Ford premium brand Lincoln said it would launch its first global fully electric vehicle in 2022 as the first step toward electrifying its entire model line by the end of the decade.
The new electric model will make its 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 all its vehicles by 2030. This is part of the company’s Ford+ plan and the parent company’s planned investment of US$30bn in electrification by 2025.
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 model will join the plug-in hybrid Aviator and Corsair SUVs.
Lincoln also plans to deliver enhanced connected services as it prepares for electrification.
The fully electric Lincoln will have a more spacious interior with “clever” storage and minimalistic panels, a larger, panoramic vista roof and a ‘coast-to-coast’ display which offers a sweeping view of the horizon.
Lincoln’s new digital design language – Constellation – includes exclusive themes showcasing the night sky. Passengers can choose the theme that best reflects their current mood.
New technology will provide always-on relationships with owners, offering more connected vehicle ‘experiences’. 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 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 Nautilus owners 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 autumn.
Lincoln will later launch ActiveGlide hands-free highway driving technology using advanced camera, radar and driver monitoring technologies which 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.
Lincoln is exploring more ways for occupants 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.
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.