Lincoln unveils new EV concept car to celebrate its century

Legendary US car manufacturer Lincoln may be better known in New Zealand thanks to its part in the hit Netflix show The Lincoln Lawyer, but that might change if its new EV concept car comes to Aotearoa.

The L100 concept, a nod to the company's 1922 Model L car, contains technology that will transform anyone's idea of what driving is.

The autonomous vehicle has no steering wheel or pedals, but for safety reasons passengers can override it if necessary.

To do that, they can use what Lincoln calls a "chess piece", essentially a miniature model of the car that sits on the centre console screen. 

With no need for a steering wheel, it means the interior can be transformed into an entertainment space - or perhaps even an office.

The front seats can be turned around to face the rear, with a floor-mounted screen to help the ambience and a glass roof to allow natural light into the car.

It also ditches animal leather for an interior of recycled fabric, has reverse-hinged doors and a roof that raises to help passengers enter the car.

Lincoln president Joy Falotica said over the last 100 years Lincoln had "pioneered multiple innovations and pushed the boundaries of design that have come to define our brand as we know and love it today".

"With the Model L100 Concept, we reimagine what the Lincoln sanctuary might look like for our clients of tomorrow moving us forward to define the next chapter of the Lincoln story."