Seat comfort is an underrated aspect of the car ownership experience. Sure, you want a car that looks pretty and drives well, but what’s the point if you feel uncomfortable? Whether it’s a long commute to and from work, or an extended road trip, you as a driver want seats that are supple enough to conform to your body yet sturdy enough to support you for the long drive ahead.
That’s where the Lincoln Motor Company and its Continental Concept car come in. With its all-new 30-way seat technology, Lincoln is promising “a seat that feels as if it were personally tailored for you each time,” to quote Ford Global Seat Systems Technical Specialist Jonathan Line. They’re called 30-way seats because there are 30 points of adjustment, including the seat track, head restraint, cushion extension, thigh support and lumbar support.
The 30-way adjustable seating that can be found in the Continental Concept relies on a comfort carrier suspension system. Made from plastic and a thin foam layer—along with an overlay of Venetian leather—the comfort carrier supports the passenger’s neck and shoulders thanks to a flexible design that conforms to the body’s individual shape.
In addition, the Continental seats are outfitted with two adjustable thigh cushions that can extend or contract as needed. Each leg can be adjusted independently of the other, thereby allowing the driver to rest one leg while the other is in use.
Since the return of the Continental brand was first announced, we’ve sough to provide recent updates about its design and production. Lincoln is obviously trying to meet the high expectations of their discriminating clientele. To that end, the Continental’s seat technology is patterned after first-class airplane seating that, according to Line, “goes beyond the one-size-fits-all design.”
Aside from the features already mentioned, the 30-way seats have other cool perks. For instance, drivers who need to chillax during stressful rush-hour traffic, the seats for the Continental Concept are outfitted with massage functions in the back and cushion that massage the driver’s leg and lower back muscles. Also, the seats can be heated or cooled according to the needs of the vehicle occupants.
If that’s not all, even the seat’s “buttcheeks” can flex to accommodate the posterior of its passengers—and yes, you read that last part correctly. Don’t believe us? Just view the video below to see the seat in action!