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    New York Auto Show: Lincoln Navigator Concept


    • Gullwing Doors! Gullwing Doors!!!


    Lincoln surprised everyone last year when it rolled the Continental concept on the eve of the New York Auto Show. They did it again last night with the introduction of the Navigator concept.

     

    The big story with this concept is the large gullwing doors and a small flight of entry stairs - an interesting way to show up in style. Before you ask, the doors and stairs will not be on the production model. Lincoln president Kumar Galhotra said the doors were to show off the spacious cabin.

     

    The cabin features seating for six across three rows with each seat coming with 30-way power adjustments. Up front is a flowing dashboard finished in teak and chrome, and features a floating screen for the infotainment system. There are also screens for the rear passengers to keep them entertained. The cargo area comes with a wardrobe management system.

     

    Back outside, the Navigator concept's front end matches up with the Continental. There is a large rectangular grille with a lighted Lincoln emblem, wide air intakes, and sharp looking headlights. The back features a taillight that stretches across the tailgate and slim tailpipes.

     

    Power comes from a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with more than 400 horsepower. In terms of safety, the Navigator comes with a 360-degree camera, a pre-collision assist system with pedestrian detection, and a parking assistance system.

     

    Lincoln says the production Navigator will debut sometime next year.

     

    Source: Lincoln

     

     

    Press Release is on Page 2


     

    A NEW NAVIGATOR CONCEPT IS MOST SPACIOUS, LUXURIOUS LINCOLN SUV YET,
    BRINGING QUIET LUXURY TO MORE CUSTOMERS

     

    Lincoln today reveals the all-new Navigator Concept, introducing quiet luxury to full-size SUVs and offering a glimpse at what comes next for the brand’s best-known nameplate.

     

    "The all-new Navigator Concept reinforces our commitment to give every Lincoln client what we call quiet luxury – vehicles and experiences that are elegant, effortlessly powerful and serene," said Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln. "This kind of quiet luxury sets Lincoln apart. Now, we're showing fans of large SUVs how we can exceed their expectations, without being the loudest statement on the road."

     

    Lincoln invented the large luxury SUV in 1997, and now is reimagining Navigator for modern clients interested in better performance, more space and further refinement.

     

    Lincoln's design team drew inspiration from luxury sailboats and yachts when designing the new concept. This influenced everything from the clean, modern lines and Storm Blue paint on the exterior that mimics the grays and blues of sea and sky, to the teak finishes, custom gear and wardrobe management system found inside.

     

    GO-ANYWHERE PERFORMANCE
    The Navigator Concept is engineered to provide drivers peace of mind. It features a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine delivering more than 400 horsepower and smart new technologies to make this SUV even more sure-footed on different road surfaces and in changing weather conditions.

     

    Drivers can choose several drive modes to improve ride and handling and to find the drive experience that best suits their mood – including steering, suspension and noise levels. Each mode is accompanied by a matching digital animation in the cluster.

     

    PERSONAL SANCTUARY
    Navigator Concept provides the nameplate’s most spacious interior ever – a key want among buyers of large SUVs – delivered with a refinement that leapfrogs competitors

     

    The leather-wrapped interior is rendered in a light blue. Six Lincoln-patented Perfect Position Seats adjust 30 ways to best support occupants’ different body types. The driver’s seat, for instance, includes independent deployable thigh supports for maximum comfort.

     

    A custom wardrobe management system holds gear chosen for a day on the water, while Lincoln’s Revel audio system has been specifically tuned to create the highest level sound and visual quality.

     

    All of this is accessed through power gullwing doors and deployable concertina steps. A special lighting sequence welcomes passengers for every journey – a signature Lincoln feature.

     

    EASIER, MORE CONNECTED DRIVING, THANKS TO NEW TECHNOLOGY
    The Navigator Concept features Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, which uses radar and camera technology to scan the road ahead. If a collision risk with a vehicle or pedestrian is detected, the system provides a warning to the driver. If the driver does not respond in time, it automatically can apply up to full braking force to help reduce the severity of, or even eliminate, some frontal collisions.

     

    Pre-Collision Assist can help drivers avoid rear end collisions with other vehicles at all speeds, while Pedestrian Detection can help the driver avoid pedestrians at lower speeds. Both systems can reduce the severity of forward collisions, or even prevent certain forward collisions.

     

    A 360-degree camera and enhanced park assist features take the stress out of parking, exiting a parking spot and maneuvering. The system seamlessly integrates views from four cameras – creating an overhead image that allows drivers to see all around the vehicle.

