2018 Lincoln Navigator officially unveiled at the New York Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on April 14, 2017

For the past few months, several spy photos of Lincoln’s flagship SUV – the all-new 2018 Lincoln Navigator – have been surfacing, showing its basic shape and a couple of modifications including the removal of its coverings. Shape-wise, the 2018 Navigator has a striking similarity with the Navigator Concept’s gullwing (showcased during last year’s New York Auto Show).

Unfortunately for the said gullwing, it never made it to production, which isn’t really surprising since most enthusiasts have always known of its fate. The various spoilers that have surfaced before the 2018 Navigator’s debut has, quite frankly, subdued the excitement and hype for the updated SUV.

Now, for those who are still eager to learn more about Lincoln’s freshly revamped flagship SUV, sit back and relax as we give to you a quick run-through of what’s in store for you.

Let’s admit that an update was badly needed for the Navigator. The new styling is quite refreshing yet fairly conservative for a large luxury SUV like the Navigator. Lincoln has not released official prices but a base price of around $65,000 is a fair estimate. The all-new 2018 Lincoln Navigator will grace the 2017 New York Auto Show.

Exterior Design

Although the gullwing never made it to production, the new Continental-themed mesh grille did. Yes, you read that right. The 2018 Navigator comes with this new Continental-themed mesh grille and to make it look even better, instead of the chiseled exterior concept (which also appealed to many), it comes with rounded edges and sweeping body lines.

Its prolific use of aluminum, evident in its high-strength aluminum-alloy body, is expected for the new Navigator – shedding 200 pounds, making it lighter than the outgoing model.

Interior Design

Lincoln has made sure that the Navigator’s interior upgrades make a statement. And sure enough, its luxury features and spacious interior do not disappoint. The new Navigator will get along pretty well with this generation as it features dozens of charging points – six USB ports, four 12-volt power outlets, a single 110-volt plud, and a wireless phone charger located at the front portion of the center console – making sure that no one goes out on a road trip with their batteries dead.

Also, those seated up front get heating, cooling and massaging functions on their seats (which are adjustable in 30 different ways). The rearmost seats, on the other hand, come with a recline function, perfect for power naps in between rest stops during long rides.

Included in its rear-seat entertainment system are 10-inch adjustable screens mounted at the back of the front seats with wireless or plug-in media access, built for kids (or adults) who want independence in choosing their own programs.

The standard SYNC 3 system also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In cooperation with Sling Media, those with Slingbox are allowed to access their channels through the Navigator. An optional Revel II audio system installs a total of 20 speakers, featuring distinct listening modes such as audience, on-stage, and stereo.

For the drivers, the 2018 Navigator offers an optional parking assist with 360-degree visibility (via a series of cameras) and Trailer Backup Assist (which features automatic steering when reversing with a trailer). In terms of information, a 12-inch configurable instrument cluster with heads-up display allows for customization. An optional adaptive cruise control is also available. The Navigator offers no lane-keeping assist feature.

During night drives, an adaptive lighting system adjusts headlight beams for wider coverage at low speeds and narrows up for better distance visibility at higher speeds. Also, LED lights illuminate each row of seats and a Lincoln “welcome mat” illuminates the ground beneath the front doors. Finally, the Lincoln star badge in the grille also lights up.


A biturbo V6 will continue to produce power for the new Navigator. According to Lincoln, this engine is projected to deliver around 450 horsepower – which means that there may still be something more in store in terms of power (a decrease or an increase, we still don’t know).

Many are expecting the new Navigator to perform better than the F-150 Raptor, but whatever the final total power may be, Lincoln’s Blue Oval overlords are eyeing on taking Ford’s ten-speed automatic transmission and giving it a run for its money.

Press Release

New Navigator: Spacious Interior, Personalized Technology Elevate Family Travel to First Class

Lincoln today introduces the 2018 Navigator, an all-new full-size SUV that combines modern luxury with advanced technology – elevating family travel to first class.

Wireless charging and standard Wi-Fi keep everyone connected. Advanced technology allows the driver to effortlessly adjust the vehicle to make driving easier or more enjoyable – in any weather or terrain. With more space for your belongings than any other large SUV*, the all-new Navigator assures almost nothing is left behind.

“Quiet luxury is both a look and a feeling,” says Kumar Galhotra, president, The Lincoln Motor Company. “The all-new Navigator embodies both. The sleek styling, spacious interior and technology are all designed to make each trip effortless.”

