Lincoln has taken the cover off the 2018 Navigator, an all-new SUV that is likely to cause waves in the luxury full-size SUV segment. The new Navigator is feating a host of luxury features, more power and an elegant new design.
Last year at the New York Auto Show the brand revealed a concept version of this new Navigator. Unsurprisingly, the production version isn’t far from the concept. The new Navigator has a tall front clip with Lincoln’s new grille design first utilized on the Continental. Large LED headlight round out the new face. A tall belt line and rear light bar (also borrowed from Continental) tie up the exterior design.
Much like the exterior, the Navigator interior also borrows many of its cues from both last year’s concept and the Continental. The highlight of this interior is a new 12-inch touchscreen display in the center console that features SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. An additional screen is found in the gauge cluster, while real buttons and an electronic gear selector keep the design simple.
Second row passengers can enjoy their own climate control system, while even third row passengers have a power recline feature.
The elegant interior design features a host of new-to-Navigator features, such as Perfect Position 30-way power front seats that cool, heat and massage. While getting their massage, passengers can play online with a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot in the car. Owners that have a Sling Box at their home can also stream their cable or satellite TV service into their Navigator’s rear-seat entertainment system.
Power is coming from the latest version of Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, like the 2018 Ford Expedition. However, the Navigator is getting the same version of the 3.5-liter that powers the Ford F-150 Raptor, which means 450 horsepower and a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Despite the power increase, the Navigator is slated to have an improvement in fuel economy over the current version. Fuel economy is partially aided by the fact the Navigator has lost about 200 pounds by switching to a mostly aluminum body, like its Ford brothers.
Details such as fuel economy and towing figures will be revealed closer to the Navigator’s launch. The 2018 Lincoln Navigator is slated to go on sale this fall.