     

    On the road, a lane-keeping system vibrates the steering wheel to alert drivers they are straying from their lane and provides mild steering input to encourage them to steer back toward the center of the lane.

     

    In the cabin, head restraint monitors provide passengers Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing them to wirelessly share music and content from personal devices.

     

    For drivers, a large panel screen clearly displays key information. The display can be customized from a digital touch screen housed in the center stack.

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    I think it looks pretty dang sharp. A much-needed re-do in my opinion. I'm loving the all black windows -> back window with no body color in the middle. That cleans up the profile immensely. Looks great. 

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    WOW :D That is actually pretty sharp and I would have to say Lincoln could REALLY snag sales if they KEPT the GUll Wing Doors and fancy steps and to quote SMK, put a REAL V8 Motor in this full size Brute of an SUV.

     

    Only way this would have been even cooler is if they did a pure EV version with a 300 mile battery pack.

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    Some really nasty people on them internets. at other places.

     

    I think it looks fine. Show cars are show cars. The hell is wrong with that? Some people - obviously morons we don't need here.

     

    I like the interior quite a bit. if those are toggle-style gear switches that might be a huge improvement. Looks like they'll have a lot of space in this vehicle.

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    Looks nice. But then again I think the Range Rover is a nice looking SUV too. I would be surprised if I were the only person who made that comparison. The part that gives me pause is ultimately the one thing that makes this look like a Lincoln.. the grille. Its just weird and goofy looking on this size of a vehicle

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    I like it.... that said, yay for bringing back steering wheel design from the 1960s.

    That steering wheel thing looks huge!

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    Not putting too much stock in to this because about 60-70% of this will never see production. Interesting concept but a concept nonetheless. The Conti nose does not work on this at all and the profile of it looks like a stretched Range Rover. Just not feeling the outside of this at all.

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    Looks nice. But then again I think the Range Rover is a nice looking SUV too. I would be surprised if I were the only person who made that comparison. The part that gives me pause is ultimately the one thing that makes this look like a Lincoln.. the grille. Its just weird and goofy looking on this size of a vehicle

    You're not the only one saying it, by any means.

    This is just a huge déjà vu for Lincoln at the New York show. Last year they debuted the Continental concept. It had whiz-bang autoshow stuff, they were initially coy about the underpinnings, it had derivitive styling, and as it made its way to production the skeptics began getting louder.

    Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The Land Rover Navigator that may or may not be aluminum is slated to be built in Crazytown.

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    You mean El Kabong began getting louder? Not everybody hates Lincoln quite like you do. 

     

     

    Looks nice. But then again I think the Range Rover is a nice looking SUV too. I would be surprised if I were the only person who made that comparison. The part that gives me pause is ultimately the one thing that makes this look like a Lincoln.. the grille. Its just weird and goofy looking on this size of a vehicle

    You're not the only one saying it, by any means.

    This is just a huge déjà vu for Lincoln at the New York show. Last year they debuted the Continental concept. It had whiz-bang autoshow stuff, they were initially coy about the underpinnings, it had derivitive styling, and as it made its way to production El Kabong began getting louder.

    Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The Land Rover Navigator that may or may not be aluminum is slated to be built in Crazytown.

     

     

    Fixed. 

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    ^^^@ccap

     

    But what he is saying is kinda true. The ideas they come up with are rehashes of the same idea. Ironically Lincoln kinda created the luxo SUV segment and now they are denouncing it by saying that it needs to be understated.. less brash.. less ostentatious, because of the success of their.. "Big Sister Brand, Cadillac (created first by Leland). The larger problem is that they do so by copying a very ostentatious vehicle (RR) and slapping very brash gull-wing doors on the concept to get your attention. Similar thing happened last year with the Continental.. sans the doors, but certainly the theft of many aspects of Bentley styling. Admittedly not much of that "richness" made it to the production vehicle,.. and we are left with a husk.. filled with Ford bits. 

     

    I don't think El K hates Lincoln. I kno I don't. I just hate the inability of so many of their mother-ship's fans to see that they are barely relevant, and continue to fail at bringing something that is not offered by said mother-ship (Ford) to the table that gives a luxury buyer a compelling reason to buy.  

