Lincoln is refining its flagship Navigator inside and out for 2022. While this full-size luxury SUV was completely resigned in 2018, this latest update takes its first-class driving experience to new heights.
Outside, there’s an updated signature grille and new front fascia, standard adaptive pixel projector headlamps and new 3D taillights, while the interior “sanctuary,” as Lincoln likes to call it, has even more luxury touches. They include an available class-exclusive massage feature for second-row seats, as well as new advanced technologies, highlighted by the debut of ActiveGlide, Lincoln’s new hands-free driver-assist technology.
ActiveGlide is an evolution of several Co-Pilot360 assist technologies, including intelligent adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane centering and speed sign recognition. Blue light cues appear on the digital cluster and head-up display to indicate when the system’s advanced camera and radar are activated, enabling drivers to operate their Navigator hands-free on prequalified sections of divided highways.
Those hands-free zones include more than 200,000 kilometres of dedicated highways in the U.S. and Canada that are included in the Lincoln’s GPS mapping system. A driver-facing camera in the instrument cluster monitors eye gaze and head position to help ensure the driver’s eyes stay on the road.
Lincoln’s standard Co-Pilot360 2.0 suite of driver-assist technologies has been enhanced with the addition of new standard features, including Intersection Assist that uses camera and radar technology to detect oncoming traffic as a driver is attempting to turn left, then alerts the driver by applying the brakes.
There’s also a new iteration of park-assist technologies – Active Park Assist 2.0 – that offers Park Out Assist with side-sensing capability so drivers can navigate out of a spot when someone has parked too close.
Additional standard features include forward collision warning, post-collision braking, distance alert, dynamic brake support, pedestrian detection, auto hold, hill start assist, automatic headlamps, voice-activated touchscreen navigation and Phone As A Key.
SYNC 4 Update
As well, the Navigator’s SYNC 4 system is more intuitive. It now features twice the computing power and the ability to wirelessly connect smartphones for seamless integration of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and SYNC AppLink apps.
Also making their debut on the 2022 Navigator are Lincoln Enhance, which delivers wireless software updates that install new features and conduct preventative maintenance to reduce repair trips and improve performance, and Amazon Alexa, which through SYNC 4, provides the convenience of voice-initiated interactions. The Alexa technology offers clients complimentary access to key features for up to three years. An available premium function allows clients to interact with their vehicles naturally and say things such as, “Alexa, find the closest gas station” or “Alexa, what’s on my calendar today?”
“We’ve added thoughtful technology we know our clients will appreciate, helping to make their journey, whether it be near or far, as effortless and enjoyable as possible,” says Mike Kipley, Navigator’s chief program engineer.
Upgrades to the three-row cabin include a larger 13.2- inch centre stack screen, a 12-inch configurable digital cluster and redesigned head-up display.
The Navigator’s upgraded seat massage system, available in the 30-way Perfect Position Seats, takes relaxation to a new level in the front row, while second-row occupants can also enjoy this luxurious touch with available Active Motion massage capability. Second-row passengers can now not only enjoy standard heated and ventilated seats, but can control their seat, climate and audio settings on a new 5.8-inch digital module.
For audio enthusiasts, a Revel Ultima 3D audio system featuring 28 speakers is available. They’ll also appreciate the six symphonic chimes, recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, that replace standard electronic alerts for such safety issues as an open fuel door or an unbuckled seat belt.
The new Navigator also introduces Lincoln Play, a system to elevate the rear entertainment experience. Working closely with Voxx Automotive, Lincoln sound experts have designed intelligent new connectivity features with the potential for additional intelligent upgrades via Lincoln Enhance, including a 10.1-inch screen and wireless headphones, wireless streaming via intuitive Bluetooth pairing, Amazon Fire TV, improved onboard 16GB storage for pre-loading of favourite content, voice control and multiple inputs, including HDMI, USB Type C and SD.
Three trim levels
The premium Black Label trim level adds two new interior themes that join Chalet and Yacht Club in the luxury portfolio. Central Park gets its inspiration from the lavish, organic oasis and surrounding skyscrapers of New York City, depicting that theme with rich-contrast, open-pore dark walnut that extends the full-length of the instrument panel and adds laser-etched scenic pathways of the park.
The other new addition, Invitation, is also luxurious and detailed, featuring industry-first dual laser-etching and exclusive open-pore Khaya wood that expands across the instrument panel and centre console.
The Navigator’s other trim levels – Standard and Reserve – also get new colour and materials offerings.
The Mechanical Bits
While Lincoln is committed to fully electrifying its lineup by 2030, this Navigator has just a single internal combustion powertrain. It’s an advanced 3.5-litre, twin-turbo V-6 engine with 440 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission featuring five drive modes and paddle shifters.
Other new, intuitive features include Adaptive Suspension with Road Preview that works to ensure a smooth ride. Body movements and vehicle motion, as well as steering, acceleration, and braking activities, are constantly monitored by 12 sensors – including a forward-facing camera – that read the road 500 times per second and automatically prompt adjustments up to 100 times per second to mitigate any unpleasant impacts.
The Navigator’s heavy-duty trailer towing package has been upgraded with the addition of Trailer Reverse Guidance, which uses high-resolution cameras to provide multiple views, along with steering guidance graphics, to assist in backing up and maneuvering a trailer. The technology works with Pro-Trailer Backup Assist to make backing up a trailer as effortless as turning a dial.
The new Navigator will be built at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville and will arrive in Lincoln dealerships early next year.