We asked. Lincoln delivered. The automaker’s all-new redesigned 2018 Navigator will seemingly be offered in the blue color we’ve been drooling over, well, forever.
Lincoln rolled out a very luxurious, can’t miss me Lincoln Navigator this week at the New York Auto Show.
Whereas the older generation model was just a refresh of what had been around awhile, this is truly all-new. And it’s every bit as great as we’d hoped it would be when Lincoln debuted the Concept version. Well, minus the wing doors, which were always just for show. Other than a few design tweaks, Lincoln barely strayed at all from the gorgeous concept it’s been showing off over the past year, those gorgeous wheels included.
The big point we need to make right off the top is that this Navigator is the real deal when it comes to luxury. We’re talking french-stiched leather seats throughout. Heated and cooled 30-way power seats with massage. A huge panoramic sunroof.
The sound system is definitely worth a mention, too. The 20-speaker Revel Ultima stereo is not messing around. It makes you feel like you’re in the middle of a concert.
Lighting takes things up another notch. Lincoln’s signature badge will light up when you approach. Plus the LED running and tail lights put on a show, too, activating in sequence. Even the door handles light up. Inside, at night the interior lights come in sequence, too.
Lincoln it seems has thought of everything, also going to great lengths to keep the cabin quiet. Laminated windows help keep noise out along with a noise-canceling system. Even the heating and cooling ducts have been tuned to minimize noise, as have the tires.
Under the hood doesn’t disappoint either. A twin-turbo V6 engine is good for 450-horsepower. It’s mated to a 10-speed transmission. The Navigator’s lighter, high-strength aluminum-alloy body also means it weighs about 200 pounds less, making the ride better.
Connectivity wise, it comes with standard Wifi along with six USB ports, four 12-volt power outlets and a 110-volt plug. A wireless phone charger in the first-row center console media bin is also available. It comes with standard SYNC 3 with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
There’s also a new feature Lincoln calls the Personal Profile. It’s a system that uses the key fob to recall individual driver preferences for adapting seat, mirror and pedal positions, as well as climate control and entertainment settings.
As if we needed to say it, this is a three-row SUV with an available rear-seat entertainment system. It also offers a new live streaming service offered with Slingbox that allows you to stream live TV from your box at home. (But you have to have a Slingbox at home for it to work.)
It has a new cargo management system too of adjustable shelves behind the rear seats. It’s like the one on the new 2018 Ford Expedition.
There is a slew of safety technology, too, including an available 360-camera, enhanced park assist, and adaptive cruise control.
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.
Navigator comes with three Lincoln Black Label options – which are different interior design themes – plus a host of membership privileges.
We’re still waiting to hear when they’ll hit dealerships. Lincoln also plans to introduce a longer-wheelbase version later.