     

    Seriously ask me why I bought my CTS-V.  According to U.. Cadillac is a BMW clone. To me.. a person that digs deeper into the core.. past the superior driving dynamics, Cadillac brings to the table several things that BMW doesn't. Reliability. Attention getting looks. Heritage. American. They damn sure aren't just upgraded Chevys. Well.. with exception to the 'Slade. Lincoln??? I can literally get a better car at Acura, Buick/GMC, or even Ford (Titanium) or Chevy (LTZ) 

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    Ford's never been shy about aping styling cues from much more expensive vehicles (Ford Fusion anyone?). Still, I'd rather have a vehicle with a passing resemblance to a $100k Ranger Rover than a $40k Tahoe.

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    Unlike Casa...I dont like Range Rovers.

     

    With that being said, I dont think I like this Lincoln either.

    To me, not only does it look like some sort of Range Rover, it also looks like a Ford Flex. I never really disliked the Flex, but I was never enamored with it either.

     

    Like the gullwings...as a concept, but if I was a megastar rapper the next Justin Bieber, Id want those gullwings to stay.

     

    HATE those steps...

    Like WTF is THAT all about? The designers are running out of ideas to get attention so they looked at the entrance to their homes and said...yup...THAT is what a Lincoln SUV needs...steps to climb aboard our humble abode?

     

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    Maybe next car show...the steps could be in Pavi-Uni (interlocking paving stone I think) with fake foliage on the side...

     

    The front end....its easy to see that this design language will only last the requisite 5 years and it will undoubtedly be changed again.

     

    Why?

    1. It does not translate well to this  SUV

    2. I dont know about you folk, but this is only the 3rd time I have seen it on a vehicle (Continental, MKZ and this Navigator) and Im already bored to death with it.

    I LOVE it on the Continental....but I think Lincoln has over saturated it...

     

    I could see why many could like this and why it may sell well....

     

    But like Casa said...Lincoln created this niche of full sized luxury SUVs...The Jeep Grand Wagoneer might beg to differ, but 'twas Lincoln that really made this niche resonate with the masses and the gangstas and the rappers and the gangsta rappers...its a shame that Lincoln has degraded this SUV to what it is now and in 2017/2018 or so... (Casa's commentary above my post is how I feel also about Lincoln and why I said what I just said about the Navigator.)

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    People who think I hate Lincoln, or Ford, are missing the bigger picture.

    I hate half-assed efforts. Hence, I slagged Buick for not building the Avista (update: a certain GM fan website is now saying it may not be dead after all. Stay tuned).

    This is a half-assed effort styling-wise, perhaps engineering-wise. It follows in the wake of a previous half-assed effort which was desperately hyped even as a rival automaker called them out publicly on the styling. Now it's being called out by Automobile's emeritus staffer (a stylist himself), and folks still get mad at me for pointing it out.

    Whatever gets you through the night, I guess

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    Looks ugly.  This thing looks bad from every angle.  It looks like an over sized Explorer with an over sized Continental grille and it's a total disaster.  The 3.5 liter ecoboost is fine, 400 hp is enough for a vehicle that no doubt has poor handling and shouldn't be going fast anyway.  It is almost like Lincoln is trying to prove Mullally right that they should have been killed off.

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    Overall I like the look.  I'm not sold on the pug nose grille yet. 

     

    It's too, bad, they were finally starting to apply the split grill in interesting ways. I don't hate the new one, but it's not especially distinctive.

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    Overall I like the look.  I'm not sold on the pug nose grille yet. 

     

     

    Believe it or not, I like the nose. The rear, on the other hand...

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    OH SHI- GUYS WE NEED A CONCEPT. 

     

    I KNOW. PEEPS LIKE DEM BRITISH RAENG ROVER SUVEES.

     

    OH YEAH! LETS RIP OFF ANOTHER BRITISH AUTOMAKER'S DESIGN. THAT WORKED LAST TIME. AND THE TIME BEFORE THAT!

     

    YAH! PEEPS TRIPPED HARDER FOR THE INCONTINENTAL THAN OUR SALES FIGURES. 

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    The front looks like a bad caricature of futuristic design. I'm already not a fan of the new Lincoln grille, but this is--IMO--the worst execution yet. And then from the A-pillar back, it looks like some sort of next gen Ford Flex mixed with a QX56, which isn't necessarily a problem but I can't get past the face.

     

    Lincoln briefly had a design language that I was excited about: the split wing of the MXZ, MKC, and MKX. The brand was really establishing something with visual character and originality. Now everything coming out has this derivative, awkward feel to it. I really hope the performance and engineering is there with these new cars.

