NEW YORK, NY: The 2018 Lincoln Navigator introduced at the New York Auto Show, is the first major redesign of the luxury full-sized SUV in nearly a decade.
It remains as big and imposing as its predecessor but with a new classy and sleek exterior and a much improved luxurious interior.
I was surprised at how closely the exterior of the full production model actually resembled the prototype that has been doing the rounds. Obviously the gull-wing doors and extending staircase didn’t make it, but the over all look and design is very similar.
The new Navigator displayed at the show came with the same colour scheme and the same wheels as the prototype.
As big and impressive as it is, the over all weight has been reduced by 100 kg, primarily due to the new high-strength aluminium body and with the addition of laminated front and side glass reduces exterior noise levels make it the quietest Navigator cabin ever.
The Navigator will come with a V6 twin-turbo engine that is estimated to produce 450 hp and is matched to a 10 speed automatic transmission.
The interior layout is clean and uncluttered and has been designed specifically with luxury and ride comfort in mind with Lincoln promoting first class seating for all passengers.
Even when it 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.
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.
Every seat is within easy reach of one of a dozen power outlets spread throughout the cabin with connectivity for everyone by means of a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The Navigator also offers speed-dependent adaptive lighting, a new 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.
The technology offered in this new Navigator is mind boggling, proving that Lincoln is now producing vehicles aimed at younger, tech-savvy customers, but keeping the level of luxury that still appeals to their already discerning customers.
The 2018 Lincoln Navigator will be available in Canada in the fall.