Anton Andres / Lincoln | April 12, 2017 16:27
Lincoln's full-size SUV soldiers on to a fourth-generation
With the fourth-generation Ford Expedition making its debut earlier this year, it was only a matter of time before an all-new Lincoln Navigator would be revealed. At this year's New York Auto Show, the automaker revealed the 2018 Navigator just a few months after the unveiling of its less opulent Ford sibling.
While The gullwing doors and the staircase entry did not make it to production, the all-new Navigator's exterior design bears a striking resemblance to the concept shown last year. At the front, the shape of the headlights are similar to the concept but features a different LED light signature. The production version's front bumper also has more air intakes as opposed to the concept's flush design. It does retain the large chrome grill, as well as the three character lines on the hood.
On to its side, it is largely carried over from the concept save for a more conventional door and entry set-up. A subtle character line connects the front and the rear lights while a prominent Navigator badge can be seen on the fenders. Towards the rear, it has large tail lights that are connected by a chrome bar and a wide red strip. It also features an integrated tailgate spoiler, roof rails and an optional panoramic sunroof.
Inside, the fourth-generation Lincoln Navigator's design is significantly different from the SUV it's based on, the Expedition. For starters, the dashboard has a different shape, being more rounded at the center section, as well as a different approach to the infotainment screen and rectangular air-conditioning vents. The center console is also mounted higher and, instead of soft touch foam, the Navigator's dash is trimmed in leather.
Lincoln is also promoting the new Perfect Position Seats, which offer massage, heating and cooling functionality, and can be adjusted up to 30 different ways. All models come standard with SYNC 3 with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Second-row passengers have their own audio and climate control, while third-row seats feature power recline capability. Other options include a rear entertainment system with ten-inch screens and a Revel II audio system with 20 speakers.
Under the hood of the 2018 Navigator is an uprated version of Ford's 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. While the official power figures have yet to be released, Lincoln says it in the region of 400 PS. It then shifts via a ten-speed automatic transmission. The automaker adds that their full-sized SUV is 91 kilograms lighter thanks to a lighter, high-strength aluminum-alloy body.