Both Lincoln and Ford about their full size SUV offering which has been around at this point for nearly a full decade. While Ford is usually fine considering the competition, when the Navigator has to compete with the likes of Bentayga or the Range Rover Sport, it doesn’t really look that great for them. A new model is luckily in the works and so far they actually released the concept for the 2018 Lincoln Navigator. The interesting part is that the car looks ready for production with a few exceptions, but more on that later. The new model is still going to use a truck’s chassis, in this case the one from the F-150, but the suspension system will be all new.
In order to maintain the level of luxury most people require at this price point, the Navigator will have to drive like a limousine. The entire suspension system will be redone, likely with a fully independent setup. On top of that, expect the car to boast better engines than its siblings, a much nicer interior as well as a unique design. The price is going to reflect all of that for sure. The current model starts at $64,000 and it seems that the new one could start at over $70,000. The price will be confirmed when the car is going to be released in the late 2017.
2018 Lincoln Navigator – The design
So far we have not only seen the concept for the 2018 Lincoln Navigator but also the prototype for the upcoming Expedition. The interesting part is that the latter has the exact same belt-line and the same sharp angle for the windshield. This mostly means that the concept for the Navigator is a lot closer than we expected. Because of that, it is safe to assume that the front end will likely come with the imposing front grille that debuted on the Continental and with the really subtle headlights. The butterfly doors are just for show on the concept, so the production model will use regular doors. However, the motorized steps on the sides might come to the production version.
Inside the cabin of New Navigator SUV
Here the upcoming Navigator is more than likely going to feature a design mostly inspired by the Continental. The wide center stack on the dashboard with the widescreen LCD screen are already a given at this point. The car might also receive a similar steering wheel and center console with a minimal amount of buttons. The Navigator will offer quite a bit more room and at this point it seems that a seven or eight seats version is a real possibility. The materials will be top of the line across the range and this time around expect its high end versions to go well past $100,000.
2018 Lincoln Navigator – Under the hood
We are pretty sure at this point that the 2018 Lincoln Navigator is going to feature a 3.5 liter twin-turbocharged V6, the same found in the new Raptor. This engine will likely make over 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque in this particular application. All wheel drive will likely remain an option with the base model coming with rear wheel drive. Luckily though, Ford’s brand new 10 speed automatic should be the standard feature on all models. Some also suggested that the new Navigator may receive a lesser version. This may use a smaller 2.7 liter EcoBoost V6 with around 320 to 350 horsepower and up to 350 lb-ft of torque. Even though this is less than before, the performance should be on par with the older model. This would be possible thanks to the much lower weight that will come from the extensive use of aluminum for the body.