A Lincoln Continental concept car introduced Lincoln’s 30-way adjustable seat and escalated the stakes in luxury car interiors. Continental’s absurdly luxurious seats leave the driver feeling refreshed and rejuvenated—even after a long trip.
Lincoln Continental will feature a Venetian leather seat with 30 different motorized adjustments—including rolling massage and pieces that articulate for each of your butt cheeks.
How does Lincoln’s 30-way adjustable seat adjust?
- Six ways to adjust the seat’s lower cushion: forward/back, raise/lower front edge, raise/lower rear edge
- Two ways to adjust the seatback: raise/recline
- Four ways to adjust the headrest: forward/back, up/down
- Two ways to adjust the upper-back support: tilt forward/back
- Four ways to adjust the lower seat-cushion extensions, two telescoping segments that move fore/aft independently
- Four ways to adjust the thigh supports; these move up/down independently
- Four ways to adjust the lumbar support: up/down, inflate/deflate
- Two ways to adjust the seatback side bolsters—in/out
- And finally, two ways to adjust the lower seat-cushion bolsters—in/out
That much adjustment ability is moderately overwhelming to the average user trying to figure out how much support his derrière deserves.
The chair is so remarkable it could spawn 50 or more new patents for Ford.
The head of Lincoln’s seat department, Dan Ferretti, acknowledged the seat was inspired by practical ergonomics:
“There was a recognition early on that each of your legs is doing something different. One is, for the most part, continuously connected to the accelerator or brake pedal. The other leg is free to move about, sometimes you tuck it up under you, or stretch it out … you want to have different functionality and different support.”
Lincoln’s Advanced Seat Innovation Supervisor Jonathan Line stated that the seats give a very good indication of what will come standard in the eventual production vehicle.
Expect the industry as a whole to continue to refine their seats to promote comfort and circulation—especially if they’re aiming at the traditionally older demographics known to buy luxury cars.
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