By on April 12, 2017


There has always been something distinctively inelegant about Lincoln’s Navigator. It never felt nearly as special as the Cadillac Escalade and it was difficult to see its owners as people worthy of emulating. Lincoln made some positive headway in its third generation, but Navigator ownership still felt like you received a bum deal on an well-equipped Ford Expedition. It was working-class utility embellished with the lies of premium luxury and sold for more than it was worth.

While the 2018 Navigator still shares its platform with the Expedition, it has done away with that sense of unsavory sameness. They’re both hulking SUVs and fit for similar duties, but the Lincoln now feels prestigious. You can soon say that you drive one while raising your eyebrows in a suggestively triumphant manner. People might even envy you. The 2018 Navigator finally matches the Escalade in both kitschy flair and genuine class. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s better than the Expedition, but it does — for the first time in history — provide a real reason to covet one over the other. 

Lincoln Navigator 2018

As this is the first time anyone has seen it in person, we haven’t driven it yet. However, unless it handles like a broken shopping cart, all of the above praise still stands.

Lincoln seems to be experiencing a return to form as of late and is becoming, dare I say, stylish again. The bodywork is just rounded enough to give the illusion of being sleek and boxy enough to further enhance its imposing stature. The Navigator has serious presence and uses a 450 horsepower/500 lb-ft twin-turbo V6 to move all that curb appeal around. Odds are good that it will be the same 3.5-liter that’s in Ford Raptor. Lincoln also borrowed a page from the F-Series’ book by implementing an aluminum-alloy body that shaves 200 pounds from the Navigator.

According to the manufacturer, those weight savings been reinvested into sound deadening and plusher amenities. While we cannot vouch for how incredible the sound system is or how effectively the laminated glass eliminates noise until we’ve driven one, oh boy, are those some nice seats. Even if they weren’t thirty-way adjustable with heating and cooling functionality, they would still be the single best looking seats to be installed on a late-model production car.

2018 Lincoln Navigator

The interior is littered with USB, SD, and HDMI ports and the standard in-car wi-fi can support up to ten devices simultaneously. An available rear-seat entertainment system allows passengers to stream content wirelessly via a smart device to one of the 10-inch adjustable screens mounted on the rear of the front seats. No matter where you’re sitting in Lincoln’s flagship SUV, the odds are good that it will be much nicer than where you sitting beforehand.

If you’re worried it might be too much vehicle for you to handle, don’t be. The Navigator now has adaptive cruise control, Ford Motor Co.’s next generation of parking assist, and 360 degrees worth of cameras — if you want to try to park the giant yourself.

Again, we don’t yet know how well it drives, but — assuming Lincoln hasn’t managed to severely muck up the suspension — the Navigator will still look good parked in the driveway and make a fine substitute for your La-Z-Boy recliner.

Lincoln Navigator

[Images: Matt Posky/The Truth About Cars; Ford Motor Company]

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95 Comments on “2017 NYIAS: Lincoln’s 2018 Navigator Tries Harder to be Itself...”

  • avatar

    Wow. I wouldn’t buy this in a million years, but it looks damned good.

    And look at that interior. If the quality’s as good as the styling, it’s a home run.

    Be afraid, Cadillac. Be very afraid.

    • 0 avatar

      Right there with ya, and well-said!

    • 0 avatar

      That seat is beautiful.

      But it’s all wrong in this segment. Buyers of BIG lux SUVs aren’t skinny little things that fit into seats with major side bolsters. They want something that’s easy to get in and out of, something relaxed that’ll accommodate their big wide backsides. And don’t.

      So points for style and innovation. But it’s in the wrong car. (Now, maybe put ’em in a high end Mustang interior package . . . .)

    • 0 avatar


      I feel, amidst a sea of ebullient and effusive praise for this monstrosity’s styling, that the world’s gone mad, serving as yet another reason for my infrequent posts here of late.

      This thing is just fugly, trying way to hard, is tacky, and lacks the clean lines and elegant, retrained, mature design of vehicles such as Range Rover.

