SPIED: 2018 Lincoln Navigator Test Mule
Continental Grille and Upscale Styling On the Way for Next-Gen Escalade Rival
The 2018 Lincoln Navigator was spied testing in Detroit recently, giving us a few clues as to what to expect from the next-generation fullsize SUV. The test mule also seems to use a good number of pieces and parts from the upcoming Ford Expedition, but we expect the Lincoln to feature more unique styling compared to its less expensive sibling.
Although it’s hidden by plastic camouflage, the Navigator’s front grille looks to borrow extensively from the Lincoln Continental sedan. A chrome radiator shell and bold Lincoln logo are apparent behind the black plastic, and the headlamps look to borrow much from the gorgeous Navigator concept from May 2016.
We’re not paying too much attention to the side or rear body styling of this test mule, as everything aft of the A-pillar looks like a Ford Expedition. We desperately hope Lincoln gives its flagship unique styling, and the floating, windswept roofline and greenhouse of the Navigator concept would do just fine. Given how mismatched the graceful front end and blocky rear body look on this vehicle, we expect the production 2018 Lincoln Navigator to adopt almost nothing from the Expedition, styling-wise.
What it will inherit from Ford’s fullsize is an EcoBoost powertrain and extensive use of aluminum in its body structure. With the F-150’s second-generation twin-turbo 3.5L V-6 now producing 375 hp and 470 lb-ft, we expect the 2018 Navigator to boast more than 400 hp and perhaps as much as 500 lb-ft. Those numbers would compare well to the 2017 Escalade’s 420hp/460–lb-ft 6.2L V-8. Coupled with a platform that may weigh 500 pounds less than the current Navigator, we expect good performance from the upcoming SUV.
The company hasn’t revealed any specific production plans, but we expect the SUV to hit the market within a year. The 2018 Lincoln Navigator should follow closely behind its Ford Expedition sibling, also rumored for a late-2017 release.
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