Lincoln has previewed its luxurious full-size SUV in the concept form at last year’s New York auto show. We have to admit that we were pretty amazed at it because it was one of the most impressive concept SUVs we ever saw. However, despite the fact it would be nice to see the production model with the similar characteristics, there is no chance for something like that, at least not to that extent. Instead, the new generation, 2018 Lincoln Navigator will probably lose the unusual stuff like the huge gullwing doors and wood-paneled staircase, as well as too meddlesome interior design.
Judging by the information we have, the next generation Navigator will make the official debut in a couple of months in the Big Apple, and we are sure it will be the shiniest star of the 2017 New York Auto Show.
We managed to catch testing model on several occasions, but we have to admit that we still have no clue how it will look like the 2018 Navigator. According to the latest rumors, Lincoln’s flagship SUV would probably keep the best of the concept, which makes us believe it will be very smooth and really dynamic. The attractive concept showed us that the full-size SUV can be very handsome and attractive regardless of its huge footprint, and we believe there won’t be any important differences between the earlier concept and the future Navigator.
There will be a totally different story inside. The carmaker doesn’t need to be too pushy, so the cab might lose concept’s exaggerated luxury. Instead, the 2018 Navigator might feature plenty of hidden enjoyment such as 30-way front seat adjustability, grippy perforated leather upholstery, as well as the best rear-seat entertainment and very intuitive infotainment.
Still, the biggest change that’s going to come with the next-generation Lincoln Navigator is the new bones. In contrast to today’s model that’s very heavy and thirsty, the future vehicle will be significantly lighter and very efficient. This is due to the aluminum bodywork that we already saw with the majority of new Ford models. The massive weight saving won’t just improve SUV’s fuel economy, but it will also make it more rigid and safer. We are not a hundred percent sure what’s going to happen under the hood, but we know that there will be a new 3.5-liter EcoBoost that delivers up to 450 horsepower. The carmaker might also offer an optional 2.7-liter mill, which would be great move without any doubt. In any case, the engines will be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission only.
Stay tuned for updates.