      It looks excessively bulky, also, for no apparent good reason.

      Ford has also managed to pull off a neat trick of making the side profile look extremely slab-sided and boring, while making the hood, front fascia and extraneous elements (fake ports and running boards) look really tacky.

      Realty, really tacky. The Ford Explorer looks far better as it’s a more coherent design with much cleaner lines.

      Also, the Subaru monstrosity CUV/SUV above also suffers from an overwrought, busy stylists’s pencil, and is bulky just to be bulky.

      These SUV and many CUV designs are getting uglier and more unwieldy by the year now, as many manufacturers are trying to add more design elements to try and differentiate their products from the competition, and the end result is analogous to a hooker with 7 layers of makeup.

      Once again, for clarity; this thing is genuinely boring, while also appearing overwrought (a neat paradox styling trick, depending on angle of view) and just ugly.

      This always happens during economic bubbles when there is a hit-selling segment; this time, CUVs and SUVs are again the hot selling/must have product, so manufacturers parish to push out these monstrosities – it’s akin to that one last, tallest, overwrought skyscraper being built that foreshadows the ominous and severe downturn on the horizon.

      The flood of late-model, one-owner, low-mileage used vehicles flooding the market like a tsunami soon is going to be epic (just as the proliferation of fast casual new strip malls where nearly every tenant is a Chipotle, Penn Station, Fireman’s Sub, Qdobe, Mod Pizza, Panera Bread, Organic Avenue, Panda Express, Pei Wei, Orange Leaf, FroYo, Jimmy John’s, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, etc. etc etc is).

      Saturation overload.

  • avatar

    What a fantastic vehicle. Lincoln is back baby, bravo

  • avatar

    F*&% flying. We’ll drive the Navigator.

  • avatar
    Corey Lewis

    A brougham interior of blue and cream, and over 400 horsepower. All is well.

  • avatar
    Corey Lewis

    Oh, and please dispense with turbine wheels. They’re ugly and too busy, and there’s too much black.

  • avatar
    S2k Chris

    I know/know of way more rich people who drive Navigators than drive Escalades. There’s a neighborhood of $1.5M-$2M homes near me where a dentist friend lives, and I bet one house out of every three has a Navigator in the fleet, of varying vintage. Almost no Escalades, way too “rap video extra” for that crowd.

    • 0 avatar

      Rap video extra? Maybe 10 years ago. Most of the homes in my ‘hood are 1M+ on average. The full size luxury vehicle of choice? Yukon Denali, Escalade, and MB GLS. There are a few Range Rovers, but not many. There isn’t a Navigator to be found and I haven’t seen one since we moved here.

      The current Navigator sucks. The people in the neighborhood near you either don’t want the social baggage or just have bad taste.

      • 0 avatar
        S2k Chris

        Yukon Denalis and loaded Tahoes are also very popular, but the Escalade is conspicuous by its absence.

        Honestly, I think a lot of people bought Navigators long ago, and simply haven’t upgraded it because there hasn’t been a replacement, versus GM full sizers where there is an upgrade path.

      • 0 avatar

        “Most of the homes in my ‘hood are 1M+ on average. ”

        That’s nothing special these days. When my brother sold our parents’ 1953-built home in Palos Verdes, CA, people were tripping over themselves outbidding each other to buy it, many with Certified Checks in hand.

        It wasn’t the house or the trashy Barrio behind it. It was the land, location, and market-demand.

        When my sister sold her McMansion in West Palm Beach before moving to Israel with her husband, she got somewhere north of $15million for an estate that cost them <$1 million 25 years ago.

        Now THERE is a great ROI!

        • 0 avatar

          A “barrio” in PV ? I don’t even think you can find a taqueria up there any more than you’ll find a house with iron bars on the windows.

          • 0 avatar

            This portion of PV was developed starting in 1953 and is considered the oldest portion of the initial development.

            That’s the neighborhood I grew up in as a kid. It was such a nice neighborhood.

