2018 Lincoln Navigator — Last year, Lincoln revealed Navigator Concept at New York Auto Show. After one year, the production version of the luxury SUV is finally ready to be unveiled at the same show, and the automaker has just released a teaser image ahead of its debut.
The radical Lincoln Navigator was released for the first time in 1997 and the 2018 model year that is about to come is the fourth generation of Ford’s subdivision flagship SUV. 2018 Navigator is highly anticipated by enthusiasts because the concept was stunning and people expect the production model to be just as good as the concept. So, can the production version fulfill everyone’s expectation? Let’s find out what can we wait for from it.
The teaser of 2018 Lincoln Navigator doesn’t show much, and it only reveals the front part of the car, which is slightly different from the concept. From that image, we can see that the new Navigator gets new striking headlights as well as wide inlets.
The concept itself was designed by the brand’s design chief David Woodhouse. Woodhouse wanted to showcase the spacious interior of the concept, and that’s why it came with the 3-step teak wood staircase as well as a pair of gullwing doors that took the spacious cabin along with its serene nautical blue theme into the spotlight.
Even though the gull-wing doors and teak wood staircases are unique and we don’t mind to drive a car with those elements, unfortunately, they will not appear in the production model because it has been confirmed that the production model will come with traditional doors. Furthermore, different with the concept that only comes with the 6-seating layout, the production version will still come with seating configuration that will be enough for eight people.
Although many good elements will not make it to the production version, we can expect the piano-key shifter, the flowing instrument panel, the screens—included those reserved for the rear passengers—to appear in the production model.
Also, it is very likely that 2018 Navigator will be equipped with various advanced safety kits such as automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assistance, and 360 degrees camera. We can also expect the upscale Black Label will make a comeback in the new Navigator.
According to the information, we gathered from the concept’s launching last year, and the new Navigator 2018 will carry the familiar 3.5 L twin-turbo direct injection V6 engine that made its first appearance when the outgoing model was refreshed two years ago. However, it seems like the engine will be refined so that the power output can be increased from 380 HP to 400 HP.
It is also very likely that the engine will be paired to a new 10-speed automatic transmission, instead of the old 6-speed in the outgoing model. Speaking of the 10-speed automatic gearbox, it is also used in the new 2018 Ford Expedition.
It is reported that 2018 Lincoln Navigator will go on sale later this year and it will be produced at the company’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville.