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    2018 Lincoln Navigator Becomes More Posh and Powerful

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      No gullwing doors though 


    It may be hard to remember, but Lincoln was one of the first automakers to introduce us all to highly-posh large SUV with the Navigator. But it was quickly overshadowed by the likes of the Cadillac Escalade and others. Last Night in New York, Lincoln introduced an all-new Navigator that will hopefully put it and the Lincoln brand as a whole back in the spotlight.

    We're glad to see Lincoln keeping most of the design of the Navigator concept shown last year. That includes the large, intricate chrome grille; turbine-style wheels, side vents on the fenders, and a slightly rounded shape. Like its sister model, the Ford Expedition, the 2018 Navigator uses aluminum body panels to drop 200 pounds.

    The interior shares nothing with the Expedition. Instead, Lincoln is borrowing some pieces from the Continental sedan. The dashboard is low and features plenty of wood and leather. There is a lot of tech on offer with a floating touchscreen featuring SYNC 3, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility; a reconfigurable 12-inch instrument cluster, 20-speaker Revel II sound system, WiFi hotspot, six USB ports, four 12-volt outlets, and a 120-volt outlet.

    The 30-way-adjustable Perfect Position Seats with heating, cooling, and massage functions is available for the front seats. A bench seat or a set of captain chairs is available for the second row.

    Power comes from a 3.5L twin-turbo V6 producing an estimated 450 horsepower. This is paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission and the choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.

    Lincoln is keeping quiet on pricing for the 2018 Navigator, but you will be able to check one out later this year.

    Source: Lincoln
    Press Release is on Page 2


    NEW NAVIGATOR: SPACIOUS INTERIOR, PERSONALIZED TECHNOLOGY ELEVATE FAMILY TRAVEL TO FIRST CLASS

    NEW YORK, April 12, 2017 – Lincoln today introduces the 2018 Navigator, an all-new full-size SUV that combines modern luxury with advanced technology – elevating family travel to first class.

    Wireless charging and standard Wi-Fi keep everyone connected. Advanced technology allows the driver to effortlessly adjust the vehicle to make driving easier or more enjoyable – in any weather or terrain. With more space for your belongings than any other large SUV*, the all-new Navigator assures almost nothing is left behind.

    “Quiet luxury is both a look and a feeling,” says Kumar Galhotra, president, The Lincoln Motor Company. “The all-new Navigator embodies both. The sleek styling, spacious interior and technology are all designed to make each trip effortless.”

    MODERN ELEGANCE

    Navigator’s elegance is on display before the doors even open. Upon approach, the chrome Lincoln star logo on the grille softly illuminates**. Then, LED lighting in the lower front body and taillamps subtly engages, and a luminous Lincoln welcome mat appears beneath the front doors.

    At night, interior ambient lights sequentially illuminate each of the SUV’s three rows. During the day, a panoramic roof fills the cabin with natural light.

    A twin-turbo V6 engine projected to produce 450 horsepower provides smooth power whenever you need it, delivered through a 10-speed transmission. Navigator’s lighter, high-strength aluminum-alloy body removes nearly 200 pounds, helping create a more refined ride.

    Additional weight savings have been reinvested in features such as towing capability and quietness. For example, laminated front and side glass contributes to the quietest Navigator cabin ever.

    The all-new Navigator offers speed-dependent adaptive lighting, a new Lincoln technology that provides a wider spread of light at lower speeds for increased visibility – helpful when driving through residential areas. As the vehicle accelerates, the beam of light narrows to help eliminate the glare off signs or other distractions.

    Beneath the sleek interior are inclination and intrusion sensors, which trigger an alarm if someone attempts to move or enter the vehicle.

    SPACIOUS, LUXURIOUS INTERIOR

    Inside, spaciousness comes in all three rows, including storage in each to keep the cabin clean and organized. The all-new Navigator’s advanced cargo management system offers an adjustable shelf behind the rear seats that allows clients to create storage customized to their needs. Even with the vehicle parked on an incline, the feature ensures groceries won’t roll out when the liftgate is opened.

    The interior layout is clean and uncluttered, with a simple, soothing ambience.