            The barrio starts about a block East, along PCH101, eastward.

            Google it and do the street scene, not the map.

        • 0 avatar

          What neighborhood was that ? Valmonte ?

      • 0 avatar
        Corey Lewis

        I rolled my eyes *so hard* at the Navigator anecdote that I couldn’t respond as I got a headache.

      • 0 avatar

        I can confirm Chris’s anecdote in my area. Escalades are seen as ghetto. My neighbor has one, and it’s the only one in the neighborhood. Not many Navigators either, though. The big SUVs of choice are full-size Range Rovers, Mercedes GL/GLS, and Lexus LX570. Those (very few) who insist on a domestic typically end up with a Denali.

        • 0 avatar

          I tend to see Escalades in upscale new money neighborhoods. Old money tends to go the restrained (Denali) or European route.

          But anecdotes are just that.

          No matter. The current Escalade is selling well and stereotypes or not, it’s better than the current Navigator by a mile and the sales reflect that. The jury’s still out on how the new one will compare, but it’ll take at least two generations or more before the Navigator can even come close to being an issue for the Escalade.

          I see the new Navigator being an old money car. GenX’ers and millennials that can afford it aren’t buying a Navigator in large numbers. Odd, because that’s the market that Lincoln should be targeting.

        • 0 avatar

          in what world is a vehicle which starts at $73k “ghetto?”

          • 0 avatar

            @jimz: in what world is a vehicle which starts at $73k “ghetto?”

            Oh, I’ve seen plenty of vehicles in that price range in ghetto areas recently. Some of them new. Probably from “alternative economy income”. But, it’s not the cars you might think you’d see. It’s mostly vehicles with a 3-Pointed star and obvious aftermarket wheels.

        • 0 avatar

          Here in the North East Escalade’s cycled thru. Early on popular in high end neighborhoods, then not from 2005 to 2010 or so then for some reason I started seeing them in places like Marblehead Mass and Essex CT, again and now they seem common with white haired white guys. Navigators had a much briefer life cycle with the highend yacht club crowd up here, basically just the first couple years of production. Many more Tahoes, Rovers, and Q8’s.

    • 0 avatar

      “way too ‘rap video extra’ for that crowd.”

      Is that a feature or a bug?

      The Cadillac is selling well right now and I’d argue a part of the appeal is that it isn’t the ride of choice for the dentist, country club, and Whole Foods set.

    • 0 avatar

      Agreed. Cadillacs are driven by people who make a good living. Lincolns are driven by those who have money. Look similar at a glance, but not the same population.

  • avatar

    Looks really sharp.

    I don’t know why it took Lincoln so long to figure out they couldn’t just tape some extra chrome to an Expedition and call it a day.

    Maybe that brand has finally turned a corner with this and the Continental.

    • 0 avatar

      Lincoln seems to getting back to the notion of “American Luxury”. It’s a bit brash, big, powerful and, above all, comfortable. Not a bad thing in my book.

      • 0 avatar

        I wish they’d adopt that slogan again.

        And change it up:

        “The new Lincoln Capri RWD
        hardtop sedan, hardtop coupe, convertible coupe and convertible sedan…
        [Chorus of cars being driven aggressively like we ALL do after buying one]
        From The Lincoln Motor Company

        Pure… [Coupe and sedan seen zooming by in various envy-worthy locales like a shaded two lane twist back]
        Unadulterated… [Sexy woman in red dress seen in in black leather seat in a convertible with Prince Charming getting in on the driver side in front of trendy restaurant]
        Full Strength…[Stick shift being put into 3rd as the 400 hp 3.0L TT sings]
        American Luxury.”

        Well, maybe keep it to one adjective per ad, but you get the idea. Navigator could be “Full Strength American Luxury” for example.

  • avatar

    Wow, they built the concept. Even the wheels and interior design survived from concept to production. Bravo, Lincoln!

    • 0 avatar

      I so completely agree, those wheels are so avant garde, it is amazing they kept them, class and taste

    • 0 avatar

      The turbine wheels look great. They look very classy!

