July 03, 2020 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

2020 Lincoln Navigator Black Label 4×4

The North American Conquistador

The 4th generation Lincoln Navigator once again builds on its more modest stablemate the Ford Expedition, a co-joined strategy that began back in 1997. As both siblings evolved through the years, the distinguishing features of the Navigator slowly gained a lengthier list of upgrades to distance itself. This all-new version represents the most extensive differentiating features yet.

Our test unit was the standard-length version which, like the Expedition, has a longer-wheelbase model simply designated by an “L” while the Ford is called the “Max”. The longer versions ride on an extra 9.1-inch wheelbase that effectively doubles the trunk capacity. Our test unit had the Black Label packaging which drove the list price up significantly by $22,600.00 from the standard base model. The Navigator test unit came in Burgundy Velvet while the interior got the additional Destination theme trim. Compared to a fully-loaded standard length Expedition with the same 7-seater seating, this Navigator rolled on the weight scale with an additional 163-pounds of weight.

The 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost engines may initially look the same compared to the Expedition but the tuning is very different. To compensate for the extra weight from all the additional equipment, the Navigator gets the same engine of the F-Series Raptor, so it gets 50 bhp and 30 lb.-ft more torque than the Expedition which obviously easily makes up for the extra ballast.

So, what does the extra cash get you on top of the obvious redesign? Here are some of the highlights: the adaptive suspension was recalibrated for a better range of parameters to improve ride comfort even further on 285/45R22 114H Hankook Dynapro HT tires, unique push button gear selection, the 1,200-watt Revel Ultima 20-speaker audio is mind-blowing, abundant active and passive noise controls, a genuinely opulent full-featured interior that uses laser-etched diamond textures combined with Khaya Mahogany appliques, Perfect Position Seats with Active Motion®2 that feature a patented comfort-carrier design that flexes around you with a divided powered thigh support that can help reduce muscle fatigue (one of the highest levels of articulation in any vehicle which allows occupants to achieve optimal support), Head-Up Display that features DLP Technology which makes it easy to read even with polarized sunglasses, multiple energy sources that even allow charging devices for up to 75 minutes after you’ve switched the engine off, multiple Drive Modes for easy behavioral adjustment to suite your drive requirements, a central 10-inch touchscreen infotainment control, 100% LED lighting inside and out, panoramic Vista Roof®, Santos Rosewood trim, Venetian leather, Dinamica® suede cloth headliner, fully digital and configurable instrument display, and so much more.

The Lincoln Navigator is very elegant yet still adventurous. Even with its massive footprint, the Lincoln Navigator could actually be the quickest and most agile full-size SUV in the market today. Sure, the steering might be a little too light for some drivers but I thought it was appropriate and communicative. The only downsides of the new Lincoln Navigator are its high price and thirst. If you can afford it and you have a big enough garage to accommodate it, you would love it. Compared to how the first-generation Navigators floated along clumsily and lethargically, this current model drives like a focused athlete, the very best of its breed ever.

Specifications

Engine

Engine V6
Displacement 3496 cc
Cylinder Head dohc 24V
Fuel Injector Direct Injection Intercooled Twin-Turbo, Ti-VCT
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 450 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 510 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
Transmission 10-speed AT

Performance

Top Speed 184 km/h (115 mph) Governed
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 5.7 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 16 mpg City / 21 mpg Highway

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) US$ 96,570.00
What's Great Very desirable, versatile and outstanding packaging, the ultimate luxury Exped with more oomph
What's Not So Steep price
C! Editors Rating 9.5/10
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