    “When designing the Navigator, we put an emphasis on ultra-luxury touch points,” says David Woodhouse, Lincoln design director. “We took everything the client would see and touch, and made sure it would look and feel a little more exuberant, a little more indulgent and incredibly beautiful.”

    Staying connected is easy in the all-new Navigator with six USB ports, four 12-volt power outlets and a 110-volt plug. An available wireless phone charger in the first-row center console media bin eliminates tangled cords.

    The client experience is further elevated through Lincoln’s new Personal Profile. It uses the key fob to recall individual driver preferences for adapting seat, mirror and pedal positions, as well as climate control and entertainment settings.

    For owners desiring a more personalized look, Navigator comes with three Lincoln Black Label options – an exclusive collection of interior design themes and materials, plus a host of membership privileges.

    FIRST-CLASS SEATING FOR ALL

    Even when the all-new Navigator is fully packed, each occupant can sit in comfort. The driver and front-seat passenger enjoy Perfect Position Seats, which offer massage, heating and cooling functionality, and can be adjusted up to 30 different ways.

    Standard SYNC® 3 with both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility enables clients to manage audio, phone, navigation and more from the vehicle touch screen or steering wheel-mounted controls. Second-row passengers have their own audio and climate control, while third-row seats feature power recline capability.

    An available rear-seat entertainment system allows passengers to stream content wirelessly with an Android device to one of the 10-inch adjustable screens mounted on the rear of the front seats. Content also can be accessed through more traditional devices like an SD card, an HDMI cord or a USB, as well as through SYNC AppLink™, which permits the front-seat passenger to monitor and select viewing content.

    Each screen can display different content, allowing a personalized entertainment experience for every passenger. Through Lincoln’s agreement with Sling Media, those who own a Slingbox can access their TV channels on the go. The standard Wi-Fi allows for up to 10 mobile devices at a time to be connected.

    Clients can enjoy available Revel® Ultima audio with 20 speakers that work in concert with Navigator’s interior design and acoustics. This transforms the cabin into a personal theater with three distinct listening modes – stereo, audience and on-stage.

    FAMILY-FRIENDLY TECHNOLOGY

    Navigator is designed to be intuitive and easy to use. A 12-inch configurable instrument cluster allows drivers to choose the information they want displayed. An available Head-Up Display can show selected information on the windshield instead of the instrument cluster. This helps drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

    It’s also easy to adjust to changing conditions. With the turn of a dial, the driver can adapt the Navigator to changing road or weather, and enjoy a smooth, confident ride.

    Additional available technology includes:

    • Trailer Backup Assist, which automatically steers the vehicle to turn a trailer the desired amount – meaning less time required to perform the task. Navigator is expected to deliver more towing capability than any other premium full-size SUV
    • 360-degree camera and enhanced park assist, which reduce stress from parallel and perpendicular parking. The system integrates views from four cameras to create an overhead image so the driver can see all around the vehicle
    • Adaptive cruise control, which automatically slows Navigator in stop-and-go traffic – resuming speed when traffic allows

    *Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and weight distribution.
    **Lincoln star illuminates on Reserve and Black Label models only.

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    Awesome looking SUV. I have to imagine they will compete with Cadillac heads on but be just a few thousand under Cadillac Escalade to try and get back customers.

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    Massive improvement, but i wish his trend of floating infotainment screens would die.  It was neat on the 08 CTS where it actually could sink into he dash, but this just sticking it there like an afterthought needs to stop.  THANKS MERCEDES FOR THIS STUPID TREND!

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    17 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    I just took the shots of it... it looks *yuuuge* in person... that front end!

     

    Cool, look forwad to seeing them. :metal:

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    A vast improvement over its predescessor and long overdue but I'm with Stew on the floating screen. It seems like an afterthought and the dash, while nice, seems way overdone. Still, a vast improvement and it will most certainly sell in greater numbers. 

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    1 hour ago, Stew said:

    Massive improvement, but i wish his trend of floating infotainment screens would die.  It was neat on the 08 CTS where it actually could sink into he dash, but this just sticking it there like an afterthought needs to stop.  THANKS MERCEDES FOR THIS STUPID TREND!

