2019 Lincoln Black Label Navigator
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Redesigned for the 2018 model year, the Lincoln Navigator finally has what it takes to compete against the current Cadillac Escalade. It also comes in a long-wheelbase version and with the company’s recently introduced, more luxurious Black Label package. The latter has become so appealing that even TV celebrity and car collector Jay Leno ordered one. However, Leno requested some aftermarket extras and showcased the SUV at the 2018 SEMA Show.
Although it’s pretty much a stock Black Label model, it stands out thanks to its unique paint, wheels, and customized interior. Although it was conceived by the Lincoln Design Studio, this Navigator was actually customized by Van Nuys and Galpin Motors & Auto Sports. The Black Label Navigator will join the 1966 Lincoln Continental the Jay Leno purchased earlier in 2018.
2019 Lincoln Black Label Navigator
What makes the Lincoln Black Label Navigator special
- All Black Label features
- Chroma Crystal Blue paint
- Black hood and roof
- Darkened chrome trim
- Bespoke wheels
- Yacht Club interior theme
- New seating color accents
- Extra Venetian leather
- Backlit door sill plates
- Standard engine
- 450 horsepower
Jay Leno went all-in on this project and picked a Black Label model with a long wheelbase as a starting point. As if the Black Label trim isn’t fancy enough with its body-colored bumpers, satin chrome trim, illuminated Lincoln star, and dual exhaust setup, Leno asked for a bespoke paint and a two-tone layout.
The SUV is finished in Chroma Crystal Blue, a light shade of blue with metallic accents, but the engine hood, the roof, and the pillars are black.
Yes, it looks a bit like a Rolls-Royce, but it definitely makes the Navigator stand out among other SUVs.
It also sports darker chrome accents on the grille and bumper, as well as darker privacy glass with a smoky tint. A set of bespoke, multi-spoke wheels in a turbine-inspired design rounds off the custom exterior.
Inside the cabin, Jay Leno went with the Yacht Club theme. One of the most popular options of the Black Label model, it includes Coastal Blue Venetian leather and Blue Bay Alpine leather.
The light blue hide almost matches the blue paint on the outside and covers the door panels and center sections of the seats. The other blue is very dark, so we could say that the interior mimics the two-tone layout of the exterior.
Additional features selected by Leno include new seating color accents, including contrast stitching, the wrapping touch points in Venetian leather, and custom, backlit door sill plates.
Of course, like any Black Label model out there, this Navigator is packed with luxury features. Highlights include genuine wood, leather steering wheel, carpeted floor, a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, cruise control, and every driving assist feature available from Lincoln.
Lincoln had nothing to say about the drivetrain, so it’s safe to assume that this SUV remains standard under the hood. But this isn’t an issue, as the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 in the Navigator is the high-output version used in the Ford F-150 Raptor.
The mill cranks out an impressive 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of twist and sends it to the wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The SUV can tow up to 8,600 pounds, a bit more than the Cadillac Escalade.
Granted, the stock Navigator isn’t as wild as Hennessey’s 600-horsepower version, but I’m pretty sure Jay Leno didn’t order this SUV for quarter-mile races. The cool thing is that something similar should cost a lot more than the standard Black Label, long-wheelbase model, which retails from $100,890.
Read our full review on the 2018 Lincoln Navigator.