It might not have the gullwing doors or the triple-step step boards of the concept, but the 2018 Lincoln Navigator, revealed at the New York auto show on Wednesday, is still damn impressive. And in the show model’s shade of light blue, it looks as big as the sky itself.
Lincoln says it’s courting “modern elegance” with its three-row behemoth. That means wireless charging and Wi-Fi standard, a Lincoln star logo that illuminates as the driver approaches and LED lights that “subtly engage.”
The new, fourth-gen Navigator is powered by a twin-turbo V6 making 450 hp, backed by a 10-speed automatic transmission. If those specs seem familiar, that’s because they’re shared with the F-150 Raptor. Hey Mr. Hennessey, how about a Veloci-gator?
In keeping with Ford’s push for aluminum-intensive construction, the 2018 Navigator’s new body is made from high-strength aluminum alloy, which saves 200 pounds over the outgoing Navigator.
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Back in the cabin, the Navigator offers an adjustable shelf behind the rear seats, six USB ports, four 12-volt outlets and a 110-volt household-style outlet. Each key fob is programmed to a driver, so when you get in the car, the seats, mirrors, pedals, climate control and entertainment settings will all be personalized.
Like the Continental, the Navigator offers “Perfect Position Seats” with 30-way adjustability, heating, cooling and massage functions. Passengers in the second-row seats get entertainment screens, each of which can display different content. And those who have a Slingbox at home can access their TV channels in the back seat. Also like the Continental, the Navi is available with a Revel II audio system with 20 speakers and three listening modes: stereo, audience and on stage.
Options include trailer backup assist, a 360-degree camera, park assist and adaptive cruise control.
The 2018 Navigator goes on sale late in 2017.