    • 0 avatar

      Indeed, this has to be one of, if not the most faithful styling carryovers from concept-to-production of all time! Flicking back and forth between pictures, the missing cutline for the ridiculous gullwing door and the lugs on the (perfectly reproduced) wheels are just about the only noticeable differences!

      • 0 avatar

        The 2005-ish Lexus LF-Sh concept is the most faithful I have ever seen. About 98% of it became the 2007 Lexus LS.

      • 0 avatar

        They said at the time that the gulwing doors on the concept were only there to provide an unobstructed view of the interior that they are so proud of. It was said the concept was pretty much a production preview.

  • avatar

    The Navigator was to the Escalade what the Versailles was to the Seville.

  • avatar

    Author sounds like Matthew McConaghey

    I don’t like it. Looks narrow and slab sided. The interior is admittedly pretty godly though, and the engine choice is interesting.

  • avatar

    Looks just like the 2018 Expedition outside. That’s probably OK, because the Expedition is a big upgrade over its predecessor, and this interior is best in its price range (the full-size Range Rover’s is nicer, but it’s a lot more expensive).

    The current Escalade also looks exactly like the current Tahoe, even more than it did in the last generation, and that doesn’t seem to be hurting it.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      I hope the new Expedition’s interior is better than the current sh!tty quality Expedition interior.

      I hope it’s better than the current F150 interior.

  • avatar

    I may be in the minority, but the wheels and seats are hideous. The seats seem to be la -z- boy meets Star Trek. The power seat controls are over sized and over styled. I guess they are going for some American perception of luxury – and good luck to them.

    I noticed on other websites that the transmission selector is a few tiny buttons on the dash – which blends into a chrome strip. Not as idiotic as the cheap buttons and levers on the Acadia, but close.

  • avatar

    Finally, the ALLIGATOR grille.
    Perfect SUV for KISS’ Gene Simmons.
    Seen on “KISS Family Jewels”…
    Paint it various custom shades of green.
    Go to the Lincoln store and order extra “NAVIGATOR” and “LINCOLN” emblems.
    Design “ALLIGATOR” emblems from those pieces and let it roll!

  • avatar

    Lincoln sure manages to make the obligatory slab-face look dignified.

    An over-medicated mind might see the God of the Ancient Volvos here.

  • avatar

    “There has always been something distinctively inelegant about Lincoln’s Navigator. It never felt nearly as special as the Cadillac Escalade and it was difficult to see its owners as people worthy of emulating. ”

    Um, not in 1998 when it debuted. Cadillac rushed a GMC rebadge to market and only later found success after a redesign.

    The Navigator was THE big luxury SUV to have in the late 1990s/early 2000s. I know because I worked at a Lincoln-Mercury dealer and my first new-car sale was the most expensive Navigator we had on the lot. We had non-negotiable pricing.

    Navigator was one of our strongest sellers, if only the Town Car had adopted that front end in 1998 instead of the bat wing look. A healthy majority of the people who entered the lot were there to see a Navigator, even if they ended up in a used Mountaineer lol (example).

    I can’t believe you don’t remember the first Navigator, it was far more than a bum deal on a loaded Expedition. The first Escalade WAS NOTHING but a rebadged GMC Yukon Denali. The Navigator looked nothing like an Expedition.

    • 0 avatar

      I am going to agree with JonhTaurus here. The first gen Navigator offered independent suspension with an air suspension option to make it less truck-like, options for heated and cooled front seats, 2nd row bucket seats, capacity for 7 or 8 people, and full time AWD.

      The first Escalade was a 5-seater only, and pretty much added leather, white needles on the gauges, and a Bose sound system to differentiate itself from the Yukon Denali. It was more of a workhorse underneath, however, with selectable 4×4 and slightly better towing capacity.

      The second gen is where the Escalade surpassed the Navigator with more engine choices, trim levels, and interior options. The Navigator remained roughly the same after 2007 and withered, while the Escalade has been redesigned twice.