    Mercedes is integrating the screens into the dash now and since every just copies Mercedes then in a few years the others will too.  This is a big upgrade over the current Navigator which I feel is 10 years old at this point, I am surprised they only got 200 lbs out of it.

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    Cadillac has always had integrated screens, now mercedes is copying them. The non-integration is incredibly weak.

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    Putting seat controls onto a screen as above, versus a non-visual control, VASTLY increases distracted driving (unless there's lock-out features for most of the screen controls in 'D').

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    The There appears to be a full range of seat controls on the door in the first picture along with memory buttons.

     

    2008 CTS, always liked this in my brother's CTS.  You could extend it for nav functions, or tuck it in the dash where you still had radio displays.

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    Now that interior looks like a luxury SUV done properly.  I do not like the rims on that Navigator though.  They look like they belong on a different vehicle.

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    12 hours ago, balthazar said:

    Putting seat controls onto a screen as above, versus a non-visual control, VASTLY increases distracted driving (unless there's lock-out features for most of the screen controls in 'D').

    The touch screen is only for the massage feature of the seats, adjustment and lumbar support is on the door as traditional controls.

    In China the Massage seat works while driving, I question this as I can see it putting the driver to sleep as being too relaxed.

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    13 hours ago, balthazar said:

    Cadillac has always had integrated screens, now mercedes is copying them. The non-integration is incredibly weak.

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    Putting seat controls onto a screen as above, versus a non-visual control, VASTLY increases distracted driving (unless there's lock-out features for most of the screen controls in 'D').

    I guarantee they will not allow you to do everything while driving. I know I cannot pair a new phone to my car while the car is in D so I doubt they will let you fiddle with seat controls from a screen while moving either. If they do.. it sounds like they're lining themselves up for lawsuits. 

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    13 hours ago, Stew said:

    The There appears to be a full range of seat controls on the door in the first picture along with memory buttons.

     

    2008 CTS, always liked this in my brother's CTS.  You could extend it for nav functions, or tuck it in the dash where you still had radio displays.

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    I think one reason they're doing the screens separate like they are now is in part so distance to touch it. That screen above looks like it is quite the reach compared so something an inch or so closer. I'd like to talk to one of the designers about that. 

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    7 hours ago, ccap41 said:

    I think one reason they're doing the screens separate like they are now is in part so distance to touch it. That screen above looks like it is quite the reach compared so something an inch or so closer. I'd like to talk to one of the designers about that. 

    It was actually a very easy reach and decently easy to use.  it was an old system though, so he issues were moe with lackin in the visuals dept haha.  Still, it worked well. 

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    11 minutes ago, Stew said:

    It was actually a very easy reach and decently easy to use.  it was an old system though, so he issues were moe with lackin in the visuals dept haha.  Still, it worked well. 

    In smaller vehicles the distance shouldn't be an issue but larger vehicles where there is more space in the vehicle I could see it playing a larger role like the GLS or Nav. But it's just an idea..

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    12 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    In smaller vehicles the distance shouldn't be an issue but larger vehicles where there is more space in the vehicle I could see it playing a larger role like the GLS or Nav. But it's just an idea..

    True, but they could still integrate it into the dash as has been done for a decade.  It is just the random touchscreen hanging on top of the dash ruins the whole look and honestly, looks flimsy as hell, regardless who is doing it. 

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    6 minutes ago, Stew said:

    True, but they could still integrate it into the dash as has been done for a decade.  It is just the random touchscreen hanging on top of the dash ruins the whole look and honestly, looks flimsy as hell, regardless who is doing it. 

    Agreed,

    All auto companies that have done this floating nav screen makes me think they added it as an afterthought.

    I know many get broken in the MB auto's. Much better to have it integrated into the dash.

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    11 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    Agreed,

    All auto companies that have done this floating nav screen makes me think they added it as an afterthought.

    I know many get broken in the MB auto's. Much better to have it integrated into the dash.

    Are people closed fist punching them? How would somebody break them off without trying?

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    Not feeling it at all. The outside is completely unattractive to me, and if the interior is only on the level the Continental is, it's a big letdown, too.

    I don't think there's anything from American automakers buy in this segment, honestly. 

