Lincoln’s high-end, Navigator SUV has been well-received after the recent redesign and the brand boasted with the fact that 2/3 of buyers are customers of other carmakers. Curiosity is also that about 90 percent of buyers are picking the most expensive versions. Lincoln wants to stay on the right path and brought a handful of upgrades for the 2020 version. The model received the additional standard features and Lincoln’s Co-Pilot 360 package of active safety systems. The full-size Navigator gained also the new monochromatic exterior option for the 2020 model year.
The truck-based, premium SUV should, on the other hand, stay largely unchanged for the 2021 version while should receive the mid-cycle update for the 2022 model. The 2021 Lincoln Navigator could, however, get the hybrid variant according to some reports but Lincoln hasn’t confirmed it yet. Ford announced the range of electrified vehicles including the all-electric versions. The Ford F-150 and Expedition hybrids are in works as the reports suggest and Ford even released the video of the all-electric F-150 towing over 1 million pounds. However, Ford hasn’t confirmed yet when the full-size models will actually get the hybrid options.
2021 Lincoln Navigator: Design
The current fourth-generation Lincoln Navigator arrived for the 2018 model year based on Ford’s T3 platform. With the new platform, the full-size Navigator adopted also the aluminum-intensive body and new styling language. By implementing the new styling features debuted by the Lincoln Continental and clever body sculpting, the full-size Navigator manages to look elegant and sophisticated despite its large proportions.
The 2021 Lincoln Navigator should inherit the styling from the current version while the 2020 model should introduce some visual modifications as the part of the mid-life update. The 2021 version will likely introduce new exterior shades and wheel options. The special edition version with unique exterior treatment is also possible to keep attention on the model.
The premium Navigator provides a massive interior volume and even more if one picks the extended L version. The well-executed cabin delivers plenty of room for passengers in all rows and up to 103 cubes of the cargo space. Behind the electronically controlled third row, the cargo capacity is 19.3 cubes and 57.5 cubes with the third-row folded.
The Navigator comes also with the high-quality materials in all grades as well as with nice, contrasting trim accents. There will also be a highly configurable digital instrument cluster accompanied by the large center touchscreen driven by Ford’s newest Sync infotainment system.
The model will also offer standard features such as the running boards, wireless charging, heated and ventilated front seats, navigation, more than a dozen speakers, etc.
The high-value, large SUV will also employ the brand’s Co-Pilot360 suite of active safety systems. The model will rely on lane-keeping assist, lane departure warnings, blind-spot detection, forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection. There will also be surround-vision cameras and active park assist.
2021 Lincoln Navigator: Powertrains
The 2021 Lincoln Navigator will again get massive power and torque from Ford’s twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The engine comes in the combination with the smooth 10-speed automatic transmission. The Navigator will have 450 hp and torque of 510 pound-feet at disposals while the twin-turbo V-6 makes 400 horsepower and torque of 480 pound-feet in the Ford Expedition. This engine allows up to 8, 700 pounds of towing with the upgraded hitch.
The Navigator should return around 18 mpg combined fuel economy with both two- and all-wheel drive. The hybrid version could come to improve the fuel economy but the brand hasn’t confirmed yet. The Navigator hybrid should use a similar setup as the Aviator Hybrid by combining a twin-turbo V-6 engine with the electric motor and battery pack. The system in Aviator uses a 3.0-liter bi-turbo V-6 assisted by the 100 hp electric motor and 13.6 kWh battery for the total output of 496 hp and a massive torque of 630 pound-feet. The Navigator should employ more potent setup.
2021 Lincoln Navigator: Release, Price
The 2021 Lincoln Navigator will enter the market in late 2020. The price should again start in the mid-$70, 000. If the hybrid version arrives for the 2020 model year, it will go over $100, 000.