Lincoln's Navigator Concept Is The Gull-Winged SUV That Screams Urban Opulence


...and avoids the Cadillac Escalade's bling.

What you’re looking at is an excellent preview of the next-generation Lincoln Navigator. The 2017 Navigator Concept, just unveiled here at the 2016 New York Auto Show, is a gull-winged, large SUV with styling inspired by luxury sailboats and yachts. Does it somewhat resemble a Range Rover? Kind of, yeah, but Lincoln’s bold new styling language, as shown on the new Continental sedan, works great here as well. Powering the concept is Ford’s 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 with 400 hp.

Drivers can choose several drive modes for a better ride and handling experience, including steering, suspension and noise levels. Lincoln describes the interior as a "personal sanctuary," claiming it’s the most spacious interior it’s ever built. There are six Lincoln-patented Perfect Position Seats that can adjust 30 ways for all body types. The driver’s seat includes independent deployable thigh supports. Oh, and here’s another first: a custom wardrobe management system. You read that right. It’ll hold all of your vital sailing clothes for a day out on the open water (can’t wait for the Matthew McConaughey commercial for that one). But perhaps the most profound styling statement that we can almost guarantee won’t make production are those gullwing doors.

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They’re there to make interior access easy, along with deployable concertina steps. There’s even a special lighting sequence that welcomes passengers on board. Safety features include Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, a 360-degree camera and enhanced parking assist, and a lane-keeping system. The cabin also features some nifty head restraint monitors complete with Wi-Fi connectivity. Drivers also benefit from a large panel screen with key information. Liking what you see here? We certainly do, and the eventual production version of the next Navigator will almost certainly look an awful lot like this concept. Minus those gullwings, sadly.