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    Mercedes had integrated screens before because my 08 has one, then they want to the floating screen which looks stupid and BMW and Audi jumped on board or BMW may have been first, but it became common.  I prefer a built in screen, and Mercedes doesn't use touch screens so if it is far to reach it doesn't matter in their case.

    no one mentioned how the 3.5 liter Navigator has more power than the 6.2 liter Escalade and here is a fun fact, the original Navigator had a 5.4 liter V8 making 230 hp.  Progress.

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    56 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    Mercedes doesn't use touch screens so if it is far to reach it doesn't matter in their case.

    I didn't know that. Good to know.

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    3 hours ago, ccap41 said:

    Are people closed fist punching them? How would somebody break them off without trying?

    Couple of coworkers who put stuff on their dash all the time broke theirs grabbing for their stuff. Seems to be much easier than I would have thought too.

    2 hours ago, Frisky Dingo said:

    Not feeling it at all. The outside is completely unattractive to me, and if the interior is only on the level the Continental is, it's a big letdown, too.

    I don't think there's anything from American automakers buy in this segment, honestly. 

    Escalade :wub:

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      The Cadillac ATS and CTS didn't sell well.  They had great handling and a large selection of engines, but they were hampered by interiors that were cramped for the class and infotainment systems that could confound people.  Sedans are dying, Cadillac gets that too. That's why they are consolidating the ATS and CTS onto a single car called the CT5, released last week at the New York International Auto Show. Rumors have it that the CT5 will start in the mid-30s and Cadillac is insisting that, despite its size, the CT5 is aligned against the 3-series and C-Class. But in doing so, where does that leave the car? Could Cadillac be realigning their cars so they become the largest cars in a particular price class?  It would be a very traditionally Cadillac thing to do. There was a time when Cadillac would brag about having the longest production cars in its class. Even the original CTS was sized like a 5-series but priced like a 3-series.  More on that later. 
      I'm a lifelong fan of Cadillac.  I want to be excited about the CT5. While I do think the car looks handsome, it doesn't excite me like the CT6 does.  There is no one thing I can put my finger on, not even the black plastic triangle playing the part of a third window.  The car just doesn't command a presence as the CT6 does. And though the overall look of the front is handsome, I get flashbacks of Impala from certain angles. It does look far better in person than Cadillac's or my own photography show.
      Inside, Cadillac has upped their game on the quality of the materials, but they phoned the styling in. As some readers have pointed out, it even appears as if some trim pieces have been repurposed from the CTS. There is a large tablet stuck to the dash for the infotainment system, which is thankfully no longer the old CUE system. It looks to be similar in function and layout to those found in GMC's trucks. I have found that system to work well, so I don't see any problem there. A large dial in the center console can control the unit as well, useful if you're wearing gloves.  Capacitive touch buttons have been replaced by real physical buttons. They are well weighted and feel substantial, indeed even Mercedes-like for the HVAC controls.    Cadillac took to heart all of the criticism over their gauges in the previous cars and produced a good looking set of round dials for tach and speedometer with a driver information screen between.  The seats are firm and supportive, getting into position is quick and easy, but they don't match the 24+ way seats that Lincoln is offering these days.  Rear seat room has improved dramatically over the ATS, though feels about the same as a CTS.  Cadillac's Precision Control Shift is there.  I've found it annoying to use, but it has a similar operation to the BMW gear control that many people like, so maybe it is just me.  I think Cadillac (and everyone else) should chuck the shifter knob on their cars and go to something more digital.  One piece of technology in the CT5 that I really love is Cadillac's SuperCruise.  I've used SuperCruise to drive from Pittsburgh to New York, roughly 350 miles, and I was only actively piloting the car for about 10% of the time. 
      Engines in the CT5 seem to be introductory offers, but there is also room to grow. The base engine is a 2.0 liter twin-scroll turbo producing 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. That's a bit light for the class.  The optional engine is a 3.0 liter twin-turbo making 335 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.  Both engines are mated to a 10-speed automatic with all-wheel drive optional. Both engines also have displacement on demand and can shut down cylinders to conserve fuel in light-load situations.  Cadillac has plenty of room to maneuver here with engines though. For future versions like V-Sport and V-Series, they have the 400hp version of the 3.0TT, or the 420hp 3.6TT, or the new 4.2 liter Blackwing when more performance is called for.  
      Overall, this could be a very compelling car starting at $34,995 and being as long as a Mercedes-Benz E-Class. That's where the size issue comes in. Cadillac would have a hard time moving this CT5 if they price it alongside the same size German models. If this is going to be Cadillac's strategy, offer the biggest car for the price, then they need to drum that mindset into the heads of consumers. That takes advertising dollars.  Otherwise, they are just going to be repeatedly compared to vehicles outside of their price class and lose in every comparison test.  The CT6 being priced just $1,000 more than an E-Class leads me to believe this is what they are intending to do.   
      Read other First Impressions from the New York International Auto Show below:
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      First Impressions: 2020 Lincoln Corsair
      First Impressions: 2020 Ford Escape

