Lincoln Surprises Everyone With New Navigator Concept

Last night Lincoln revealed a new concept that essentially previews the new generation of their full-size SUV.

Nothing wows more than a pair of huge gullwing doors, like the ones on the Navigator concept but it doesn’t seem very likely that the actual production model will get them.

Under the fancy doors and the whole yacht-inspired bling though, Lincoln’s new concept hides a new chassis, a 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost engine with more than 400hp and an array of Ford’s shiny new technologies to make the new Navigator a true Range Rover rival.

“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 company president Kumar Galhotra. “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.”

The concept itself features a six-seat configuration in the cabin which is dressed in light-blue leather. All seats are adjustable in 30 ways in order to offer the best possible support to different body types, including independent deployable thigh support for the driver’s seat.

Lincoln has even installed a custom wardrobe management system which can hold all the gear you could want for “a day on the water” according to the company.

As for the safety tech, this includes the latest Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, a 360-degree camera combined with an enhanced parking assist system, lane-keeping and a cabin equipped with WiFi connectivity and a full set of restraint monitors and a large panel display in front of the driver.

Gullwing doors or not, if you liked the new Continental, you will love this one when it hits production.


  • Morgan

    C’mon with those stairs..
    next step is a Wooden Deck

    • Andrewthecarguy

      The real question is if those details will make production. Is Lincoln ballsy enough to build an ultra version like this for a higher price? The target automakers offer over the top versions, like the H&H Range Rover.
      Either way, Kudos to them for building an American sized Range Rover probably for less money. It’s about to get real if they don’t screw it up.

      • GreenApple18r

        I’m sure it’s just for the concept. You know American automakers often put one or two of unrealistic stuff on their concept cars.

        • Nordschleife

          All automakers put one or two unrealistic ideas on their concept cars.

        • Jan Cervenka

          Subaru could tell us a few things lol.

    • As for the safety tech, this includes the latest Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, a 360-degree camera combined with an enhanced parking assist system, lane-keeping and a cabin equipped with WiFi connectivity and a full set of restraint monitors and a large panel display in front of the driver.

  • Craig

    This is GREAT!!!! I hope they keep the overall look. I love the front end. And given how many of the new Lexus LX SUV’s I’ve seen on the road – BIG noses are IN.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Right?!!! That nose is VERY attractive. If Lincoln can pull this off…men o men it will be fantastic!!!

  • Kash

    Surprise is a gawd dam understatement, to say the least.
    from the C pillar back it’s very Range Rover, especially from above like in pics 12 & 14. From the front it’s very Yukon, pic 2, but at the same time the headlights scream Jag XJ, as well as their positioning on the face and how the styling around the grille flows up to the hood but the lines on either side of the hood sit under the others. Also the shape of the actual rear liftgate is almost identical to the Range Rover’s. I’ll give them props for the 3 step running boards, it’s overkill to me. It feels like another attempt by Lincoln to crawl back across the floor crying to JLR going “See baby! I still remember us, i still love US! I ain’t nevuh changed! Come back baby! Please! Momma misses ya! Momma NEEDS ya!” before JLR closes the door to the cheap motel room on Ford’s back lot, and just turns and runs back to the UK, and Volvo laughs as JLR calls them on the car ride back to the airport all while saying “I told you so, I told you not to go back there, it’s a dark place, remember when we lived there.”

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Personification of car companies. You win the internet.

    • europeon

      You forgot the Tesla doors. Sigh.

      • Kash

        I wouldn’t say Tesla because Tesla only did the back doors. These are more Nanoflowcells style, but gullwings have been done by almost everyone else I wasn’t really gonna say anything.

    • Karl

      Still trolling I see! Like I observed and said before,all things Ford are irritants to your narrow minded views! If you don’t like what you see then don’t buy it! I am sure you will feel a world of difference in your overpriced pretentious status seeking rides! Move along troll! Nothing here for you to see!👀👀👀👎👎👎🤒🤒🤒

    • MarketAndChurch

      You forgot that the front-fender, atop those wheels, and also the porthole, was very much influenced by the Bentley EXP 9 SUV concept. But if you black out the D-pillar, it doesn’t look like a range rover any more; I think the slanted rear-bumper(for ground clearance), and angled rear pillar+glass is what really gives it that Range Rover look.

      • Kash

        pretty much yeah, it’s just another mashup of other super luxe vehicles, this time it’s not Bentley based, it’s Range Rover based. It’s the new Lincoln!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    They fixed it.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Also, is this a tie-in with the next Kingsmen movie?

    • Six_Tymes

      lol x 2

  • Breda

    INTERIOR 9/10
    EXTERIOR 7/10

  • Major Lee Gassole

    Wow! A larger Ford Flex (discontinued) with a Kia grille. How original!

    • :-D. It seems since Ford sold Volvo, Jaguar, Aston Martin and Land Rover… They are not ashamed of using theyre design and others… Maybe it’s because now it won’t hurt Ford group.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Grille. Grills are for cooking.

      • Major Lee Gassole

        As Mr. Furious would say…

        • Six Thousand Times

          Then you’re going to have to get smarter.

