2018 Lincoln Navigator Adds Refinement, Luxury And 450HP To Full-Size SUV

SUVs are all the rage nowadays and to cash in, Lincoln has just unveiled its all-new full-size SUV, the 2018 Navigator. Set to debut at the New York Auto Show, the new model has been dramatically overhauled and promises to be more luxurious than ever before.

For starters, the body of the 2018 Navigator is made from lightweight aluminium, a change which saves almost 200 pounds on its own. Grunt is then provided by a twin-turbocharged V6 which Lincoln says will produce around 450 hp and be mated to Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission.

The cabin of the Navigator has been completely re-thought and pushes the vehicle to the upper-echelons of the luxury SUV market. As standard, it comes with three rows of seats and incorporates a unique cargo management system that includes an adjustable shelf behind the rear seats to allow storage to be customized.

Elsewhere, the 2018 Navigator has front seats with heating and cooling features that can be adjusted up to 30 different ways. There’s also Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and an available rear-seat entertainment system that includes two 10-inch adjustable screens. The Navigator also has a WiFi hotstop that can support 10 mobile devices at a time and if customers want a superb audio experience, a 20-speaker Revel Ultima system can be ordered.

Among some of the other key features are Trailer Backup Assist, a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, an optional heads-up display, six USB ports, four 12-volt power outlets and a 110-volt plug. A wireless phone charger is also available.

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator also benefits from the company’s Black Label service. Not only can owners enjoy privileges like extended premium service and maintenance coverage, the SUV can also be specced with one of three different designer themes dubbed Yacht Club, Chalet and Destination.

Externally, the new Navigator follows a similar styling direction as the Continental sedan and sticks true to last year’s concept. It also debuts a new lighting technology from the automaker. This technology automatically displays a wider spread of light at lower speeds for increased visibility and as the vehicle accelerates, the beam of light narrows to avoid glare off signs and other distractions.

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

* We’ve updated the article with live images from the NY show


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  • roy

    Interior design could have been better I guess

    • Nordschleife

      Maybe it’s the color combination. It’s pretty faithful to the concept.

  • Six_Tymes

    looks good

  • baofe

    Does that grille need to be so huge? Over compensating much?

    • Bo Hanan

      Its a grille with room for 6 people.

    • BqWsRe

      No different than Mercedes, Audi, etc.

      • Jay


    • Danny Adornato

      Yes, just like Audi, hate oversize grilles.

  • Nordschleife

    Now this Navigator is giving me the brawny elegance that can compete with the Escalade. This is very nice.

  • pcurve

    They took 1992 suburban and slapped on the new Continental headlight and grille decals.

    poor effort on the exterior, but inside is pretty nice.

  • MarketAndChurch

    It just needed to be as good as the Escalade and the GL, which are the top two in this segment. But this… this is a home run, exactly what the brand needed. I love most the exterior paint and how it quietly accentuates the folds in the exterior. I also expect this interior refinement to hit the Continental when they do a full, RWD-based redesign.

    • BqWsRe

      Cadillac Escalade dominates the full-size luxury SUV segment.

      • Belthronding Tinuviel

        in North America only.

      • MarketAndChurch

        That is true, but mostly because there wasn’t a Lincoln alternative on the market. Lincoln still managed to find 10,000 suckers last year to buy the navigator, which is twice as many as Lexus managed to sell in LX’s, so there’s still a fanbase there, waiting for something new.

        I expect an all-new Navi to hit 30,000 units easily, and come in third place, behind the Mercedes GLS, and Cadillac which sells almost 40,000 Escalades.

  • Karl
  • Jp

    Still far from a Range from what I can see, but it seems to be on par with Cadillac. I am very enthusiastic about the new Lincoln lineup!

    • BqWsRe

      Cadillac is better. Range Rover overrated and pricey for what you get.

      • Dmitry Semenov

        Agree completely. Plus RRs most unreliable cars in SUV

    • Carmaker1

      The Range Rover has nothing to do with a Navigator, as the L405 does not favour carrying 6-7 passengers in addition to the driver. Just because both of them are both luxury SUVs, does not make them competitors. The Escalade, QX80, and LX570 are only of relevance, plus the uni-body GLS.

  • Kash

    The mix of piano black and white whatever in the center consoles is stupid and looks horrible. The fact the dash is so big and yet the infotainment screen is still a floating tablet was a horrible decision. Why not just move the vents down? Oh because Lincoln thinks button shifters are still cool so gotta make room for those buttons. Not like this fullsize SUV didn’t have room in the center console for a dial shifter either or an Acura still button shifter. But wait, can’t put anything else on the console because they need it for storage space because that Tesla style, floating console, has to be in the car. People can’t really put much down in front of it without fear of it falling under the driver’s feet though. Smart idea guys.

    edit: oh and can’t forget the super cheap, plastic seat backs for the front seats, if you’re gonna take the Conti’s seats you gotta take them with the plastic. Lol.

