March 28, 2016 By C! Magazine Staff

New York 2016: Lincoln debuts Navigator Concept

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Lincoln previewed what’s next for their flagship SUV with the Navigator Concept at the 2016 New York International Auto Show.

“The all-new Navigator Concept reinforces our commitment to give every Lincoln client what we call quiet luxury – vehicles and experiences that are elegant, effortlessly powerful and serene,” said Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln.

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The Navigator Concept draws inspiration from luxury sailboats and yachts and combines clean, modern lines to the big SUV. Finished off with a Storm Blue paint finish, the concept features teak finishes and custom gear and wardrobe management inside.

Under the hood is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost tuned to 406 PS; the engine is similarly found in the Ford Expedition, Explorer Sport, F-150 and even the Ford GT supercar. It will feature smart active safety tech to ensure road holding ability on different surfaces and weather conditions.

New selectable drive modes allow customizable ride and handling according to the driver’s mood which alters steering, suspension and noise levels. A matching digital animation in the instrument cluster indicates the driving mode.

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Lincoln says the concept’s primary focus is on understated luxury. With that, the interior receives a significant amount of attention in terms of space and refinement with a primarily light blue hue finished in leather. All six seats will feature Lincoln-patented Perfect Position Seats adjust 30 ways to best support occupants’ different body types. The driver’s seat also includes independent deployable thigh supports for maximum comfort. A large panel display gives the driver key information and can be customized using the digital touch screen in the center stack.

The company is following the connectivity trend that is popular among luxury auto makers and this concept comes with Wi-Fi connectivity. This allows wireless streaming of content and music from mobile devices. In car entertainment is provided by an audio visual system by Revel.

For safety, it features Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, which uses radar and camera technology to scan the road ahead and a lane-keeping system vibrates the steering wheel to alert drivers they are straying from their lane and provides mild steering input to encourage them to steer back toward the center of the lane.

A new enhanced park assist system features a 360-degree view from four cameras to create an overhead image allowing drivers to see all around the vehicle. To top it all off, passengers will be welcomed by power gullwing doors with deployable concertina steps and a special lighting sequence.

“This kind of quiet luxury sets Lincoln apart. Now, we’re showing fans of large SUVs how we can exceed their expectations, without being the loudest statement on the road,” added Galhotra.

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