          • Major Lee Gassole

            At first I thought you might be trying to be a dick, then maybe sarcastic. This reassures me to go with my gut from now on, dick.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Oh gosh, my feelings are hurt. As long as you’ve learned the difference between a grille and a grill, it’s all been worth it.

  • I was sure it was a Range Rover when I saw just the side picture. I welcome the fact Lincoln embrasses its american history and pushes the design towards the future with clues from the past… But I’m sad to see the double grill go away, looked pretty good on MKZ and MKC. Now the logo is hard to read for someone who doesn’t know the brand. It’s good news for the brand, it is time the Navigator becomes a modern SUV. Well it was time, now it’s a bit late, but never too late.

    • TheHake

      I was just saying the same thing!

    • MarketAndChurch

      I think it’s less about the logo and more about the face. You recognize a BMW, Lexus, or Audi 100, or 50 feet away, not from its logo, but by its face. So I think a memorable face is more important, and people will come to identify this, as they do a Volvo or a Chevy, by its facial features. But I do agree entirely, and I think this would have looked a little better if it had a second lower grille, but staying with this same theme. Or at least had the large fake ports on both sides of the lower bumper akin to what Audi and Mercedes do on almost every one of their cars.

  • TheHake

    The rear looks a lot like the current Range Rover. But never mind, I would LOVE one of these beasts!

    • Rich Money

      no it doesn’t.

      • TheHake

        Yeah you’re right… It looks EXACTLY like the RR.

        • Rich Money

          Hake, bro. C’mon. The Range has vertically stacked taillights. The Lincoln has a full-width strip of lights. Hence not EXACTLY like each other. That said, there is some resemblance. But, bro. C’mon bro.

          • TheHake

            The rear end from profile, I mean. Not looking from the back of the car. From C-post to tail looking from the side.

  • Bo Hanan

    Strangely enough, that grille, (while looking horrible on the Contenental) looks good on this truck.

  • TheBelltower

    This is a very smart looking land yacht. The gullwing doors and elaborate steps are total showcar stuff, but the overall design seems do-able.

  • ChrisInIL

    Who wouldn’t want a car with your very own haberdashery in the way-back?

  • Karl

    Welcome back Lincoln Motor Company! It has been a long time coming!

  • Merc1

    WOW, a shameless Range Rover copy.


  • fabri99

    Lincoln and Volvo are doing the same: range renewal starting from the top. But while Volvo is doing it properly and with stunning cars, Lincoln tries hard to bring out some completely new details on their models and the result is akward.

  • JohnQ

    Looks good. Production version, is probably going to ditch the gull wing doors at least for the driver and front passenger, like the Tesla Model X.

  • Tydogg123 .

    I said the same thing about the new Tesla, “how am I supposed to open the doors in my garage?”. Anyone have any pics or links to how that works in low clearance settings?

    • Kash

      As for the Model X, they’re designed to open just fine in a garage. Same thing with the old SLS. On the Model X concept’s page they had a little interactive thing that let you open and close the falcon doors inside a garage. Also, they use a lot of sensors to adjust how they open.

      • Tydogg123 .

        Thanks Kash – found it on their page like you said.

  • SgtBeavis

    That’s a Lincoln? Seriously, it’s too damn good looking to be a Lincoln. How the hell can that be a Lincoln?
    Considering how closely the production Conti ended up following the concept car, I think the production Navi may be a stunner. The only things they’ll lose are those steps and gullwings. I suspect the headlights will change as well.

    I’d like to see the grill become a little shorter but the width works well. Other than that I think this is a phenomenal design. It’s certainly better looking than the Escalade.

    • MarketAndChurch

      In this segment, it doesn’t seem like it takes very much to be a stunner. I prefer the Lexus LX as my favorite offering in this segment, but I do agree: This is certainly better than the Escalade.

      • Kash

        I agree with your part about the LX, but I still like the Caddy better than this. lol. That’s most because the Caddy is actually in production and this is just a concept that probably won’t get built afterall.

  • SgtBeavis

    Those seats look really really comfortable.

  • Six Thousand Times

    You can easily see where the actual doors will be. Given that the Escalade is the new Town Car for celebrity and VIP haulage, this might claw a few of those limo fleet sales back. Wonder if it will use the aluminium structure of the new (ish) F150.

  • Blanka Li

    Nothing but the name will translate into production. And I’ll bet they use the Flex/Taurus X/Freestyle platform underneath. Which will make drive as crappy as the Flex I test drove last week.

  • Kagan Oztrak

    Exterior: 8/10
    Interior: 10/10

  • Nordschleife

    In the main photo I get Range Rover Stormer but not as sexy. I want to like this but I just am not feeling it. Better effort though Lincoln.

  • Henk


  • Rich Money

    Ugly in every conceivable way.

    • Polyester Poontang

      Get that giant wart removed from your nose and change your attitude and everyone will look at the inner you.

  • mike

    Wow , thought it was another chinesse Wingroad Land Rover copy !!

  • JON999

    They show the vehicle and without a doubt you ONLY took a second look because of the gullwing doors and the first thing out of the promoter is that the vehicles being built won’t have the doors but it “WILL HAVE A GRILL”….Gimme a break….I am so pissed off at ford for their sales tactics I don’t think I will look at their products until they start building them in AMERICA AGAIN……..So much for Mexico Canada and Turkey

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