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2018 Lincoln Navigator Introduction

The Lincoln Navigator received a total redesign for the 2018 model year. The 2018 Lincoln Navigator is bigger and heavier than before, more powerful, and way more luxurious. The new Lincoln Navigator is unapologetically big, brash, and loaded with luxury features. Glamour has returned.

As with the closely related, all-new Ford Expedition, the 2018 Lincoln Navigator is available in two lengths. The standard version rides on a 122.5-inch wheelbase and measures 210 inches long. The extended-length Lincoln Navigator L sits on a 131.6-inch wheelbase and is 221.9 inches long.

Long-body Lincoln Navigators come in Select, Reserve, and Black Label trim. Rear-wheel drive is standard on Premiere and Select editions. All-wheel drive is standard on upper trim levels, and an option at the lower end.

Lincoln’s 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine whips up 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque, teamed with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The related Ford Expedition’s V6 develops no more than 400 hp. The 6,000-pound SUV can reach 60 mph in less than 6 seconds.

Bountiful glass area gives the Lincoln Navigator better outward visibility than GM’s full-size SUVs. Parking can be a tad challenging, because of the perpendicular front end.

Upper trim levels can be fitted with plenty of safety technology, but mainly in option groups. A safety package for Reserve trim includes forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane-departure warning, active parking assist, and a head-up display. Such safety features are standard on Black Label models. All Lincoln Navigators get a rearview camera. Surround-view cameras are available for all except the Premiere.

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