    • MarketAndChurch

      Yeah that was my first thought too, some lady’s gucci purse handle hanging out of it is going to get caught in her heels causing an accident or two.

      • Kash

        Almost happened to a client of mine actually. She turned with her purse down there, like the dealer told us she could do, she turns, and her purse ends up on my feet.

  • Karl

    The journey has been quite difficult for some time now but welcome back Lincoln Motor Company! This is truly attractive,keep swinging for the fences Lincoln…. Well done indeed…👍

    • MarketAndChurch

      Next stop, a continental coupe! Or, more likely a refreshed MKX and MKC with the new front end. But in any event, this is definitely keeping the ball rolling in a huge way, considering how much of a cash cow this will be. If Lincoln builds a hybrid or an all-electric, it will be because this navigator made that possible.

      • Karl

        I couldn’t have said it any better!

  • Six Thousand Times

    Seems like a more advanced proposition than the vulgar ‘Slade – if you’re into this sort of thing. That grille is ridiculous but it won’t hurt sales.


  • ediotsavant

    Looks like an Expedition.

    • Karl

      Looks like a troll..

    • Tumbi Mtika


    • Craig

      Don’t most full-sized SUV’s look like the Expedition?

  • Benjamin B.

    I like the look of the interior. Looks very classy. I also like how the transmission buttons are clearly separated from the media controls. Some other Lincolns, the buttons are too close to the media controls. I wonder if this new layout is what Lincoln will copy on other Lincolns.

  • Benjamin B.

    From head on the exterior shots the grille looks odd. But from the angle it looks pretty good.

  • TheBelltower

    Looks good in pictures. As someone whose parents drove Lincolns, I’m not going to trust pictures. There is a tactile quality that’s always missing in Lincolns. The surfaces don’t feel like money because they come from the same suppliers as Ford.

  • donald seymour

    I’m still on the fence about the design. There are a lot of things which I am satisfied with and there some things that I’m not satisfied with. The design isn’t refined as I would like it to be, like the concept.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Have US designers learn’t nothing in the last 30 years? How bloated, how gauche.
    And please – spinner style alloys, straight from tha ‘hood?

    • Craig

      Not everything has to look like a SAAB.

    • BqWsRe

      Have inferiority complex Euros learned anything in the last 30 years that no matter how much you whine, cry, and act like a baby regarding Americans, it doesn’t change anything? You are still whining and crying, so it obviously fails to accomplish anything.

      Please go back to destroying Europe and watching as more countries leave the cesspool known as the EU.


      • Knotmyrealname

        Aaaaw, c’mon, you actually think this vehicle has class?
        And what makes you think I’m Syrian?

        • Dmitry Semenov

          I think it has class, better than Range Rover to my taste (RR are bland and boring outside from my point of view).

  • Bash

    Now this is Stunning, Im impressed I must say, Im sure there is a trim that replaces the white inserts in the console/cabin with wood, but this is definitely an improvement for the current model.

    • Craig

      I like the white [wood?] inserts. I think the version we’re looking at is probably the ‘Yacht Club’.

  • Craig

    Without question… it looks like a luxury SUV. I think it’s great!! Lincoln is forging its own path.

  • Bo Hanan

    But don’t ya still want a Toyota Land Cruiser?

  • Michael_66589

    Navigator without V8 is not Navigator.

  • john1168

    Good job Lincoln! For years I’ve been bashing the Navigator. The current one was a slight improvement on what was originally a cheap and lazy retro themed design. Seriously, it was horrible. I had to wash my eyes out with soap and get three sessions of electro shock therapy after each time I saw one. Although I’d never buy it (it’s just not what I’m looking for), this is good. Very good! Engine and transmission (from the Raptor), excellent (although it won’t save that much gas with the ecoboost). I love the 4 wheel independent suspension. I’m hoping it’s got a smart all wheel drive system… The exterior has a… uuhhh…. bigness/presence to it that buyers of this sort of vehicle will love while also having a subdued elegance to it. Sorry, I know that last sentence contradicts itself and I hope it makes sense but I don’t know how else to describe it. The interior is LIGHT YEARS better than the current/older PIECE ‘O $#!# retro themed interior before. EVERYTHING is better. WAY better! Nice job on the digital I.P. I like the floating iPad style center nav display as it helps contribute to an open airiness to the cabin. I do wish the transmission buttons were a rotary shift knob but it’s WAY better than the column shifter in the Caddy. The interior in general looks well tailored, well designed and comfy.

