The ongoing Navigator has been on the market pretty much unchanged for roughly a decade so it was about time Lincoln did something about it. A few weeks back at the New York Auto Show they released the all new 2017 Lincoln Navigator concept crossover, a really interesting car and certainly a step forward for Lincoln. Unfortunately there aren’t that many details available about it just yet but from the looks of it, there are strong suggestions that the car is still using a body-on-frame design and an aluminum body. This would make a lot of sense as the car will actually share most of its running gear and chassis components with the Expedition.
2017 Lincoln Navigator Release Date
The release date for the actual production model is currently unknown but rumors suggest that the car will first be presented some time at the end of the year and it should be ready for production in the first part of 2017. The price will likely remain unchanged, so expect to pay around $65,000 or little over that for a base model while a top of the range one will surely go for over $100,000, especially now when Lincoln is trying to become a more premium manufacturer.
Just like with the Continental concept showcased a while back, the 2017 Lincoln Navigator concept also managed to spawn a lot of attention and criticism due to its resemblance with the Range Rover Sport. This is not that far from the truth but as we have seen in the past, neither Lincoln or Ford really care much about that so the production model is definitely going to be very similar to the concept car. The front end with the new Lincoln grille, the Continental-like headlights or the really smooth design of the body are going to be carried over. The gull-wing doors or the steps for entering the cabin are certainly going to be discontinued in the favor of something more conventional. The car’s blacked out C and D pillars, as well as likely black B-pillars, should be retain while the design of the rear end with the wraparound tail lights is definitely going to become a Lincoln signature.
Lincoln Navigator Interior
Inside the cabin the concept is quite impressive and it is quite clear that Lincoln wanted to emphasize how much technology the put into the car with every passenger being given at least a large touch-screen. The production model will likely see this kind of technology only on the higher end versions but the base models are still going to receive all the usual safety features that have been showcased on this concept such as the frontal collision warning and pedestrian avoidance system or even the automatic parking system.
2017 Lincoln Navigator Specs
Under the hood, the 2017 Lincoln Navigator concept is boasting a 3.5 liter twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine which they said it is making over 400 horsepower which is at least 20 hp more than the one before it. Unfortunately at this point in time there aren’t any more official details but it is pretty safe to assume that the production model of the Navigator will be available in rear or all wheel drive forms and the engine will most likely be mated to a 10 speed automatic which was first showcased on the Raptor. The fuel consumption should improve quite a bit thanks to its lower total weight and on top of that, the performance and towing capability should improve by quite a bit. The only real drawback of this engine will likely be the fact it won’t be available in a higher performance guise which is to be desired, especially for a car that will cost over $100,000 in its top end trim levels.