It doesn’t have those cool gullwing doors, but it’s got everything else

When Lincoln showed off the Navigator Concept in New York last year, we thought for sure Lincoln was trying to give us a reach around without the happy ending. But, as it turns out, that isn’t the case at all. The new Lincoln Navigator doesn’t just show progressive thinking and a true understanding of public desire, but it looks nearly identical to the concept – something that just doesn’t happen these days with American-made vehicles. It’s got those long, beautiful body lines, that new grille design that’s prominent and dominating, the mildly aggressive hood, and a stylish fascia that is actually an improvement over the 2016 concept. And, if that isn’t enough, LED fog lights are hidden down below, while the headlight transfer straight over from concept with an even more modern look thanks to extremely clear lenses and a healthy dose of LED light. But, it doesn’t stop there.

It might not have the cool gullwing doors that the concept had, but you open those doors, and you’ll find one of the plushest interiors in this segment. A huge departure from the aged and overplayed current-gen model, this interior is also nearly identical to the concept. The dash is low and straight to the point, providing a firm basis for a spacious interior. Where the last-gen model was big and bulky, the new model is on-point and upscale – exactly what the Lincoln brand is supposed to stand for. The seats offer excessive padding and support while the center console serves as a nerve center for interior control. The infotainment system controls are integrated with the HVAC controls, a feature that saves space and simplifies things at the same time. A new shifter design (buttons on the dash) make the console more open and more like a command center than anything offered by the competition.

Want to learn more? Keep reading to hear the finer details.

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When approached with key fob in hand, the Lincoln logo on the grille will subtly illuminate. This is followed by the LED lighting in the lower fascia and the taillamps.

So, we’ve already established that the new Navigator looks gorgeous on the outside, but it’s about more than looks. The little things really make a car stand out, and the Navigator does just that. When approached with key fob in hand, the Lincoln logo on the grille will subtly illuminate. This is followed by the LED lighting in the lower fascia and the taillamps. Below the doors appears a Lincoln welcome mat – not a bad way for your ride to say hello, right?

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On the inside, you’ll find ambient lighting to go with a panoramic roof. There are three rows of seating that offer seating for seven, and an absolutely gorgeous interior all the way around. In the very back, you’ll find a new cargo management system that features an adjustable shelf that can be customized in a position to suit your needs. The shelf is designed to prevent cargo from tipping even if the vehicle is parked on an incline. There are a total of six USB ports, four 12-volt outlets, and a 110-volt outlet. As an option, you can get a wireless phone charger for front passengers as well. A new feature known as personal profile allows the vehicle to automatically adjust things based on driver preference before you even sit down inside the vehicle. This includes adjusting the seating position, mirror position, pedal position, and even the climate control settings. Front seats feature massage, heating, and cooling functionality, and can be adjusted 30 different ways to ensure you’re always comfortable on long trips and short runs.

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On the inside, you’ll find ambient lighting to go with a panoramic roof. There are three rows of seating that offer seating for seven, and an absolutely gorgeous interior all the way around.

Infotainment is handled by Lincolns SYNC3 system, which comes complete with phone connectivity via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Second-row passengers get their own center console complete with HVAC and audio controls. Third-row occupants enjoy a power recline feature, something that surely makes the third row a bit more comfortable. If you opt for the rear seat entertainment package, you’ll get a pair of 10-inch screens mounted to the back of the front seats. Passengers can stream content wirelessly or via an SD card, USB connection, or HDMI cable. Finally, you can opt for a Revel Ultima audio system with a total of 20 speakers – it’s said to transform the cabin into a personal theater. Want to take a road trip?

Finally, let’s talk about the greasy bits before we sign off for the day. Under the hood sits a twin-turbo V-6 engine. Lincoln has yet to release any real information but says that it’s projected to produce upward of 450 horsepower and delivers power to the wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. We suspect this is the same high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 found in the new Ford F-150 Raptor. The aluminum-alloy body helps the Navigator shed some 200 pounds over the last-gen model. The Navigator also gets speed-dependent adaptive lighting that will supply a wider beam of light at lower speeds and a refined beam at highway speeds.

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Under the hood sits a twin-turbo V-6 engine. Lincoln has yet to release any real information but says that it’s projected to produce upward of 450 horsepower and delivers power to the wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission.

There’s no word on pricing quite yet, but it’s set to go on sale for the 2018 model year. That said, we should receive full specs, additional details, and full pricing information sometime in the third quarter of 2017. Until then, let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Press Release

Lincoln today introduces the 2018 Navigator, an all-new full-size SUV that combines modern luxury with advanced technology – elevating family travel to first class.

Wireless charging and standard Wi-Fi keep everyone connected. Advanced technology allows the driver to effortlessly adjust the vehicle to make driving easier or more enjoyable – in any weather or terrain. With more space for your belongings than any other large SUV*, the all-new Navigator assures almost nothing is left behind.

