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UPDATED - 2018 Lincoln Navigator Brings Big Power, Tech to Fullsize SUVs

Lincoln’s SUV Flagship Combines Hedonism, High-Tech

Apr 11, 2017
Since its introduction in 1998, Lincoln has been battling for the hearts of fullsize luxury SUV buyers against its arch-nemesis, the Cadillac Escalade. Even with a one-year head start over the Caddy, the Navigator has never quite been able to close the sales gap against the Escalade, and many have been relegated to livery duty since the discontinuation of the Town Car. Lincoln is hoping to change a lot of perceptions about the Navigator with the 2018 model, and at first glance, we’d say they’re poised to succeed.
Photo 2/41   |   2018 Lincoln Navigator Exterior Front Quarter View 02 Ttn Nyias
Like its predecessors, the ’18 model shares a platform with the Ford Expedition. Like the ’18 Expedition, the Navigator features an all-aluminum (minus the firewall) body, and remains powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5L V-6. In the Navigator, it now makes a healthy 450 hp. Torque figures were not announced, but the specs sound suspiciously familiar to those of the high-output 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 in the Ford F-150 Raptor. Officially, turbocharged, gasoline-direct-injection engines are no longer “EcoBoost” in Lincoln-speak, due to the brand’s distinct positioning in the Ford corporate hierarchy. Like the Expedition and F-150, the engine will be mated exclusively to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Although official figures were not announced, Lincoln is claiming “class-leading” towing capacity for fullsize luxury SUVs. For reference, the Escalade currently has a maximum towing capacity of 8,300 pounds.
Functional and high-tech features include speed-dependent adaptive lighting that provides a wider light pattern at low speeds, and a more focused beam at higher speeds to reduce glare from road signs or other distractions. Also available is adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera system, enhanced park assist, and trailer backup assist.
If you were simply looking for a workhorse, then buy a Super Duty. Lincolns are all about luxury, and the ’18 Navigator doesn’t disappoint. The Reserve and Black Label trims of the SUV feature a sequential lighting scheme that gradually illuminates the Lincoln logo in the grille as the driver approaches. As the driver gets closer, the lower front body LED accent lighting and taillights illuminate, and finally, a Lincoln luminous “welcome mat” under the front doors. Preferences for different drivers can be stored in the key fob with Lincoln’s new Personal Profile, including seat, mirror, pedal and entertainment settings. Following in the footsteps of the upscale trims of the F-Series trucks, the Navigator offers not one, but three available Black Label upscale trims. For the ultimate in comfort, the driver and front passenger seats offer massage, heating and cooling functions, as well as a mind-boggling 30-way adjustability.
Photo 9/41   |   2018 Lincoln Navigator Black Label 011
Lincoln’s signature pushbutton shifter gets a unique twist with a “piano” style horizontal drive selector in between the vents and climate and audio controls. The semi-floating front console offers storage space between the dashboard and center console.
Naturally, the new Navigator is equipped to integrate with all of your devices, whether Android or iOS, and offers an available wireless charging system in the front center console. No matter what your device, you’ll be able to charge it or stream from it with six USB ports, four 12-volt power outlets, and a 110-volt AC power plug. Second row passengers get their own climate and entertainment controls, and third-row passengers enjoy power-reclining seats. Still not enough? Thanks to Ford’s partnership with Sling Media, customers with a Slingbox device at home can enjoy their home satellite or cable TV on-the-go. The built-in 4G LTE hotspot allows up to 10 devices to connect simultaneously. For audiophiles, a 20-speaker Revel II audio system delivers concert-quality audio with three listening modes – stereo, audience and on-stage.
Photo 10/41   |   2018 Lincoln Navigator Exterior Front Grille Ttn Nyias
Neither pricing nor an on-sale date were announced, but don’t be shocked if a fully loaded Navigator comes close to $100,000, if not a little more. That’s about where the Escalade is now, and if you venture into any of the European luxury SUVs, you’d be lucky to get away for that little. We expect the Navigator to go on sale in the fall.
Source: Lincoln

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