By on July 15, 2019

Until the refresh of the Cadillac Escalade arrives, you want the Lincoln Navigator if you need a premium American battle tank. It’s a Raptor-powered beast of a cruiser, and Lincoln is keeping it fresh for the 2020 model year by offering a new appearance package and more standard tech.

Starting with the visuals, there is now a Monochromatic Appearance Package for the Navigator. If you don’t like chrome, and this author doesn’t, then this is a box you’ll want to check. Yes, there’s still some chrome, it is a Navigator after all. But the Monochromatic Package on the Reserve series offers three different colors to “showcase the bold lines” of the Navigator.

The three available colors are Pristine White, Ceramic Pearl and Infinite Black. “The monochromatic palette emphasizes the strong lines of the Navigator,” says Earl Lucas, Lincoln chief designer. “It’s a perfect color scheme for a full-size luxury SUV, and it offers clients another way to personalize their new Navigator.” It’s also taking advantage of the ongoing minimalism trend in design. Perhaps Jonny Ive’s Apple influence is rubbing off?

The new technology on board the Navigator is also worth mentioning. Aviator, launching later this year, is the first Lincoln vehicle to offer Phone As A Key tech. The 2020 Navigator receives this technology as standard. Which makes sense, because the Navigator is the brand’s flagship.

Power running boards and heated and ventilated seats are now standard as well — as is wireless charging for phones.

Lincoln’s CoPilot360 is also on board. This includes automatic high beam headlights, blind spot detection with trailer coverage, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection and more.

Similar to Ford’s version of the tech, Lincoln appears to be making much of the safety systems standard as models get refreshed. That also further separates the Navigator from the Escalade, while development of the new version continues over at General Motors.

[Images: Lincoln]

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28 Comments on “Paint It Black: 2020 Lincoln Navigator Has New Monochromatic Colors, Safety Tech...”

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    This is one big, good looking SUV :)

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    This improves the look but they stopped halfway through.

    Why is it virtually impossible to get a full size truck or SUV that’s actually free of chrome?

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    Cadillac Escalade looks so old and out of date compared to this Lincoln Navigator.
    Money on the hood at your Cadillac dealer proves my point.

    • 0 avatar

      Dated and more liked.

      Escalade sells 2-1 to the MKExpedition.

      • 0 avatar

        Lincoln dealers around my area have a waiting list for the Navigator.
        Cadillac dealers are taking $15k off the Escalade before stepping foot at the dealer.

        • 0 avatar

          What area do you live in? There are close to two thousand new Navigators sitting on dealer lots, with negotiations opening at $5K under list in my state. How many Navigators a year does Ford sell? Does 2K represent two weeks supply? Five?

          The worst thing you can do at new car time is buy the one in demand product offered by a dealer saddled with a line of turkeys. You will get gouged deep enough to leave a permanent scar.

          • 0 avatar

            Salt Lake City area. Can’t find a new Navigator in the state. On the other hand this is just one Cadillac dealer which has 70 Escalade’s.

            Jerry Seiner Cadillac


          • 0 avatar

            Performance Lincoln Bountiful has them in stock for four grand off.

          • 0 avatar

            One new Navigator in the state of Utah. It will be gone by the weekend.
            Cadillac dealers can’t get rid of Escalade’s. Looked at one online yesterday for $19,000 off sticker price. They are basically only used for luxury taxi cabs to and from the the sky lodges.

          • 0 avatar

            Is Salt Lake City on the border? I’m seeing three.

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    Still ugly. Just terrible designers at Lincoln.

    I don’t see this helping the poor sales of the MKExpedition

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    That is one big, ugly SUV.

    The front end looks like they couldn’t decide what it should look like, so they tried bits of everything. On the plus side, the hideous Lincoln pinwheel spoke wheels are now almost invisible in all black.

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    I am not in this purchasing demographic, though I live in a community where Escalades, Suburbans and Denali’s (et al) are a dime a dozen.

    So I wonder why I don’t see more of these Navigators, they seem to have the presence the local lacrosse mom and hockey dad demand when towing their wake boat to the country club to spend their required $350 per month on food as per the Social membership requirement.

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    Is there at least a backup keyfob or something? A phone as key is disturbing and…unnecessary.

    • 0 avatar

      Yes it still has the intelligent access key like they do now and you can choose to not put the app on your phone and pretend it doesn’t exist.

      In case you do leave the fob at home and your battery dies you can still enter, and now start and drive, with the supplied combination.

      Personally I’m all for it. I’ve already got that in a way as our 2 main vehicles have intelligent access keys. Both reside in the bowels of my wife’s purse. So I just don’t ever carry a key to her car as we pretty much only take it when we go somewhere together. Now on her car there is no driver memory function. My car on the other hand does have memory function but in the owner’s manual it states that if two keys are present the higher ranked key will determine the settings. IE if it detects the key tied to the #1 button and the #2 or #3 button it will set to #1. I found out that is not true as we were in a hurry and I didn’t grab my key when we walked out the door. To my surprise it detected the key was on the passenger side and left it in my #1 setting.

      Since her car has a plug there is an app for it and that is what I use when I need to unlock it and she is not around.

      The only problem I see is if the battery gets so low that it can’t run the driver’s door module and lock motor. Then you are going to need the emergency key to unlock the door. Which of course is stashed in the fob.

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    Absolutely hideous, slab-sided monstrosity, and they couldn’t even get the front or rear aesthetic tasteful, either.

    And I’m not joking or exaggeration, either, regardless of my well known disapproval of most of the rolling dumpster fires that are Ford/Lincoln vehicles, and Ford/Lincoln’s abhorrent quality control and disastrous reliability woes that affect a huge chunk of their vehicle lineup.

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    I’m showing my age here… the “Monochromatic Appearance Package” totally kills it for me… deal breaker. I’ll leave the “murdered out” look to the high school kids with their cans of plasti-dip & stick-on fender ports. That’s what WE did in high school… pop the hub caps off & paint the rims gloss black… then flip the lid on the air filter over, for a little more induction noise. These days, I see FAR too many plasti-dipped vehicles with peeling rims and bumpers… like an edifice of broken teeth. I don’t have a problem with chrome… or plasti-chrome… typically, it’s more durable than painted surfaces. I don’t have to paint everything black to feel “tough”… don’t need that kind of validation… but to each his own. The rims on my Ram 2500 are plasti-chrome. The rims on my Focus ST are painted glossy charcoal, & the rims on my C5 Z06 are chrome (tho I wish they were painted or polished instead). But in regard to the Navigator, I think some chrome is appropriate. At least now, there’s an option for those who feel otherwise.

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