Modern elegance

Navigator’s elegance is on display before the doors even open. Upon approach, the chrome Lincoln star logo on the grille softly illuminates**. Then, LED lighting in the lower front body and taillamps subtly engages, and a luminous Lincoln welcome mat appears beneath the front doors.

At night, interior ambient lights sequentially illuminate each of the SUV’s three rows. During the day, a panoramic roof fills the cabin with natural light.

A twin-turbo V6 engine projected to produce 450 horsepower provides smooth power whenever you need it, delivered through a 10-speed transmission. Navigator’s lighter, high-strength aluminum-alloy body removes nearly 200 pounds, helping create a more refined ride.

Additional weight savings have been reinvested in features such as towing capability and quietness. For example, laminated front and side glass contributes to the quietest Navigator cabin ever.

The all-new Navigator offers speed-dependent adaptive lighting, a new Lincoln technology that provides a wider spread of light at lower speeds for increased visibility – helpful when driving through residential areas. As the vehicle accelerates, the beam of light narrows to help eliminate the glare off signs or other distractions.

Beneath the sleek interior are inclination and intrusion sensors, which trigger an alarm if someone attempts to move or enter the vehicle.

Spacious, luxurious interior

Inside, spaciousness comes in all three rows, including storage in each to keep the cabin clean and organized. The all-new Navigator’s advanced cargo management system offers an adjustable shelf behind the rear seats that allows clients to create storage customized to their needs. Even with the vehicle parked on an incline, the feature ensures groceries won’t roll out when the liftgate is opened.

The interior layout is clean and uncluttered, with a simple, soothing ambience.

“When designing the Navigator, we put an emphasis on ultra-luxury touch points,” says David Woodhouse, Lincoln design director. “We took everything the client would see and touch, and made sure it would look and feel a little more exuberant, a little more indulgent and incredibly beautiful.”

Staying connected is easy in the all-new Navigator with six USB ports, four 12-volt power outlets and a 110-volt plug. An available wireless phone charger in the first-row center console media bin eliminates tangled cords.

The client experience is further elevated through Lincoln’s new Personal Profile. It uses the key fob to recall individual driver preferences for adapting seat, mirror and pedal positions, as well as climate control and entertainment settings.

For owners desiring a more personalized look, Navigator comes with three Lincoln Black Label options – an exclusive collection of interior design themes and materials, plus a host of membership privileges.

First-class seating for all

Even when the all-new Navigator is fully packed, each occupant can sit in comfort. The driver and front-seat passenger enjoy Perfect Position Seats, which offer massage, heating and cooling functionality, and can be adjusted up to 30 different ways.

Standard SYNC® 3 with both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility enables clients to manage audio, phone, navigation and more from the vehicle touch screen or steering wheel-mounted controls. Second-row passengers have their own audio and climate control, while third-row seats feature power recline capability.

An available rear-seat entertainment system allows passengers to stream content wirelessly with an Android device to one of the 10-inch adjustable screens mounted on the rear of the front seats. Content also can be accessed through more traditional devices like an SD card, an HDMI cord or a USB, as well as through SYNC AppLink™, which permits the front-seat passenger to monitor and select viewing content.

Each screen can display different content, allowing a personalized entertainment experience for every passenger. Through Lincoln’s agreement with Sling Media, those who own a Slingbox can access their TV channels on the go. The standard Wi-Fi allows for up to 10 mobile devices at a time to be connected.

Clients can enjoy available Revel® II audio with 20 speakers that work in concert with Navigator’s interior design and acoustics. This transforms the cabin into a personal amphitheater with three distinct listening modes – stereo, audience and on-stage.

Family-friendly technology

Navigator is designed to be intuitive and easy to use. A 12-inch configurable instrument cluster allows drivers to choose the information they want displayed. An available Head-Up Display can show selected information on the windshield instead of the instrument cluster. This helps drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

It’s also easy to adjust to changing conditions. With the turn of a dial, the driver can adapt the Navigator to changing road or weather, and enjoy a smooth, confident ride.

Additional available technology includes:

Trailer Backup Assist, which automatically steers the vehicle to turn a trailer the desired amount – meaning less time required to perform the task. Navigator is expected to deliver more towing capability than any other premium full-size SUV
360-degree camera and enhanced park assist, which reduce stress from parallel and perpendicular parking. The system integrates views from four cameras to create an overhead image so the driver can see all around the vehicle
Adaptive cruise control, which automatically slows Navigator in stop-and-go traffic – resuming speed when traffic allows

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