More than a decade in the making.
The last time a completely new Lincoln Navigator arrived on the scene was back in 2007. Exactly a decade later, the all-new 2018 Navigator has had its official debut, and it’s about time. Even though Lincoln updated its predecessor for 2015, it very much lacked the ability to effectively compete against its cross-town rival, the Cadillac Escalade, or even the GMC Acadia Denali. But the 2018 Navigator is different, and we’re expecting great things from it. Looking at it in the flesh, it’s apparent Lincoln focused on the styling details inside and out.
We particularly like the wheel design, at least what’s shown on the show model, along with just the right amount of chrome trim. Take note of the cool inner headlight design, too. But we’re guessing a lot of you may criticize the front grille design, claiming its way too Bentley-like. We heard similar arguments when the Continental was launched. Okay, sure, there’s definitely some Bentley influence there, but no crime has been committed. Honestly, the design works well for Lincoln. It’s bold and confident, exactly the new image Lincoln wants to project. The familiar 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost is rated at 450 hp and comes paired to a 10-speed automatic.
Lincoln claims it managed to shave off some 200 pounds compared to the last Navigator, thanks to extensive use of lightweight aluminum body panels, a la the current Ford F-150, which it shares a platform with. With three rows of seats, an abundance of luxury, and styling that’ll hopefully properly differentiate it from its upcoming Ford Expedition corporate cousin, the 2018 Lincoln Navigator is an impressive sight.