Lincoln replaced the steering wheel with a “chess piece controller” in its L100 model concept |

Lincoln replaced the steering wheel with a “chess piece controller” in its L100 model concept |

Monterey Car Week has been a hotbed for EV debuts this year, with reveals from Dodge, Acura, DeLorean and a host of other automakers. On Thursday, Lincoln unveiled the L100 model, its futuristic foray into electrified mobility inspired by the company’s first-ever luxury sedan, the 1922 Model L.

Lincoln Model L 100 Concept

Lincoln Motors

Like its pre-Depression predecessor, the L100 model exhibits a startling level of opulence. “Next-generation battery cell and pack technologies,” the Thursday statement said, will deliver “game-changing energy density,” while replacing the steering wheel with “jewel-inspired chess piece controls that capture light and depth by redefining vehicle control in of the cabin.” That fancy yoke won’t do much good for actual steering, as the vehicle’s theoretical autonomous driving capabilities will take care of the navigation.

Lincoln Model L 100 Concept

Lincoln Motor Co

“Concept vehicles allow us to rethink and illustrate how new experiences can be brought to life using advanced technologies, and give our designers more creative freedom than ever before,” said Anthony Lo, Ford’s chief design officer, in an explanation. “With the L100 model, we’ve been able to push the boundaries in a way that advances our Quiet Flight brand DNA and changes the way we think about tomorrow’s Lincoln designs.”

Lincoln Model L 100 Concept

Lincoln Motor Co

Other fantastic design details include animal-free interiors with front-row seats that rotate to face rear passengers (good thing the car drives itself), a digital floor and canopy that projects realistic animated scenes onto the floor and ceiling a fully lengthwise opening glass roof and gullwing doors that open like a lily.

Lincoln Model L 100 Concept

Lincoln Motors

There’s no word yet on when the production vehicle resulting from this concept will arrive. Unfortunately, many of the ideas presented here are inevitably cut short by going the route of Mercedes’ awesome, Avatar-inspired trunk hatch wigglers.

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