By on March 23, 2016

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Lincoln revealed a new Navigator concept today, bringing the “Quiet Luxury” theme found in the new Continental to the SUV range. Unlike the aircraft-inspired sedan revealed in Detroit, the Navigator has touches influenced by million-dollar yachts and sailboats.

Apparently Lincoln has forgotten all the land yachts they and others foisted upon us back in the days of malaise.

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The Navigator concept is powered by a 400-horsepower twin-turbo V6, outfitted with multiple drive modes to match the driver’s mood. No word if the large SUV will do best tacking to starboard or to port.

The Navigator also shows a new wardrobe management system, to make sure that the driver always has a fresh pair of Top-Siders at the ready.

The gullwing door mechanism works in concert with a trio of steps, apparently developed in tandem with Gillette, to ease access to the cabin. Inside, thirty speakers will do their best to cocoon the passengers from the outside world — potentially negating the “Quiet Luxury” tagline.

[Images: Lincoln]

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64 Comments on “NYIAS: Lincoln Navigator Concept – Quiet Luxury With Thirty Speakers...”


  • avatar
    RetroGrouch

    The answer to the question that no one asked

  • avatar

    I seriously doubt that those gull wing doors or those runningboards will make it into a final production.

    It looks “big” and spacious enough.

    Heated/cooled/ventilated seats for all passengers would be a good feature if offered.

    Apple Carplay at every seat would probably add $1000 to each row – but it actually looks like a good concept overall.

    The Navigator and Escalade still manage to get lease sales with ease here. Mostly fleet vehicles. This does look like a good family car.

    Can it replace my uncle’s 2010 Navigator? Depends: how much will it be able to tow?

    • 0 avatar
      VoGo

      Lincoln already stated the gullwing doors are concept only – to show off the interior. Those seats in the first 2 rows are impressive.

      • 0 avatar
        heavy handle

        That’s too bad. I think that Tesla has shown that gull wings are a real plus in an SUV, and totally doable if you apply engineering skills. They address the issue of having a large back seat that you can’t get car seats into, or people over 60 years old (Lincoln’s target audience).

        • 0 avatar
          anomaly149

          Tesla demonstrated that whiz-bang doors are a great way to delay your car’s launch. (And they still don’t work worth a darn)

          • 0 avatar
            heavy handle

            All of Tesla’s launches so far have been delayed, no need to blame one feature on one car.

            Funny thing is, even with delays, they still manage to deliver stuff that is years ahead of traditional automakers. Not saying you should buy one, just that they still don’t have any direct competition.

        • 0 avatar
          JimZ

          “and totally doable if you apply engineering skills.”

          I just rolled my eyes into the next state.

          • 0 avatar
            heavy handle

            Are you saying that Ford couldn’t engineer a gull wing door even if they tried? That’s harsh.

            My point was that it’s not quantum physics, it’s just a different hinge and latch. The back seats in Navigators, Escalades and Yukons are surprisingly hard to get into, kind of like spelunking your way into a huge cave.

          • 0 avatar
            JimZ

            no. It’s because anything’s possible if you throw enough money at it and don’t mind losing money on each car you sell.

        • 0 avatar
          fishiftstick

          This involves way more than a hinge and a latch. You need hydraulics to keep the door up, counterweights to make it easier to close, and a system to let the door open when the car is rolled over. The roof must be strengthened to bear the weight of the doors, and to keep crash integrity with less area.
          In Tesla’s case there are also multiple sensors and motors.
          The X is a crossover. The Navigator is a body-on-frame SUV. It’s a full foot taller than the X. Adding gull-wing doors would further reduce the ability to use indoor parking.

          What might be more functional in an SUV is split doors. The top half opens like a conventional door, while the bottom half swings down and forms steps.

        • 0 avatar
          laserwizard

          Tesla is a joke – those doors are hideous and worthless. If the concept were so great, both doors on each side would be that way – it is an answer that has no point.

      • 0 avatar
        bball40dtw

        The seats are similar to the ones in the Continental. I keep hearing people at Ford refer to them as “Wow Seats”. They are extremely comfortable. I agree that the second row set up looks especially great.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      It’ll tow more than the ’10.

  • avatar
    ...m...

    …the in-flight entertainment is ridiculous enough, but that wardrobe leaves me speechless…

  • avatar
    mcs

    “the Navigator has touches influenced by million-dollar yachts and sailboats.”

    and the Tesla Model X.

    If they wanted to be unique, they could go to their past and put in suicide doors. With the X, at least, you have the normal front doors to exit if the thing turtles. With this design, there isn’t a chance. Anyway, it’s a concept so it really doesn’t matter.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      The full wing doors are just meant to show off the interior. There’s no way that, and the high school gym bleachers you seem to use to step into this beast make the production model.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    This is about the stupidest design with the stupidest power plant I’ve ever seen.

