After years of rumors and speculations, the all new 2018 Lincoln Navigator was finally released a couple of months back. Even though the car is not nearly as crazy-looking as the concept, it managed to surprise a lot of people with its really modern design which is vastly different from that of its predecessor. In fact we can safely say the new Navigator has to be one of the better cars in its class so let’s take a closer look at it and see why.
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2018 Lincoln Navigator Review
Just like its predecessor, the new model is based on the same platform as the Ford F-150. This may come as a surprise for some but Lincoln decided to stick with the body-on-frame formula.
This not only gives them superior off-road capabilities but it also means the Navigator can tow more than most of its rivals and it is far more comfortable as well.
The aluminum body also means better NVH levels and likely better protection in the case of a crash
The only real drawback of this setup has to be the total weight of the car. Luckily though, the Navigator features the same all-aluminum body as the F-150 or the Expedition.
Thanks to that the car lost a lot of weight when compared to its predecessor.
Probably the most impressive thing about the new Navigator is the way it looks. When Lincoln released the concept nearly a year ago many people said the production model would never look like that.
Well, it seems the production car looks like the concept and more. It is far more aggressive and more stylish than its predecessor. Also, even though it doesn’t have the gull-wing doors of the concept, it still manages to impress with its really high-class exterior.
2018 Lincoln Navigator TEST DRIVE
In the front it boasts Lincoln’s new corporate grille design with all new swept-back headlights and subtle chrome inserts in and around the car. In the rear the Navigator has car-wide tail lights which have been a trademark for Lincoln’s cars for ages.
Instead of being based on the F-150 when it comes to its design inside the cabin, the new 2018 Lincoln Navigator comes with a brand new look. The dashboard has a split-design with the upper part being separated from the lower part with the help of wood or aluminum inserts.
The center stack might be wider than most people like but this is for a good reason
The car has a fully digital instrument cluster, it has Ford’s latest Sync3 infotainment system but with a larger screen than some of its cheaper siblings. The car gets a 12-inch screen which provides full touch-based capabilities.
The Navigator is quite wide and it offers the same seats as the Continental sedan. These are fully modular and can be adjusted in more than 30 different ways.
Engine and Specs of 2018 Lincoln Navigator
Like before, the 2018 Lincoln Navigator can only be had with a single engine choice. The car is being powered by a 3.5 liter twin-turbocharged V6. Even though the engine has the same displacement as that of its predecessor, there are very few similarities between them.
The new EcoBoost engine under the hood of the Navigator can provide a rather impressive 450 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque which is nearly as much as in the Raptor.
On top of being more powerful, the new engine is also more efficient thanks to lower-friction internals.
The old 6-speed automatic was also discontinued. In its place, Ford installed their new 10-speed automatic which is faster and smoother. This setup will allow the new Navigator to tow as much as 9,000 pounds in the rear wheel drive setup.
The performance has yet to be disclosed but we can expect a 0 to 60 MPH time of less than 5.5 seconds
The all wheel drive cars will still tow north of 8,000 pounds which is impressive considering none of its rivals is as capable.
Release and Price
The only real drawback we see with the new model has to be its price. In fact, the 2018 Lincoln Navigator now starts at over $73,000, with the destination charge, which is a good increase over its predecessor.
|Toyota Land Cruiser||$86,000|
|Cadillac Escalade||$74,000 - $99,000|
|Land Rover Range Rover||$86,000 - $95,000|
|Infiniti QX80||$64,000 - $90,000|
|Bentley Bentayga||$230,000 - $300,000|
|Mercedes-Benz G-Class||$123,000 - $225,000|
|Mercedes AMG G63||$142,000 - $221,000|
Luckily it manages to alleviate the problem by offering a lot more gear for the price. Unfortunately, despite Lincoln taking orders for it, the new Navigator will hit the market this fall.
In this segment of the vehicle, competition is very strong. Below we will list some rivals of the new Navigator.
- Cadillac Escalade
- Land Rover Range Rover
- Lexus LX
- Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class
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