The all-new 2018 Lincoln Navigator full-sized luxury SUV has been unveiled at the New York Auto Show with more power, more features and less weight.
Looking virtually identical to the Navigator concept shown last year with exception of the giant gull-wing doors, the all-new 2018 Lincoln Navigator brings the new face of Lincoln to their full-sized SUV, now lighter by some 200 pounds courtesy of its aluminum body construction.
Sharing much of its bodywork with the recently unveiled 2018 Ford Expedition, the Lincoln gets its own unique sheet metal up front complete with speed dependent adaptive LED headlamps and a prominent chrome grille that features an available illuminated emblem.
The rear power lift gate and tail lamps are also unique to the Navigator with a more horizontal design approach, though the greenhouse and upper roof spoiler design are shared with the Ford Expedition the Navigator features a flush wrap around rear glass from the doors back and its own unique rear bumper.
Powering the Navigator is a 3.5 liter EcoBoost engine tuned up from the Ford however with 450 horsepower. It’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and features auto-stop-start technology to save fuel.
The engine, transmission, traction control and an adaptive suspension is tied to multiple drive modes that Lincoln has given some cute names to like “Excite”, “Deep Conditions” and “Conserve” among others.
For those who tow, the Navigator gets the handy trailer backup assist system first seen on the Ford F-150 that allows you to steer with a dash mounted knob and while specs haven’t been given it should have class leading towing capability.
The interior is where Lincoln really went to work, offering a clean sheet of paper design that’s simple and uncluttered. New materials and finishes can be found across the dash, the door panels and the console and leather seats are standard fare.
A floating infotainment screen sits at the center of the dash with a row of buttons below to select your gears. The instrument cluster is a full 12-inch TFT screen that offers crisp graphics and multiple customizable information sets.
Artfully designed chairs Lincoln calls “Perfect Position Seats” can be adjusted 30 ways, offer heating and cooling as well as a massage system functionality. Rear seat passengers can also have their own controls for audio and HVAC
Available is a comprehensive rear-seat entertainment system with multiple screens that allows passengers to stream content and can play different content on each screen. There’s also optional a high-end Revel audio system with 20 speakers.
When the 2018 Lincoln Navigator arrives later this year it will be available with the new Black Label treatment for those wanting to dial it all the way up. Final specifications and pricing will be along closer to its on sale date but expect it to cost more than the current Navigator.