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Lincoln Navigator concept steers new design course

New look for full-sized SUV will not include full side gullwings

Published: March 24, 2016, 9:30 PM
Updated: May 26, 2016, 6:37 AM

Lincoln Navigator Concept

Lincoln Navigator Concept

Many following the auto industry have long wondered how long it would be before the Navigator fell in line with current Lincoln naming practices, but now the company is introducing a Navigator concept to show what the next generation of full-sized SUV might look like.

Navigator has been around since 1998, through three generations and a further refresh. The latest generation is in its eighth year but did receive a refresh last year. This may be the look of the new full-sized SUV, following the new design language introduced with the Continental concept.

“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 Navigator Concept

It may not be the loudest statement on the road, but it has some pretty loud features, including full-side gullwing openings for access to the interior, a full side staircase for easy entry, a wardrobe management system and boat-deck like teak trimmings.

A full suite of safety aids, such as pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, and driving aids such as lane keep assist and a 360-degree camera system for parking assist.

Power is supplied by the 400-hp 3.5-litre twin-turbo V-6, sending power to all four wheels by a variety of means, though a selectable drive mode dial that allows the driver to select ride and handling characteristics (steering, suspension, noise levels, etc.) to suit the drive, and have the choice display through unique animation in the gauge cluster.

Lincoln Navigator Concept interior

The sides open up to Lincoln’s most spacious interior ever, done up in a bluish grey to match the exterior. Three steps concertina down for easy entry and seating for six is provided on Lincoln’s Perfect Position Seats, with rear passengers all having their own tablets located on the back of the seats in front for use with the onboard infotainment system or connected to the internet via a mobile hotspot.

But of particular interest is an onboard custom wardrobe management system for occupants to store items such as wetsuits or running gear, depending on their preferences.