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    It you're of a certain age, one look at the front of the Navigator will take you back to the first time you saw the teacher in the video Pink Floyd did for "Another Brick in the Wall."

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    The Escalade has a massive grille up front yet somehow that's a lovable feature.

     

    I like the Escalade.

     

    And I like this Navigator.

     

    One of them has a reputation, and the other doesn't. Oh well.

     

    As it was with the Continental - their key will be to deliver as much styling as possible from the concept.

     

    One touch I would really hope does make it is actually the headrests of the seats. They remind me of those old luxury car interiors. It might as well be like the Esclade a brick with couch like seats. 

     

    And I think gear buttons have finally been implemented nicely.

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      The Sonata offers more safety features in 2018. In addition to seven standard airbags (dual front, side, and curtain, as well as driver’s knee) and a battery of safety systems (VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS, EBD, BA, and TPMS) comes Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA). The Sonata is the only Midsize car sold with this safety technology as standard equipment. Despite drivers spending a tiny amount of time in reverse, one-quarter of all accidents happen when someone is backing up. BSD with RCTA gives drivers peace of mind that the road behind them is clear. Furthermore, there’s also a new Lane Departure Warning system with an enhanced Lane Keep Assist function available. 
      BETTER BLUE LINK
      As our cars become a mobile extension of the connected world, Blue Link continues to add more features to integrate your life. Blue Link now talks to Amazon Echo™, allowing you to control your car inside your home, or wherever the Amazon device is located.
    • By William Maley
      Up until now, the Honda Clarity has only been able as a hydrogen fuel cell only sold in California since they have the infrastructure. But today at the New York Auto Show has expanded the Clarity lineup with the introduction of electric and plug-in hybrid variants.
      We'll begin with the Clarity Electric which comes with 120-kW electric motor delivering 161 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. A 25.5-kWh battery pack provides the juice and can be recharged within three hours when plugged into a 240V outlet. As we reported previously and has since been confirmed by Honda, the Clarity EV will have a range of around 80 miles.
      Next is the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid that uses a more powerful electric motor (181 horsepower electric motor producing 232 pound-feet of torque) and a 17-kilowatt hour (kWh) battery pack. A 1.5L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder acts a range extender and direct power source (under certain conditions). Honda says the Plug-In can travel 42 miles on EV power alone. With the 1.5L engine, total range stands at 330 miles.
      Both Clarity models will be available later this year. The electric variant will only be available in California and Oregon as a lease-only program.
      Source: Honda
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      Honda Electrified! Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Clarity Electric Unveiled at 2017 New York International Auto Show

