The Very Heavy-Weight 2018 Lincoln Navigator

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The ‘King of Bling’ is back and ready to wrestle its crown back from the Cadillac Escalade.

The Lincoln Navigator is widely credited as the original full-size super-luxury SUV that kicked-off the segment back in 1998, and then Cadillac decided that they too could be part of this new segment and does anyone do bling better than Cadillac?

Cadillac did have an impact on the Navigator sales, and for a while, it looked as though the Escalade had the beating of the Navigator, but Ford’s luxury brand has fought back, and the result is the 2018 Navigator – it’s certainly going to give Cadillac something to think about. But will it be enough to take on Cadillac?

Official details about the 2018 Lincoln Navigator

While Lincoln have released some details about the new Navigator, there is still some information missing, but rather strangely, Lincoln are already showing the model on the official Lincoln website, but you can’t order it and some specifications (like engine horsepower for instance) are estimates – so it’s just about making some noise for the new model – drumming up a bit of anticipation. You can however sign up for updates – just in case you don’t want to miss out on any details.

The pictures used are also from the pre-production model, so although we may get some minor differences, it seems that it’s pretty much set now – the new Navigator has drawn an influence from the Navigator concept shown in New York last year – right down to the ‘turbine’ style wheels (which we like!). It’s big, bold and brash – just the thing if you’ve a few dollars and want to let the world know.

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For 2018, the Lincoln Navigator will have 450 BHP

There is so much change for the 2018 Model Year that it’s difficult to know where to start … but let’s look at what isn’t changing … the powerful V6 engine.

Under the hood will be a 3.5 liter V6 with a twin-turbo setup – just the same as it’s running now. Lincoln will be playing with the fuelling and giving it a few minor tweaks, and the result will be an estimated horsepower figure of 450 BHP and 500 lb/ft of torque – plenty powerful but then it needs to be when you consider the weight of the Navigator; Lincoln say that the new model is at least 200 lbs lighter, but think on this … the outgoing model weighs in at a very hefty 6,361 pounds. It’s no lightweight that’s for sure.

The motor will drive the rear or all-four wheels through a new 10-speed automatic transmission (the Navigator is only the second vehicle in the Ford stable that will have this transmission).

The weight-loss comes mainly from using an aluminum intensive body (although it’s still body-on-frame construction), but even if Lincoln made the body from carbon fiber, it would still be hefty – there is just so much of it and so much luxury; it is in fact the heaviest production Lincoln ever made.

Along with the standard-length Navigator, there will also be the long-body ‘L’ version – not that it needs it though – the Navigator has best-in-class 2nd and 3rd row legroom and cargo space. Did we mention that it’s big?

Lights, Camera, Action

Outside the SUV, you’ll notice a few lovely detail touches – as you approach the Navigator, the Lincoln emblem in the grille glows, just one detail in a string of ‘welcome’ gestures – along with the grille, you’ll also notice that the lights in the lower fascia light-up as do the taillights and puddle-lights. Speaking of lighting, the new Navigator has adaptive headlights that change with the speed of the vehicle – more of a floodlight at lower-speeds while narrowing and more precise at higher-speeds. A neat touch.

And if details are your thing, then the interior is somewhere that you just won’t want to leave. The seating is what Lincoln call ‘Perfect Position Seats’ – 30-way powered adjustable seating (let’s just hope they have a memory!) with heating, cooling and massage functions. There’s also PowerFold 2nd and 3rd row seating – with the seating folding perfectly flat at the touch of a button.

Other features include ambient lighting on all three-rows, rear seat entertainment in the form of dual 10” screens set into the seat backs which can stream media from Android devices, a 12” virtual instrument cluster, optional Heads-Up Display, Sync 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 6 x USB ports (two on each row of seating) and Wi-Fi hotspot.

Available assists include a version of Ford’s Trailer Backup Assist, 360-degree camera system and adaptive cruise-control with a full stop and go capability.

A Fall Date

Lincoln haven’t given away many details about the release date, just saying that it will be available in the fall of 2017, so we’d guess around September – they’ll want it out there sooner rather than later, especially if they want to give Cadillac a run for the segment.

Pricing seems fixed already, the base model will hit the dealers with a sticker price of $64,710 and will rise sharply for the higher end flagship which will include the Black Label edition – Lincoln’s highest level of luxury, but we don’t have any prices for the Black Label.

Has the 2018 Lincoln Navigator got what it takes to beat the updated Cadillac Escalade? What do you think to the look of the Navigator? Is it too showy or just your thing? Let us know in the comments.

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Comments
  • Mark Wheeler

    Lets hope they put the Range Rover TD6 Diesel into it. I’ll take one of the first!

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Wonderful looking Navigator will definitely win hearts of premium SUV buyers. New level of interior trimming along with great design makes a deal.

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