2018 Lincoln Navigator Sports Plush Interior, Aluminum Assets, Fox Business

2018 Lincoln Navigator Sports Plush Interior, Aluminum Figure

Lincoln introduces the two thousand eighteen Lincoln Navigator at the Fresh York International Auto Showcase on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. ( Lincoln )

Interior of the two thousand eighteen Lincoln Navigator ( Lincoln )

Lincoln is bringing a host of luxurious features to the next-generation Navigator, which will make its official debut Wednesday at the kickoff to the two thousand seventeen Fresh York International Auto Showcase.

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The Navigator is getting its very first top-to-bottom redesign in a decade, providing Lincoln a stronger competitor in a business predominated by General Motors’ (GM) stable of full-size SUVs. Lincoln has experienced rapid sales growth, yet the Navigator has lagged behind. Lincoln’s most recognizable nameplate was outsold by the Cadillac Escalade two-to-one in 2016.

The two thousand eighteen Navigator is aimed at buyers looking for plush luxury vehicles. Lincoln will drop a Three.5-liter, twin turbocharged V6 under the rubber hood, generating a projected four hundred fifty horsepower. But executives and designers emphasized creature comforts fitting Lincoln’s “quiet luxury” strategy, such as massaging seats and wireless movie streaming to built-in TV screens.

Lincoln also switched the Navigator to an aluminum assets, cutting almost two hundred pounds from the vehicle’s weight.

Lincoln President Kumar Galhotra touted the Navigator’s best-in-class gam room and tech-friendly cabin, with USB ports accompanying all three rows. The Navigator is tooled with a 12-inch instrument cluster, Ford’s SYNC three system with Apple (AAPL) CarPlay and Android Auto, and an optional wireless phone charger located in the center console. A brighter heads-up display is designed to be viewable while wearing sunglasses.

Elsewhere, the Navigator’s leather seats include built-in rubdown, heating and cooling functions for front passengers, while seats in the third row are power-reclining. The panoramic roof is the largest in any SUV, Galhotra noted.

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2018 Lincoln Navigator (FOX Business/Matthew Rocco)

2018 Lincoln Navigator (FOX Business/Matthew Rocco)

2018 Lincoln Navigator (FOX Business/Matthew Rocco)

Other high-end features available in the Navigator include rear-seat entertainment, a 20-speaker sound system and trailer backup assist, which Ford has suggested in its F-Series trucks. Lincoln will also suggest a Black Label Yacht Club trim, plus two other Black Label options on the Navigator.

“When designing the Navigator, we put an emphasis on ultra-luxury touch points,” said David Woodhouse, Lincoln’s design director.

Molly Cosgrove, brand manager for the Navigator, said Lincoln believes the two thousand eighteen Navigator will appeal to families with combined household income of $200,000 per year.

The Navigator will proceed to be built in Kentucky. Sales are expected to begin in the fall of 2017.

Automakers are showcasing a number of fresh luxury SUVs and crossovers at the Fresh York auto demonstrate, capitalizing on sturdy request. As such, Lincoln sees the Navigator accelerating the brand’s sales growth once it hits showrooms. Lincoln’s U.S. sales were up 8.7% in the very first quarter of 2017. In China, Lincoln has more than doubled its volume through March.

In addition to the Navigator, Lincoln is investing in fresh perks aimed at winning over luxury buyers.

Lincoln said its at-home test drive service will expand beyond the Dallas area. Another service, dubbed Lincoln Chauffeur, permits Lincoln owners to book a private driver for their own vehicles. Lincoln Chauffeur recently launched as a pilot program in Miami, and it will arrive in San Diego in the next few weeks.

With the revival of the Continental, Lincoln began a pick-up and delivery program that comes standard with fresh models.

This summer, Lincoln will begin a partnership with The Surf Lodge in the Hamptons, the sensational Fresh York hotspot.

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