works with electric vehicle startup Rivian as a partner, but have since been stalled by the global pandemic.

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