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NEW YORK Ford Motor Co. redesigned 2018 Lincoln Navigator will be lighter, faster, more spacious and more luxurious to help the brand recapture lost ground in the profitable full size luxury SUV market.
The re engineered Navigator sheds 200 pounds with a new aluminum body and features a new 3.5 liter V 6 engine paired with a 10 speed automatic transmission that gets 70 more horsepower and about 40 more pound feet of torque than the outgoing model. luxury sales crown in 1998. It prompted rivals, including GM Cadillac, to introduce their own large, upscale SUVs. sales have fallen from 43,859 in 1998 to 10,421 last year, trailing competitors such as the Cadillac Escalade and Infiniti QX80. Lincoln is banking on the 2018 redesign to change that.
view is that within the large premium utility segment, there are several sub segments and people with different aesthetic ideas, Lincoln President Kumar Galhotra told Automotive News. are customers out there looking for elegance in design and a great marriage of form and functionality. We certainly expect to increase our share of the segment substantially with this vehicle. light vehicle market, which has expanded for seven straight years but is down in the first quarter. Ford executives said earlier this week that utilities crossovers and SUVs could represent 45 percent of the industry’s light vehicle volume in the next five to seven years.
The 2018 Navigator shares many of the same design features as the concept vehicle shown in New York last year, but the concept’s flashy gull wing doors have vanished from the production SUV.
The interior includes many of the features introduced on the redesigned 2018 Ford Expedition, unveiled in February. That includes sliding second row seats, and reclining third row seats. Both rows of seats have power folding options.
Like the Expedition,
the newest Navigator comes with charging ports at every seat, with six USB ports, four 12 volt power outlets and a 110 volt plug. The center console features a wireless charging pad for smartphones.
The driver and front row passenger seats include the massaging seats that debuted in the Continental. They can be configured 30 ways.
The large SUV comes with a 12 inch configurable instrument cluster and what Lincoln calls the industry largest and brightest head up display that shows time, weather, speed and gas. Phone calls, radio stations and navigation prompts also show up for a few seconds, then fade away.
The head up display is a Lincoln exclusive feature. It also contains different interior materials, and a key shifter that cannot be found in the Expedition.
Executives said the 2018 Navigator will be more expensive than the current model, which starts around $63,000, but declined to give specifics, saying only that it would be competitive for the segment. The company also declined to offer specifics on fuel economy ratings, but said mpg will improve over the current model.
The 2018 Navigator will go on sale in the fall of 2017.
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