During the recently concluded New York Auto Show, Lincoln surprised everyone by doing the unthinkable. I mean who would expect a fully fledged SUV to carry gull wings. Ok, I can live with the entryway steps but the gull-wing doors just don’t fit in. As if that was not enough, Lincoln went a step further and used Mathew Mc Conaughey, the Academy Award-winning actor to unveil the SUV shocker.
Designers take advantage of concepts to showcase their artistic creativity. In this case, David Woodhouse explained that the idea behind the gull wing doors and the teakwood steps was to give a clearer view of its big interior. Enthusiasts should not be too excited as these two features are just for the show.
After going through a rather trying time, Lincoln is slowly but steadily rising up once more to take its rightful place in the echelons of the automotive world. The Navigator is Lincoln’s most successful model and as such will play a huge role towards achieving this objective. Despite going overboard with the steps and doors, the 2017 Lincoln Navigator Concept gives us a strong indication as to what the 2018 Lincoln Navigator will look like. Continue reading to find out more about this nautical themed SUV:
2017 Lincoln Navigator Concept Exterior
Forget about the gull wing doors and teakwood steps since when it comes out in 2018, the production model will feature conventional doors. The exterior will be almost similar to the outgoing model. The body will, however, be based on a new platform believed to be similar to the one that underpins the current Ford F-150. This platform will use a good combination of both steel and aluminum. This combination will lead to a significant reduction in weight leading to an improved performance and a better fuel economy for the SUV.
The front is where the Navigator receives a considerable redesign compared to the outgoing model. It features a modified grille flanked by redesigned LED headlights and LED DRLs. The bumper has also been remodeled and is integrated with LED fog lights to aid in poorly illuminated terrains. The vehicle will carry the “NAVIGATOR” lettering over its fender vents.
The automaker retains the other features of the outgoing model resulting which retain its largely clean look which offers a different kind of beauty than most SUVs according to the company’s Chairman. Unlike other SUVs, the Navigator offers a type of beauty the automaker terms as “silent”. It is stylishly clean, elegant and fancy but lacks the aggressiveness we are familiar with in SUVs.
2017 Lincoln Navigator Concept Interior
The 2017 Lincoln Navigator Concept was designed with a spacious interior. The Concept features only 6 leather wrapped seats that are 30-way power adjustable. However, Woodhouse was quick to point out that the production model will feature three rows and will accommodate up to 8 passengers. The vehicle is roomy and offers plenty of headroom and legroom for all passengers. The cabin is designed with a blue theme.
The vehicle’s instrument panel stretches the whole width of the vehicle. The concept features not one or two entertainment displays but a whole seven of them. The driver gets a huge screen in front. Each seat gets a tablet-like screen to provide entertainment to rear passengers. These screens will be used to stream music, movies and to play games.
Lincoln has also added some new technologies in the cabin. They include a 360-degree camera, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, parking assist, pre-collision and brake assist with pedestrian detection.
Expect much more styling cues when the production model hits the streets next year as it s customary for automakers to withhold many interior styling cues when showcasing Concepts.
Most automakers usually hide drive-train details during exhibition of Concept models. Similarly, Lincoln remained tightlipped about the mill powering the Navigator. However, the company’s chairman Galhotra quipped that the model will be powered by a 3.5 L V-6 mill just like the one on the current model.
However, the engine will be tuned to produce over 400 horses up from the current 380 horses. Due to the use of lightweight materials, the model will have a better fuel economy compared to the current model’s 18 mpg EPA rating on combined drives. Other performance details were not available.
Price and release date
Since it is just a concept, we did not expect the automaker to announce any official prices. According to rumors, the production model will be released to dealerships in the second half of next year. Make sure to come back for more updates on this model.
The biggest competitor of the Navigator is the Cadillac Escalade. The SUV will also face more competition from other large SUVs like the Ford Expedition, Infiniti QX80 and Nissan Armada.
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