Lincoln has announced plans to electrify its entire model by 2030, and will launch a new all-electric SUV next year to coincide with the brand’s centennial birthday. Ford’s luxury goods department stated that this is part of the Ford+ roadmap, involving an investment of more than 30 billion U.S. dollars, and added that it is expected that half of global sales by 2025 will be zero-emission vehicles.
The unnamed EV will join the plug-in hybrid version pilot And Corsair, and will be built on a modular platform that can accommodate rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive electric power systems.
It was previously reported that Rivian’s electric platform will support Lincoln’s EV SUV, but the plan was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Lincoln did not provide any details about its platform, but said that the architecture will also be used for “four new and unique all-electric vehicles.”
While announcing this news, Lincoln also made some previews of the appearance of its upcoming EV SUV. It is said that the design is inspired by the Zephyr Reflection concept car that was unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show in April, which demonstrated the brand’s “quiet flight” concept.
According to the image provided, the face of the SUV will be equipped with LED lighting that spans the grille and extends to the headlights. At the same time, the lower apron has a vertical entrance on the side that meets the black trim, which helps to form a frame that should be a bumper guard.
As for the interior, the sketch shows a flat floor and four separate seats, as well as plenty of glass to help create an open and airy feeling. The dashboard is dominated by a coast-to-coast display, showing the brand’s constellation digital design language.
The company also spent some time discussing some of the technologies that will enter Lincoln, including the cloud-based Lincoln Intelligent System. Vehicles equipped with SYNC 4 will also receive updates to provide new features, and future plans include the use of an Android-based operating system.
Lincoln Active Glide is the brand’s new semi-autonomous driving mode with hands-free highway driving capabilities. It will also be unveiled soon with the support of a series of advanced cameras, radar and driver monitoring technologies.
Gallery: Lincoln Zephyr Reflection