Please stand back and make room for the king. That may be the slogan for all new 2018 Lincoln Navigator. Once bling king, it was taken over by Cadillac Escalade. To reclaim the throne new Navigator comes with many changes and the first one is weight reduce.
2018 Lincoln Navigator – Aggressive Design
No, it’s not in the lightweight category, but this full-size luxury SUV with its intensive aluminum use dropped nearly 200 pounds of weight. Although still heavy (which is understandable) more interesting is its design. Lincoln went full future and retained almost all elements that we saw earlier on Navigator Concept last year. The first thing noticeable is, of course, sheer and brute force this SUV gives us. With pronounced headlights and massive mesh-pattern chrome grille, it leaves us in awe. Navigator also features adaptive high-beams which projection is conditioned on vehicle speed.
Large Lincoln emblem in the middle illuminates as the driver approaches. That is not all, rear lights, lights on lower fascia, and puddle lights also turn on in some sort of welcome sequence. Another cool design feature is wheel design which is something like a jet turbine. Rear end got a few changes, in term of rear lights, but Navigator retains little spoiler which simply looks cute on this beast.
2018 Lincoln Navigator – Interior Features
The interior is a mix of future innovations and old-school physical buttons. Behind the steering wheel, we have large 12-inch digital instrument cluster, and another “floating” one on the center console is for infotainment. There is also one new feature which Lincoln calls Perfect Position Seats. They’re not 4-way, 10-way or even 24-way adjustable. Although optional, there are 30 positions for seats meaning it’s impossible not to find desired driving position. 2018 Lincoln Navigator also has best in class second and third-row legroom, while both rows can be folded flat to give again best in class cargo space.
When not folded, the second row of seats gives the occupants entertainment system which consists of dual 10-inch screens which can be paired with any Android device. Of course, there is also Sync 3 software, which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Besides virtual instrument cluster, the buyer can also opt for heads-up display, 360° camera, and adaptive cruise control with stop/go feature.
2018 Lincoln Navigator – Revised V6
In the refresh for 2015 model year, Lincoln dropped the V8 in favor of turbo V6. This V6 produces 380 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Although the 2018 Lincoln Navigator will arrive with the same engine, engineers heavily revised it for a total output of 450 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. The drive layout will probably remain either 4×2 or 4×4, although it’s still not confirmed. The power from this twin-turbo engine is sent through a ten-speed automatic transmission which was newly developed for Ford F-150.
2018 Lincoln Navigator – Release Date
The new luxury brute will be available this fall, but the price is still not available. We can only speculate that with this updates, 2018 Lincoln Navigator won’t go for less than $67.000. This may just be enough for Lincoln to take back the buyers from Cadillac Escalade.