Lincoln’s Navigator Concept is opening the doors on a whole new style era for the brand. Literally. The concept car arrived at the New York Auto Show this week sporting two full-size gull-wing doors. Yep. We’re serious.
The crazy doors bring a new element of swag to the brand that has been slipping out of the public eye. The goal of the concept is to catch, and hold, the eye of modern drivers.
Lincoln says that the concept follows the new Continental that arrived at last year’s NYC show. Like that model, the concept is in line with the company’s “quiet luxury” design. This basically means that the whole design gets an understated luxurious look. The gullwing doors capture this. One on each side. They swing up to access both the front and rear row. Six drop down steps, three on each side, slip out when the doors open. However, it’s unlikely that the doors will stick around for the production.
The whole exterior is markedly different from the 2016 model. The Lincoln tradition of a split-wing grille is gone. Instead there is a large single grille with logo inspired mesh and a 3D logo in the center. The new grille means the headlights get completely reworked. Each stands alone in a lean aggressive stance. The rest of the exterior maintains a luxe elegance. A sailboat inspired drawn back lines and blacked out C- and D-pillars give the huge car a light futuristic feel.
Lincoln pulls out all the stops for the interior. It is the most spacious Navigator interior ever with leather upholstery in light blue to match the exterior color. The display model features four rear bucket seats. In front of each spot is head restraint monitors that offer Wi-Fi. There’s no back seat complaining going on here.
Power comes from a 3.5-liter twin turbo V6 engine. It gets a 20-horsepower improvement for a total of 400 horses. Included are a variety of drive modes. Some of the driver assist features are pre-collision assist, pedestrian detection, auto-braking, lane-keep assist, parking assist, and a 360-degree camera.
The fourth-generation 2017 production Navigator should go on sale next year.