       
       
    • By Drew Dowdell
      One of the most anticipated releases of the New York International Auto Show was the 2020 Lincoln Corsair.  The Corsair is the replacement for the Lincoln MKC, and with that, Lincoln has only two MK vehicles left in production, the MKT which is surprisingly still in production, and the MKZ which may go away once the Ford Fusion dies out.  Lincoln upgraded the MKX to Nautilus for 2019. That same year, the MKC got a refresh to look more like the rest of the Lincoln lineup for the 2019 model year only and that was an evolutionary step to the Corsair we see today.
      To say that the Corsair is a step up from the MKC is probably an understatement. Though similar in exterior form, the Corsair wears its styling in a much more confident fashion.  It is more upright and assertive a look than the outgoing MKC. While the Corsair shares a platform with the 2020 Ford Escape (My first impressions of the 2020 Escape here), this isn’t a simple badge job as all the sheet metal is different, and though they share the same wheelbase, the Lincoln is longer and wider than the Ford.  While originally derided as derivative, the big Lincoln grille is really coming into its own as a signature look. I’m glad that Lincoln has kept at it and not listened to critics of the look. The full-width tail lamps also are a continued improvement, this time reminding me of the Lincoln Continental.  The overall look is a much more cohesive design than the MKC which could look like a design compromise from some angles.
      The Corsair deserves the award for “Most Improved Interior”.  While the MKC was never a bad design, it hasn't aged well and still had some recession-era components. This new interior looks well above its class.  While I detected some areas of cost-cutting on door panels and lower trim, nothing seemed out of line for the class and the excellence of the styling will let most people overlook it.  I am a big fan of Lincoln’s interior styling direction and they are greatly outpacing crosstown rival Cadillac in that department. There is the “stuck on iPad” look of the infotainment system, but such is life in most vehicles these days. The infotainment system runs Sync3 which I’ve had good experiences with in the past. Lincoln’s toggle button shift control and the pod of buttons that reaches out from the dash feels almost like a 1950’s steampunk spaceship (that is a compliment).  Front seating position seems just right and the leg room in the 2nd row is what I would expect from this class. It’s adjustable too, as the second row can slide 6 inches fore and aft to give more cargo room or more legroom as needed. I clock in at 5’10” and found there to be more than enough headroom.  Lincoln’s 24-way adjustable seats take a while to get set up, but once you do, they feel great.
      Both the 2.0T and 2.3T from the MKC carry over, though the 2.3 has been tweaked slightly to add a bit more torque (Now 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque) and both come with an 8-speed automatic. Neither engine is a bad choice and should move the Corsair along with zest. A plug-in hybrid variant is coming. All-Wheel drive is optional on the 2.0 and standard on the 2.3.  The AWD system is able to decouple the rear axle in order to save fuel and recouple it when traction is needed. Up to 100% of the torque can be directed to the rear. Hopefully, the 8-speed automatic and decoupling AWD will improve the only average fuel economy of 20/27 city/highway that the MKC gets, but if not, at least there will be better performance.
      Corsair will likely start around $35,000, which makes it a better value than the smaller and less powerful Cadillac XT4 that starts around the same price. It will also likely be a better value than anything coming from Europe.  The most direct competition, in both size and price, will come from the Acura RDX, Infiniti QX50, and Lexus NX. I expect the Corsair to do well against them.
      The Corsair will be in dealerships by the Fall.  
      The Lincoln Corsair Gallery has been updated with shots from the show floor.
       

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