      • 0 avatar

        Agreed, except I don’t think the first gen was IRS. That came in the mid 00s I believe. It did have a decent 3rd row, I rode in the 3rd on a few product demonstration trips we took into Seattle. Comfortable for being the 3rd row of a BOF SUV. The 2nd row was awesome, even if the useful console looked a bit like a toilet, lol.

        Navigator did have a 32 Valve Intec version of the 5.4L unique to it, the first ‘Slade had the same tried-and-true 5.7L every other Tahoe/Yukon had. Now, reliability wise, you may can argue the Chevy 350 wins. But, the point is that the Navigator was well differentiated from Expedition, unlike the author’s contention.

        • 0 avatar

          John, Ford BOF SUV’s have always been miles ahead of GM or Euro comps. Here in my neck of the woods, BOF late-model Explorers are still retained by original owners and Trailblazers, M series and X Series are showing up on the other side of the tracks.

          Mom and I crossed shopped a Tahoe and an Ex. The IRS sealed the deal. Also, tows just great and did not have to deal with the Tahoe’s weak drive line and undersized brakes. We had a friend who purchased a new ‘Sclade same year. Option and features, the ‘Sclade seemed Pedestrian.

          • 0 avatar

            I’m biased towards Ford, if people don’t know that by now…

            However I have love for other makes. Not to get into that, I’m just saying I am not oblivious to other makes because I generally prefer the Ford.

            The Blazer was a decent first effort at the midsize SUV, better for family duty than the XJ, Trooper or Bronco II, for examples.

            But, Ford took it and ran with it with the 1991 Explorer. With Mazda’s help, the Explorer checked all the boxes and sales were exceptional. Those things were EVERYWHERE. I still see gen one Explorers all the time down here in the dirty south.

            I smiled big at this couple in Dalton Georgia in front of the courthouse Tuesday around noon (waiting on my friend who was seeing the judge about an ignored ticket), their first gen 4WD XLT was nice and sounded very healthy as they stopped at the 3 way stop and pulled off. If they would have had their window down, I’d have said “nice truck”.

            I like the Focus now that the DCT is behaving itself, but I’d have loved to drive that Explorer on our trip back.

            I always look on first and second (through 1997) trucks to see if its 4wd. First gens, you can see the hubs on the front wheels, on two wheel drives, its just a matching center cap with the rear and no hub cutout. 1995-1997, below the “EXPLORER” badge, there is a small plaque that says “CONTROL-TRAC 4WD”, you can’t read it from a distance but its easy to see the strip under the model badge. No strip=2WD, or a V-8, in which case there will be a badge on the fenders: “V-8” with “ALL WHEEL DRIVE” below the V-8 script.

            In 1997, Expedition and Navigator were light years ahead of the equivalent GM SUVs. I also see those trolling on their sixth owner looking ragged as hell passing you at 75 in a 65. I can think of worse ways to roll ghetto fabulous (2.7L Chrysler product comes to mind).

            Unfortunately, there began the Explorer’s 4.0L SOHC issues, and earlier Triton teething problems in the Expy. Shooting plugs and what not. Expedition became very reliable, though, I’ve seen 300k+ one owners running great.

            The Blazer piggy-backed on Explorer in the 1990s. It mainly sold to those who liked the Explorer, but couldn’t bring themselves to buy a Ford (die hard GM guy who’s wife loved Explorer comes to mind).

            They were settling for an inferior product IMO. Reliability was far worse, less room, less car-like ride and handling. The 4.3L was at its worse in the Blazer/Jimmy/Bravada, for some reason, particularly after the 1995 redesign. My brother has a 1997 4.3L GMC 1500 step side with 360k+ miles on its original engine. My 1995 Blazer had to have a new engine installed by a dealer prior to my owning it, and it had less than 100k at the time.

            GM did catch Ford off guard with the mid-1990s Tahoe and Yukon. They were great for what they were. Very reliable. Just like the Blazer, though, they were more truck like than Expedition/Navigator when it came out in 1997.

