Lincoln unveils updated Navigator SUV in USAAugust 18, 2021
Nothing says American luxury like a full-size SUV, and the Lincoln Navigator has been a leader in this regard for decades.
The company has now decided to gain a foothold in the market thanks to the updated Navigator 2022, which features an updated design as well as many new technologies. Key among them is the all-new ActiveGlide semi-autonomous driving system, which allows hands-free driving. Essentially a version of Lincoln’s BlueCruise, the system uses a set of cameras and radar sensors to drive the model along nearly 210,000 km of pre-mapped highways in North America. Because drivers do not need to keep their hands on the steering wheel, the instrument cluster has a camera that tracks their gaze and head position to make sure they are keeping an eye on the road ahead.
Functional upgrades include the new SYNC 4 infotainment system, which has twice the processing power of the previous one, and a larger 13.2-inch display. Besides the more power, the system is more intuitive and customizable. Other features include natural language voice recognition technology and support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay wireless connectivity.
This is just the tip of the iceberg as Navigator gets over-the-air updates and Amazon Alexa integration. With the latter, drivers can use Alexa to play music, get directions, check traffic jams, find parking spaces, and control smart home systems.
The Amazon partnership extends to entertainment features as the new Navigator offers two 10.1-inch displays with Fire TV. This means that users will be able to watch movies, music and TV shows on the go. The system comes with wireless headphones, two Alexa voice remotes, and built-in storage for watching shows even without an active internet connection.
The cabin also features a 12-inch digital instrument cluster and an “updated” head-up display. Second-row passengers will find a new 5.8-inch display for climate and sound settings, as well as new standard heated and ventilated seats. For a surcharge, you can order the second row of seats with Active Motion massage function.
While the Navigator is well equipped, luxury Black Label versions are available to buyers. The lineup expanded in 2022 as new Central Park and Invitation themes join the popular Chalet and Yacht Club versions.
As the name suggests, the Central Park theme draws inspiration from New York City attractions, which are an “organic oasis” amid a sea of skyscrapers. The park’s ambiance is extended to the SUV with Manhattan Green paint and Urban Green perforated leather that showcases an “architectural perspective”. Buyers will also find laser-patterned dark walnut wood trim that mimics the paths of a park.
If you’re not a fan of the urban jungle, the Invitation version creates a “sense of intrigue.” It is fitted with black Venetian leather seats with brandy stitching and pergola-style perforations. They are joined by Khaya wood with open pores and laser etched geometric accents.
The car also received a number of external differences, like the new Aviator. Although at first glance, the changes are subtle, the model has been equipped with a new front end with a redesigned radiator grille, as well as thinner headlights. The rear has also received a minor update as there are new taillights with cleaner and more minimalist aesthetics. According to the company, they “disappear from the center in greeting and fade to the center when saying goodbye, creating depth that gives the LED lamps a more dynamic look and enhances the overall welcome of Lincoln Embrace.”
Under the hood is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that produces 440 hp. power and 691 Nm of torque. Curiously, this is 10 hp. smaller than last year’s model, but it is paired with the familiar 10-speed automatic transmission that can send torque to all 4 wheels.
While there is no word on why the engine power was reduced, the 2022 Navigator gets an adaptive suspension with Road Preview technology. The system uses a forward-facing camera and 12 sensors to read the road 500 times per second and make up to 100 adjustments per second to keep the ride comfortable.
The 2022 Lincoln Navigator arrives at dealerships early next year, with prices to be announced closer to launch.
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