Ford Product Development Center
16 June 2002
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LINCOLN SENTINEL CONCEPT
Midnight grey green with grey interior
The Lincoln Sentinel concept was an early example of Ford's "new edge" design. Introduced at the 1996 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Lincoln Sentinel concept tested the market's acceptance of a radically different luxury Lincoln sedan.
New edge certainly was appropriate for the concept, which took the crisply creased chrome-capped fenders of the 1961 Continental and raised them to a new height. They flanked exaggerated cheese grater grilles with integrated projector headlights. The Sentinel concept was extreme, menacing and ominous. The grille, like the fence-like fenders, has a hint of heritage to it. The first Continental models had distinctive pointed hoods that were flanked by similar vertical grille bars.
Giant 20" wheels have a vented circumference with flat centers that emphasize their size. Impressive 225 40/R 20 Goodyear tires with custom tread design fill giant wheel wells thrust out to the nearly vertical body sides but are still surrounded by flares suggesting even more expansive urges.
The Lincoln Sentinel concept's roof is a continuous arch marked by barely perceptible edges to the tinted windows. Jack Telnack, Ford's vice president, Corporate Design, described the Lincoln Sentinel concept as "skin wrapped tightly over the mechanical, almost like shrink-wrap." There is an almost palpable tension about the Sentinel concept's design, intent and execution.
The Lincoln Sentinel concept was executed in both functional and platform models. The operating Sentinel concept is equipped with a V12.
Its presence is so impressive, so overpowering, that there would be no discussion, no negotiation.
Unfortunately for Tony Soprano, (a mobster from the hit HBO TV show The Sopranos) however, the Lincoln Sentinel concept offered here is a platform show concept. It has only a dummy interior and the doors do not work. The wheels are plastic, as are the tinted windows. The grille bars are creatively formed from clear plastic nicely complementing the clear covers over the projector-style headlamps. Its paint is excellent, as is the chrome exterior trim.
The Lincoln Sentinel concept is a statement in the elegant and tasteful tradition of its classic forebears, flavored with more than a little Nineties' power. It's a great combination. The Lincoln Sentinel concept would be a sensation parked on the driveway at home!
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