“Quiet luxury is both a look and a feeling,” says Kumar Galhotra, president, The Lincoln Motor Company. “The all-new Navigator embodies both. The sleek styling, spacious interior and technology are all designed to make each trip effortless.”

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Modern elegance

Navigator’s elegance is on display before the doors even open. Upon approach, the

chrome Lincoln star logo on the grille softly illuminates**. Then, LED lighting in the lower front body and taillamps subtly engages, and a luminous Lincoln welcome mat

appears beneath the front doors.

At night, interior ambient lights sequentially illuminate each of the SUV’s three rows. During the day, a panoramic roof fills the cabin with natural light.

A twin-turbo V6 engine projected to produce 450 horsepower provides smooth power whenever you need it, delivered through a 10-speed transmission. Navigator’s lighter,

high-strength aluminum-alloy body removes nearly 200 pounds, helping create a more refined ride.

Additional weight savings have been reinvested in features such as towing capability and quietness. For example, laminated front and side glass contributes to the quietest Navigator cabin ever.

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The all-new Navigator offers speed-dependent adaptive lighting, a new Lincoln technology that provides a wider spread of light at lower speeds for increased visibility – helpful when driving through residential areas. As the vehicle accelerates, the beam of light narrows to help eliminate the glare off signs or other distractions.

Beneath the sleek interior are inclination and intrusion sensors, which trigger an alarm if someone attempts to move or enter the vehicle.

Spacious, luxurious interior

Inside, spaciousness comes in all three rows, including storage in each to keep the cabin clean and organized. The all-new Navigator’s advanced cargo management system offers an adjustable shelf behind the rear seats that allows clients to create storage customized to their needs. Even with the vehicle parked on an incline, the feature ensures groceries won’t roll out when the liftgate is opened.

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The interior layout is clean and uncluttered, with a simple, soothing ambience.

“When designing the Navigator, we put an emphasis on ultra-luxury touch points,” says David Woodhouse, Lincoln design director. “We took everything the client would see and touch, and made sure it would look and feel a little more exuberant, a little more indulgent and incredibly beautiful.”

Staying connected is easy in the all-new Navigator with six USB ports, four 12-volt power outlets and a 110-volt plug. An available wireless phone charger in the first-row center console media bin eliminates tangled cords.

The client experience is further elevated through Lincoln’s new Personal Profile. It uses the key fob to recall individual driver preferences for adapting seat, mirror and pedal positions, as well as climate control and entertainment settings.

For owners desiring a more personalized look, Navigator comes with three Lincoln Black Label options – an exclusive collection of interior design themes and materials, plus a host of membership privileges.

First-class seating for all Even when the all-new Navigator is fully packed, each occupant can sit in comfort. The driver and front-seat passenger enjoy Perfect Position Seats, which offer massage, heating and cooling functionality, and can be adjusted up to 30 different ways.

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Standard SYNC® 3 with both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility enables clients to manage audio, phone, navigation and more from the vehicle touch screen or steering wheel-mounted controls. Second-row passengers have their own audio and climate control, while third-row seats feature power recline capability.

An available rear-seat entertainment system allows passengers to stream content wirelessly with an Android device to one of the 10-inch adjustable screens mounted on the rear of the front seats. Content also can be accessed through more traditional devices like an SD card, an HDMI cord or a USB, as well as through SYNC AppLink™, which permits the front-seat passenger to monitor and select viewing content.

Each screen can display different content, allowing a personalized entertainment experience for every passenger. Through Lincoln’s agreement with Sling Media, those who own a Slingbox can access their TV channels on the go. The standard Wi-Fi allows for up to 10 mobile devices at a time to be connected.

Clients can enjoy available Revel® Ultima audio with 20 speakers that work in concert with Navigator’s interior design and acoustics. This transforms the cabin into a personal theater with three distinct listening modes – stereo, audience and on-stage.

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Family-friendly technology

Navigator is designed to be intuitive and easy to use. A 12-inch configurable instrument cluster allows drivers to choose the information they want displayed. An available Head- Up Display can show selected information on the windshield instead of the instrument cluster. This helps drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

It’s also easy to adjust to changing conditions. With the turn of a dial, the driver can adapt the Navigator to changing road or weather, and enjoy a smooth, confident ride.

Additional available technology includes:

Trailer Backup Assist, which automatically steers the vehicle to turn a trailer the desired amount – meaning less time required to perform the task. Navigator is expected to deliver more towing capability than any other premium full-size SUV
360-degree camera and enhanced park assist, which reduce stress from parallel and perpendicular parking. The system integrates views from four cameras to create an overhead image so the driver can see all around the vehicle
Adaptive cruise control, which automatically slows Navigator in stop-and-go traffic– resuming speed when traffic allows

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