Lincoln waited 10 years to introduce a next-generation Navigator, and the result is an SUV that looks very little like its predecessor. From the chrome accents to the shiny new wheels, the Navigator almost looks like it’s still a concept, despite having been shown in production form at the New York auto show earlier this month. The 2018 Lincoln Navigator promises a host of technology and ergonomic improvements over the old model, but has it become too flashy for its own good?
The Navigator receives a new grille that’s similar to what you’ll find on other Lincoln models. As the driver approaches, the Lincoln badge on the grille even lights up, while a welcome puddle lamp illuminates the ground below the front doors. Just about everything else up front, including the bedazzled headlights and the design of the lower front fascia, is also new.
Thanks to its high visual beltline and clean proportions, the new Navigator looks a little more upright than its predecessor. Looking at the side profile, a new character line shoots out of the headlights, runs along the top of the silver door handles, and reaches all the way to the taillights. The hood looks taller, giving the model a more confident posture. Silver accents on the bottom of the doors and on the Navigator emblem preceding the front door provide extra embellishment.
Just like on the old Navigator, the taillights on the new model are connected by a bar. But this time, the taillights rise up out of the bar instead of shooting down beneath it, eliminating the old model’s droopy appearance out back. Lincoln has also redesigned the license plate holder and other lighting elements.
Inside the cabin, there are too many changes to count. A large touchscreen sits above the dashboard, and the physical buttons and knobs are now clustered in a small area below the air vents. The center console box has been redesigned, and the traditional shifter has been replaced with four toggle switches for changing gears. Other features on the new Navigator include six USB ports, a head-up display, Sling Media access for watching live TV on the go, trailer back-up assist, a 12-inch configurable instrument cluster, and heated, cooled, and massaging front seats with 30-way power adjustability.
Is the 2018 Lincoln Navigator refreshing or revolting? Let us know in the comments below.
In last week’s Refreshing or Revolting, we asked for your thoughts on the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. All 401 comments we received were pretty mixed.
“LOVE this car,” said Peter Papaleo. “In the looks department and more so that they have the balls to produce it.”
Although Guillermo Vega said he appreciates the Demon’s performance, he had a different take on the styling. “RevoltingDemon brings the Dragster DNA to an ‘everyday car.'”
“Makes the Hellcat look like a Prius,” noted Sledneck27.