    • 0 avatar
      heavy handle

      Do you mean the basic design, or the concept-only features?

      • 0 avatar
        bball40dtw

        The basic design is a good one. It’s basically a Continental Range Rover. It looks even better in photographs and in person. The concept stuff is not practical but whatever.

      • 0 avatar
        Hummer

        All of the above, copying the Range Rover has really gone too far, the design is out of date at Range Rover, trying their leftovers is low. The concept material has ridiculous written all over it do you really need 3 steps to get into something as low as a minivan.
        And what happened to Ford going back to making the SUVs like the trucks? Did they already give up on that?

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          The Navigator isn’t that. It’s based on the current F150, but it isn’t made to go on the Easter Jeep Safari thing.

          • 0 avatar
            Hummer

            Neither is the current F150/Expedition/Navigator, but it at least needs to be able to do light Ranch duty.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            The 2018 Navigator won’t be any worse off-road than the current Navigator.

          • 0 avatar
            Kyree S. Williams

            The Navigator isn’t based on the current F-150. The current Navigator has been around since MY2003 without a full redesign. They’ve changed the front and rear fascias, and the electronics, but the basic bodyshell and—I bet—the frame are untouched.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            I was referring to the upcoming Navigator being current F150 based.

  • avatar
    Waterview

    FYI – Land Rover called. They’d like their Range Rover back (that profile view looks familiar).

  • avatar
    mcs

    It’ll be interesting to see if they’ve planned for a full electric version. Plenty of space for batteries under that floor. You could probably get a couple of hundred kWhs in there.

  • avatar
    heavy handle

    By the way, these are just digital renders. Did Lincoln reveal anything at all today?

    Is the Lincoln design team now fully staffed with millennials who need positive affirmation every time they make a drawing? “I’m so proud of little Madison for rendering all four wheels in the 3/4 shot, she’s making so much progress. We’re hoping next time she’ll do the same in the side profile! Here’s a C-note, go down to the mall and get yourself another tattoo.”

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    I like it minus the concept only touches like the running-boards and doors.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Lincoln stop putting G-D turbine wheels on everything, it’s gross.

  • avatar
    Tstag

    when did Ford design move to China. If they aren’t copy Aston Martin it’s Land Rover! Thing is although they’ve tried to copy Range Rover they’ve managed to design a car that somehow looks nowhere near as good

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Ford I swear if you drop the only real SUV you’ve got left you’re dead to me.

  • avatar
    skor

    This is why I no longer bother going to car shows. Car shows are now the equivalent of Paris Fashion Week. An unnaturally skinny model struts down the catwalk with one boob exposed while wearing a hat that looks like a chamber pot. So detached from everyday reality, it has zero meaning for 99.99% of the population.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Nothing new, though…unless, of course, these babies, all displayed with smiling models on a stand, were ever making it to production:

      https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3d/FirebirdIII.jpg
      https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/75/LincolnFutura.jpg

      (Though the Futura did actually stick around for a while…George Barris transformed it into the Batmobile for the ’60s “Batman” series.)

      And my favorite of all time, the Dodge Death Wish:
      https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/54/Dodge_Tomahawk.jpg

    • 0 avatar
      whynot

      Uhhh concept cars in the past use to be even zanier and out of this world with no hope of production or anything close to reality…

      In fact one of the common complaints you see from enthusiasts around auto show season is how concept cars nowadays are just thinly disguised production vehicles with maybe crazy doors, no or small mirrors, and different lighting.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    So…Lincoln styling has now gone completely derivative. But I’ll give ’em this – they’re clearly riffing, but they’re riffing off the good stuff.

    (Good looking piece, though…and I saw the new Connie at the auto show last weekend, and it looks damn, damn nice.)

    • 0 avatar

      Agreed,

      We have a KIA grill (I know fields said it’s a Bentley grill but it looks like an over grown Kia.)

      Range Rover roof and windows

      Discovery sport & explorer front fender

      Durango rear QTR windows

      and an Aspen wrinkle hood.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    My first thought, upon seeing the exterior and its floating roof, was that this was an extra-long version of the Range Rover Sport.

    Very far-fetched, but you can expect the next Navigator to look at least somewhat like this.

  • avatar
    JimInRadfordVA

    As a handicapped guy, those steps are might appealing. The gull-wings? Mighty appalling.

  • avatar
    Storz

    I like it, I hope gullwing doors catch on :)

  • avatar
    nickoo

    Should have had pillarless suicide doors. Would have harkened back to continentals of yore.

  • avatar
    healthy skeptic

    They will never build this.

    Concept cars = groundless free buzz and publicity for automakers.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      The gull wing doors and three step stairs won’t make production. If you you remove those elements, you are pretty much looking at a 2018 Lincoln Navigator.

  • avatar
    Chocolatedeath

    Well I guess am alone with liking this one. Even without the gullwings and steps..


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