            Then Ford made a series of unfortunate mistakes. The 2002+ Explorer was very competitive at the family SUV market, but it had less appeal to me. It sacrificed durability for more comfort, and I’m not surprised that it eventually went to a car platform. I don’t like the CUV, but it sells well and so that’s good for R&D money that can be spent on great stuff like Raptor, Mustang, Bronco, FoRS, etc.

            Ford also let the Expedition and Navigator wither while GM continued to improve their product. The IRS seems to work better in the Expedition than it did in the BOF (02+) Explorer, reliability wise. Other than that innovation, which does provide more 3rd row room and better ride, there has been little reason to choose a 5.4L Expy over a GM full size.

            I’m glad Ford finally decided to give it an honest redesign, maybe it will help the line return to what it had when it debuted: success by leapfrogging GM, which is the only real player in that market as the Sequoia sells only slightly better than boiling water in Houston on the 4th of July. its woefully out of date and wasn’t that great when this generation debuted.

            To clarify, I know the Explorer isn’t and never was a hardcore off road machine. It was good enough through its first and second generations, after that, meh, it might as well be the Taurus wagon it is. I so wish the Everest would replace it, and take its name!

            My 1991 XL 5 speed with manual 4wd was pretty good off road, I am not a hardcore off roader but I did tackle some trails in it, and drove it many times in the soup that the PNW makes out of low lands during the rainy season (which is only 9 months lol). Never got stuck. It was funny because after I went through on this one trail, a 4Runner got stuck behind me. I think it was pretty much driver error-related, but it was funny that my mommy-mobile (albeit uncommonly equipped and lifted 2″) made it when God’s gift to off roaders didn’t. The 4Runner was in our shop for cracked head and block, well under 200k as I recall. We picked up the Explorer with a failing Mazda 5 speed manual, had it rebuilt and installed the lift before I briefly made it mine. My buddy’s mother in law ended up with it I believe.

            I miss that Explorer. But, no, *I* had to have a phucking Concorde LXi. Eye roll

          • 0 avatar


            I’d so make that my b¡tch

          • 0 avatar

            High-high miles and AWD… assuming the motor isn’t tired the transmission or AWD linkage/diff might be. I would research the trans setup before pulling the trigger, otherwise a maybe.

          • 0 avatar

            A high mileage Ford? Awe man you know me better than that. Despite his/their faults, I have faith in old Henry to get me through.

            I am kidding, s little. Yes I saw the miles. My brother drive his 1997 GMC Sierra about 75 miles one way to work everyday and it has well over 360k on it.

            I gotta get a Blue Oval to match or exceed man.
            Lol kidding aside, I would be constantly using the crap outta that thing. Towing cars, trips to Wa and back, I would maintain and repair it just like they have, and look how honest they’ve been and how they cared for that thing. They loved it. It needs to go to someone who will continue to love it into its golden years, not some meth zombie who will have it destroyed in weeks and impounded in a month.

            The foundation is strong, I can sweat the small stuff.

            I would take a second gen with Control-Trac and the OHV 6, but a V-8 AWD is fine by me, as would be a first gen 4×4.

            I would really choose a 2001 Mountaineer Monterey or Premier V-8 AWD if I had my pick. Red. Last of the solid rear axle 5 passenger versions that I love. I never cared for the Explorer Limited. I’d rather have the Merc.

  • avatar

    U can haz moar bling.

  • avatar

    “There has always been something distinctively inelegant about Lincoln’s Navigator. It never felt nearly as special as the Cadillac Escalade ”

    Huh. so the Navigator wasn’t “as special” as an Escalade even though when the Navigator launched, the Escalade didn’t exist. And when the Escalade launched, it was nothing more than a GMC Denali with a different badge.

    what planet is the author of this article living on?

  • avatar

    This is a monstrosity. Exterior styling by about 5 different committees who were blind and only had crayons to color with. The interior is as spartan a uhaul and that screen looks like a growth on the dash.

