LINCOLN NAVIGATOR CONCEPT AT LA AUTO SHOW
The last thing Lincoln Navigator lovers might think of having seen the all-new concept SUV last month at the Los Angeles Auto Show, is luxury yachts and sailboats.
What might actually come to mind is the level thought, innovation and detail that went into building what the brand calls a glimpse into the future of the nameplate.
And according to Kumar Galhotra, president, The Lincoln Motor Company, one of the things the brand is most known for is "quiet luxury – vehicles and experiences that are elegant and effortlessly powerful." A phrase many of us here at Pilson Used would agree actually describes the Navigator concept to a tee.
What Lincoln has been able to capture in this design is elegant details, clean, modern lines, smart technology and road efficiency.
In fact, the brand’s out-of-the-box thinking and fresh new ideas have culminated into the 5 door, 8 passenger Navigator concept – proof in and of itself that a historic brand like Lincoln, who many thought would never bounce back from the turbulence of the mid-2000's – could build the kind of cars that win over the staunchest critics and reclaim its former glory.
And despite the storms of the past, the American car maker has managed to usher in a new era of quiet luxury.
Taking design cues from opulent brands like Range Rover and Bentley, the Navigator concept offers an interior that echoes the elegance of its exterior - with teak wood and custom metalwork, six leather captain's chairs offering 30 different degrees of adjustment, a custom wardrobe system, seven entertainment displays, multiple drive modes which include steering, suspension, and noise cancellation settings, Lincoln’s Revel audio system digital instrument cluster extending the width of the vehicle, and a gear shift resembling the keys of a piano.
For safety, the new Navigator offers blind spot monitoring, parking assist, a 3600 degree camera, pre-collision and brake assist with pedestrian detection.
Drivetrain details were leaked by Kumar Galhotra which include a whole new engine – a 3.5 liter twin turbo V6 that boasts more than 400 horsepower will be offered much like the outgoing model.
A steel and aluminum body should help the automaker achieve significant weight reduction, improve performance and offer better fuel economy.
As for specifics on when we can expect the new Navigator to be released, we believe the summer of next year is a feasible prediction.