      Apr 12, 2017 - NEW YORK CITY
      "3-in-1" Clarity series provides unparalleled electric drive choice with premium midsize sedan capability and three advanced electrified powertrain options Plug-in Hybrid anticipated to earn 42-mile EV driving range rating and 330-mile extended range rating Honda targets five-fold increase in sales of electrified vehicles in next four years Honda today revealed its all-new Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Clarity Electric alongside the already available Clarity Fuel Cell, saying it will target U.S. sales of 75,000 Clarity vehicles in the first four model years. The Clarity series will contribute to an anticipated five-fold increase in Honda's U.S. sales of electrified vehicles over the next four years as the company works toward its target that two-thirds of its global automobile sales will come from electrified vehicles by 2030.
      The two all-new electrified Honda vehicles will join the Clarity Fuel Cell, launched in December 2016, to make Clarity the first ever vehicle series offering customers an expanded array of electrified vehicle choices with fuel cell, battery electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains wrapped in a sophisticated, spacious and comprehensively equipped five-passenger sedan.
      "The Honda Clarity is aimed at accelerating the deployment of advanced electrified powertrain technology and bringing electrified vehicles further into the mainstream," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., at the company's auto show press conference. "The Clarity series also heralds the advancement of our Honda Electrification Initiative, representing our investment in the full spectrum of electric-vehicle technologies."
      "Electrification is the future of mobility and the future of Honda, and it all starts now with this new Clarity series," added Steve Center, vice president of the Connected and Environmental Business Development Office at American Honda.
      Honda Clarity Series
      As the next progression of Honda's dynamic styling for electrified products, each Clarity variant has a low, wide aerodynamic body with unique design elements, including its own special hero color, and differentiated front styling, headlights, tail lamps and 18-inch alloy wheel designs. Combined with elegant and advanced exterior styling, each Clarity series vehicle has a spacious interior with comfortable seating for five adults, outfitted with premium, environmentally responsible materials.
      Offering Honda's "fun-to-drive" DNA, each Clarity variant provides a smooth, quiet and highly refined driving experience, aided by the smooth and seamless character of electric drive torque and acceleration. The Clarity series also features advanced technologies, including Display Audio with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, and the full suite of HONDA SENSING™ safety and driver-assistive technologies.
      With three different powertrains and luxury packaging, the Clarity series has wide appeal. This shared "3-in-1" platform strategy will enable Honda to respond to infrastructure and market developments, provide customers nationwide with an ultra-low carbon vehicle that meets their lifestyle needs, and takes Honda toward higher volume sales of advanced powertrain products that will help reduce CO2 emissions.
      The Clarity series is at the vanguard of Honda's commitment to address society's energy and environmental concerns as the company expects significant growth in sales of efficient, lower CO2 electrified vehicles. Honda has previously announced plans to introduce a dedicated new hybrid car to the U.S. market in 2018. The new Honda hybrid car will be made in America.
      Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid
      The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, launching at dealerships nationwide later this year, is anticipated to earn an all-electric driving range rating of 42 miles1, the longest of any midsize plug-in hybrid. For longer trips, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid can utilize its hyper-efficient 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine to generate electricity and, under certain conditions, to act as a direct power source, resulting in an anticipated overall driving range rating in excess of 330 miles1.
      The vehicle's electromotive power comes from a 181-horsepower electric motor producing 232 lb.-ft. of torque and drawing power from both the gasoline engine and a 17-kilowatt hour (kWh) battery pack with a recharge time of 2.5 hours at 240 volts. The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is anticipated to earn an EPA fuel economy rating of 105 MPGe1  (miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent) combined, at the top of its class. The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid features three selectable modes – Normal, Econ and Sport – allowing drivers to customize their experience, maximizing efficiency or driving performance. A fourth mode – HV mode – is provided to maintain the battery's state of charge and can be selected in conjunction with Normal, Econ and Sport driving modes.
      As the sales volume leader in the Clarity lineup, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will be offered in two premium-contented trims, standard and Touring.
      Honda Clarity Electric
      The 2017 Honda Clarity Electric is geared toward consumers who desire a spacious, comfortable and affordable sedan that suits their daily driving needs. The Clarity Electric is powered by a 161-horsepower (120-kilowatt) electric motor producing 221 lb.-ft. of torque and drawing power from a 25.5-kWh battery pack. The vehicle can by fully charged in just over three hours at 240 volts, and when using DC fast charging with the SAE Combined Charging System can achieve an 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes.
      The model is anticipated to have an anticipated EPA fuel economy rating of 120/102/111 MPGe (city/highway/combined)2. Like the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, the Clarity Electric features three selectable driving modes – Normal, Econ and Sport. The Clarity Electric will launch later this year, starting with an attractive lease program in California and Oregon.
      Honda Clarity Fuel Cell
      Honda views fuel cells as the ultimate zero-emissions vehicle technology and the Clarity Fuel Cell offers green early adopters the latest technology to be on the forefront of "what's next." Honda began deliveries of the 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell in December 2016 in select California markets, where a consumer friendly network of hydrogen stations continues to grow, and has already delivered more than 100 vehicles.
      Technological innovations to the Clarity Fuel Cell have created a fuel cell stack that is 33 percent more compact with a 60 percent increase in power density compared to its predecessor, the Honda FCX Clarity. The more compact fuel cell and integrated powertrain, now comparable in size to a V-6 engine, fits entirely under the hood of the car, allowing for a more spacious cabin with seating for five passengers.
      At 366 miles, the Clarity Fuel Cell has the highest EPA driving range rating of any zero-emission vehicle in America, including fuel cell and battery electric vehicles, and an EPA fuel economy rating of 68 MPGe3 combined. The Clarity Fuel Cell is available for the competitive introductory lease price of $369 a month for 36 months with $2,868 due at signing4. The lease terms include an attractive mileage allowance of 20,000 miles per year, up to $15,000 of hydrogen fuel, up to 21 days of an Avis Luxury Rental in California, 24/7 roadside assistance, and eligibility for California "White Sticker" single occupant HOV access. Lessees can also apply for the State of California $5,000 rebate5. The Clarity Fuel Cell is available in three colors: Bordeaux Red Metallic, White Orchid Pearl and Crystal Black Pearl.

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