    Overall very nice job Lincoln! Welcome back! I hope it sells well.

    oh…one more thing. I hate the wheels. They look like stupid saw blades. Someone change those… LOL

  • Infinite1

    Don’t care much for the front grille, looks really out of place. It’s more so the two huge chrome “indents” on the bottom of the grille that just makes it look bigger than what it really is. Side profile looks very Range Rover-ish but I do like it along with the rear end. Interior is much better than before but the rims got to go, not working for me. Overall, I think it’s a good looking SUV.

  • fabri99

    Well, I’m not impressed.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle
  • Dennis Scipio

    This takes Lincoln to a whole new level in their improved vehicles and their interiors (wow i definitely see Ford Expedition.)

  • haudit

    It’s a pretty heavy-handed design. Huge grille, huge headlights, and a use of chrome that’s a little bit too liberal for its own good. Where’s the subtlety?

    • Nordschleife

      The Escalade is not subtle. The GLS550 isn’t subtle so why should this be?

  • Mark S

    Just Silly! The modern version of the boulevard cruiser. Trying much to hard.

  • Tinky-Winky

    That thing looks yuuge.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    I think its an overall improvement to its predecessor, however, I don’t think its up to par with the top dogs in this segment. Lincoln is absolutely moving in the right direction though.

  • An Existing Person

    Not liking it at all so far.

  • Tumbi Mtika


    It’s GOOD!

    • john1168

      Right??? When I first saw it I was like WTF??? But in a good way! Total shocker…

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Lincoln have finally returned.

  • Texbob

    Love it. Great execution!! As close to the concept as you can get. Now, which package includes the Lincoln logo headlamps, like the Black Label Conti.

  • dumblikeyou2

    It’s good. It’ll do well. I’m not a Ford fanboy either.

  • TheBelltower

    I am betting three things…

    First, that all of that ridiculous chrome is not real metal. Chrome-like plastic that will peel off like it did on the cup holder in my rental Mustang.
    Second, the setbacks are vinyl. Not leather.
    Third, that the steering wheel airbag cover is plastic. Not leather like in a Range Rover.

    I have no problem with a fake luxury car. As long as they accept a stack of fake $100 bills for it.

    • MarketAndChurch

      True. In 2014, Autoblog reported that of the top5 vehicles selling for 50,000 dollars and more, 4 of them are body on frame trucks, and only the Mercedes E-class cracked the top5. The others in the top5? The Tahoe, Ram, Silverado, and Ford’s F-series. Not the Range Rover, Mercedes S-class, or the BMW X5.

      The plastic chrome, vinyl seatbacks, and plastic airbag covers is sort of missing the point here, because there are Americans who want a nice family-hauler to drive to the coast or up to a ski lodge, and still be able to haul a boat out to the lake, or bring something large back from the home depot. That’s where this, the Escalade, Expedition, Tahoe, Silverado, and Ram come in.

      • TheBelltower

        I completely agree with you. However the most obvious competitor, the Escalade, has achieved a level of material quality that previous Navigators or any Lincoln hasn’t. So I’m assuming it’s more of the same with this Nav. It’s just so cheesy and inauthentic. An extra $50 worth of material quality to Ford would be perceived to be worth thousands to the buyer. These may look good new, but they age terribly because of this.

  • Jonathan Garcia

    looks great in that dark red compared to the blue.

  • Mr. Crankypants

    Picture #25 shows two guys covering it up. Permanently I would hope. What a mess. Those hideous wheels alone are reason enough to send their designer to jail.

  • antbee

    Needs better leather, like Napa or full-grained.

  • Astonman

    I was hoping they kept the dropping roofline from the concept. It looks too squared and boxy from the side. I don’t like the new grill – how it’s indented. It would look better flushed with the surface.

  • Kannag Don Amenra

    I love it. I’ll take one in black with a black interior.

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  • ChrisInIL

    When I look at this car, I think “striped socks and a plaid tie”.

  • U8INIT

    This is the beez knees. That interior is stunning…it looks upscale and worthy of it’s price tag. This looks like the concept car inside and out honestly.

  • TrevP

    I like it more than the Benteyga.

  • James Bone

    A grille that looks like a license plate is already there. Tech advance? You be the judge…

  • U8INIT

    The Jeep Grand Wagoneer better bring it…

  • getoffme

    Looks surprisingly good.

  • Texbob

    Looking at this makes me want a new Aviator. This is a great looking vehicle and ticks all the boxes, but I want one in Explorer size.