2016 New York Auto Show: Lincoln Navigator Concept shows its styling gullwing doors

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 30, 2016

Lincoln Navigator Concept was a show-stopper at the 2016 New York Auto Show. It is the latest re-imagination of the first Navigator, which had jumpstarted the creation of the large luxury SUV segment in 1997.

However, this concept provides a glimpse of what Lincoln could offer for its SUV clients -- more space, better performance and better refinement.

The new Lincoln Navigator Concept was inspired luxury sailboats and yachts as evident from its modern lines and its Storm Blue exterior paint that mimics the grays and blues of sea and sky as well as from, custom gear and wardrobe management system and the teak finishes.

Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln, remarked that the new Navigator Concept reinforces Lincoln’s commitment to provides its clients with vehicles and experiences that are not only powerful and elegant, but are also peaceful – a kind of quiet luxury that sets Lincoln apart from other luxury brands.

Interior Design

A large luxury SUV should be able to provide a roomy cabin, and the Navigator Concept does more than that.

It comes with a spacious and light blue leather-wrapped interior and it is fitted with six Lincoln-patented Perfect Position Seats that could be configured in 30 ways to best support different body types. In fact, the driver’s seat is fitted with independent deployable thigh supports to provide optimal comfort.

Drivers are also treated to a large panel screen that displays key information and could be customized from a digital touch screen in the center stack. Interestingly, the Navigator Concept comes with a custom wardrobe management system as well as with Lincoln’s Revel audio system.

Moreover, the interior features head restraint monitors that provide Wi-Fi connectivity. Unlike other SUVs, the new Navigator Concept features power gullwing doors as well as deployable concertina steps. As soon as occupants enter the SUV, a special lighting sequence welcomes them.

Powertrain

Serving as the core of this large luxury SUV concept is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that develops over 400 horsepower. This engine is supported by smart new technologies to allow the Navigator Concept to be secure and stable even on different road surfaces and in different weather conditions.

Ride and handling could be improved by choosing any of the available modes, allowing drivers to customize the SUV’s steering, suspension and noise levels according to their preference.

It’s interesting to note that each mode comes with a matching digital animation in the cluster. Supporting the driver is a number of smart safety systems like the Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, which employs radar and camera technology to scan the road ahead.

Once the system detects a possible collision with a vehicle or pedestrian, it sends a warning to the driver. If the driver fails to respond in time, the system automatically applies up to full braking force to avert frontal collisions or reduce its severity.

Pre-Collision Assist will be able help drivers avoid rear end collisions with other vehicles no matter how fast the Navigator Concept is cruising, while Pedestrian Detection should be able to help them avoid pedestrians at lower speeds. Both Pre-Collision Assist and Pedestrian Detection could low the gravity of forward collisions, or may be able to prevent forward collisions from happening.

On the other hand, drivers would surely welcome a 360-degree camera and improved park assist features on the concept. The system receives and integrates views from four cameras to create an overhead image that enables drivers to view the surroundings of the vehicle – a helpful feature when parking, exiting a parking spot and maneuvering.

Additionally, the Navigator Concept comes with a lane-keeping system that could detect when the large SUV is wandering off its lane. If that’s the case, the system vibrates the steering wheel to alert drivers of the situation as well as provides mild steering input to urge them to steer back on the lane.

Press Release

A New Navigator Concept Is Most Spacious, Luxurious Lincoln SUV Yet, Bringing Quiet Luxury to More Customers

Lincoln today reveals the all-new Navigator Concept, introducing quiet luxury to full-size SUVs and offering a glimpse at what comes next for the brand’s best-known nameplate.

"The all-new Navigator Concept reinforces our commitment to give every Lincoln client what we call quiet luxury – vehicles and experiences that are elegant, effortlessly powerful and serene," said Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln. "This kind of quiet luxury sets Lincoln apart. Now, we're showing fans of large SUVs how we can exceed their expectations, without being the loudest statement on the road."

Lincoln invented the large luxury SUV in 1997, and now is reimagining Navigator for modern clients interested in better performance, more space and further refinement.

Lincoln's design team drew inspiration from luxury sailboats and yachts when designing the new concept. This influenced everything from the clean, modern lines and Storm Blue paint on the exterior that mimics the grays and blues of sea and sky, to the teak finishes, custom gear and wardrobe management system found inside.

The Navigator Concept is engineered to provide drivers peace of mind. It features a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine delivering more than 400 horsepower and smart new technologies to make this SUV even more sure-footed on different road surfaces and in changing weather conditions.

Drivers can choose several drive modes to improve ride and handling and to find the drive experience that best suits their mood – including steering, suspension and noise levels. Each mode is accompanied by a matching digital animation in the cluster.

Navigator Concept provides the nameplate’s most spacious interior ever – a key want among buyers of large SUVs – delivered with a refinement that leapfrogs competitors

The leather-wrapped interior is rendered in a light blue. Six Lincoln-patented Perfect Position Seats adjust 30 ways to best support occupants’ different body types. The driver’s seat, for instance, includes independent deployable thigh supports for maximum comfort.

A custom wardrobe management system holds gear chosen for a day on the water, while Lincoln’s Revel audio system has been specifically tuned to create the highest level sound and visual quality.

All of this is accessed through power gullwing doors and deployable concertina steps. A special lighting sequence welcomes passengers for every journey – a signature Lincoln feature.

The Navigator Concept features Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, which uses radar and camera technology to scan the road ahead. If a collision risk with a vehicle or pedestrian is detected, the system provides a warning to the driver. If the driver does not respond in time, it automatically can apply up to full braking force to help reduce the severity of, or even eliminate, some frontal collisions.

Pre-Collision Assist can help drivers avoid rear end collisions with other vehicles at all speeds, while Pedestrian Detection can help the driver avoid pedestrians at lower speeds. Both systems can reduce the severity of forward collisions, or even prevent certain forward collisions.

A 360-degree camera and enhanced park assist features take the stress out of parking, exiting a parking spot and maneuvering. The system seamlessly integrates views from four cameras – creating an overhead image that allows drivers to see all around the vehicle.

On the road, a lane-keeping system vibrates the steering wheel to alert drivers they are straying from their lane and provides mild steering input to encourage them to steer back toward the center of the lane.
In the cabin, head restraint monitors provide passengers Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing them to wirelessly share music and content from personal devices.

For drivers, a large panel screen clearly displays key information. The display can be customized from a digital touch screen housed in the center stack.

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