    Ford is yet again proving that they want Lincoln to fail. Between this and the continental they may as well just re badge them as Yugos or some cheap Chinese imitations of real luxury vehicles.

    Someone go check on Cadillac. I hear you can die from laughter.

  • avatar

    DW I find this Nav attractive and re Range Rover bet Nav runs longer for less.

    I just hope not a creme cheese bagel Expedition.

  • avatar

    The majority of Lincolns lineup has been a trim level of Ford for a long time and was obvious to see. With the MKC, Continental and now new Navigator they are getting their design style back. I have said for a long time that Lincoln needs to be focus on the Lexus crowd that isn’t happy with Toyota’s over the top styling.

    Reserved styling but with presence and American largesse in proportion combined with a supple ride quality. Lincoln has no business trying to chase BMW and Caddy with performance. They should do luxury, opulence and serenity while not being slow and they seem to be getting there.

    Range Rover still is the design king in regards to SUV styling in my book but they don’t offer a large three row utility, the Rover sport 3rd row is a joke.

  • avatar

    Did they purchase those fender vents from the Infiniti surplus warehouse or what?

    Other than that and those rims, I like it. Not enough to buy one but it’s nice.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Not a bad looking vehicle but I would not be interested even if I had gobs of money. If I wanted a body on frame suv I would probably get the Chevy Suburban with the cloth bench seats and a fold down arm rest. Bench seats are getting rare and I prefer them to the large consoles. I am not really interested in full size suvs but I am glad they are still available to those who can use and afford them.

  • avatar

    For dope boys that the Escalade is just too flashy for, and those than can’t afford Range Rovers?

  • avatar
    Carlson Fan

    I generally have been liking the styling on Lincolns lately and would for the most part buy them over their Ford counterpoint on looks alone. The interior looks fabulous in the pictures but the exterior just doesn’t look like a Lincoln to me. Reminds me of an ugly a$$ Land Rover with a Bentley front end.

    Styling aside looks like Ford has engineered and built a nice luxury SUV and I suspect it is nicer to sit in than an Escalade. I prefer the solid rear axle on my Tahoe for towing and don’t have a single complaint about how the beast rides and handles for what it is but I think it’s time GM steps up to an IRS on their FS SUVs.

  • avatar

    When are the interior designers going to get over the “iPad suction-cupped to the dash” meme?

  • avatar

    I’m shocked by the love for this thing. I am a fan of big and blocky and “American” design in cars but this thing is way over the top. Way too overdone. Wheels are hideous. Awful. You can be flashy and classy and this misses both.

    I prefer the Escalade far more. Though that color and those wheels on the Navigator aren’t helping.

    Interior looks very good.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    Is this designed for the Chinese market?

    The new Nissan Patrol is fugly, but when questioned on the aesthetics, Nissan confessed it was targeting the Arabian consumer. What’s Ford excuse for this Lincoln?

    What an ugly vehicle. I think the Europeans and Japanese (external to the Japanese, US creations like that fugly Scoobie Do above) are designing not only superior looking SUVs, but also superior performing SUVs.

    I saw a new Land Rover Discovery yesterday. A very good looking SUV. AND it will have this Lincoln for dinner off road and it’s cheaper.

    Just because a vehicle is big doesn’t translate into better.

    Week before last I had an XLT Expedition in Hawaii dor a few days. A cattle truck of a vehicle, complete with turbo lag.

    I hope the Lincoln’s interior quality of materials and fit is better than the Expedition’s worse than a Chinese finish. An embarassment to Ford.

    As an aside. I had a choice between a Hemi Ram and a Ford aluminium wonder truck. I took the Ram. It’s interior was also better than the Ford. Plus I drove the aluminium Ford at work.

    It seems Ford is trying to produce crappier interiors than Chev.

    If the exterior is a gauge to go by, expect it to be laden with massive bling in an attempt to pass it off as a luxury vehicle to the unassuming.

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