New York 2016: Lincoln rolls out new Navigator Concept

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Gullwing doors, staircase highlight new Lincoln Navigator Concept luxury SUV

Lincoln brings the SUV game to a new level as it rolled out the new Navigator Concept at the 2016 New York International Auto Show.

"The all-new Navigator Concept reinforces our commitment to give every Lincoln client what we call quiet luxury - vehicles and experiences that are elegant, effortlessly powerful and serene," said Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln.

Inspired by luxury sailboats and yachts, the new Navigator Concept combines clean, modern lines finished off with a Storm Blue paint finish on the outside combined with teak finishes and custom gear and wardrobe management inside.

Under the hood is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost tuned to 406 PS; the engine is similarly found in the Ford Expedition, Explorer Sport, F-150 and even the Ford GT supercar. It will feature smart active safety tech to ensure road holding ability on different surfaces and weather conditions. 

New selectable drive modes allow customizable ride and handling according to the driver's mood which alters steering, suspension and noise levels. A matching digital animation in the instrument cluster indicates the driving mode.

With focus being placed on understated luxury, the interior receives a significant amount of attention in terms of space and refinement with a primarily light blue hue finished in leather.

All six seats will feature Lincoln-patented Perfect Position Seats adjust 30 ways to best support occupants' different body types. 

The driver's seat also includes independent deployable thigh supports for maximum comfort. A large panel display gives the driver key information and can be customized using the digital touch screen in the center stack.

Because we live in a connected world, head restraint monitors provide Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing wireless streaming of content and music from mobile devices. In car entertainment is provided by an audio visual system by Revel. 

It even comes with a custom wardrobe management system holds gear chosen for a day on the water. 

For safety, it features Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, which uses radar and camera technology to scan the road ahead and a lane-keeping system vibrates the steering wheel to alert drivers they are straying from their lane and provides mild steering input to encourage them to steer back toward the center of the lane.

A new enhanced park assist system features a 360-degree view from four cameras to create an overhead image allowing drivers to see all around the vehicle.

To top it all off, passengers will be welcomed by power gullwing doors with deployable concertina steps and a special lighting sequence.

"This kind of quiet luxury sets Lincoln apart. Now, we're showing fans of large SUVs how we can exceed their expectations, without being the loudest statement on the road," added Galhotra.

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