by Bill P.
Lincoln dropped a stunner at last weeks New York International Auto Show, the new Navigator Concept. The luxury big-body yacht on wheels is bigger, more efficient, and tricked out like nothing we’ve ever seen. Many of the stuntastic elements of the concept design may not make it to the production vehicle. But others will appear on future designs.
“The all-new Navigator Concept reinforces our commitment to give every Lincoln client what vehicles and experiences that are elegant, effortlessly powerful and serene,” said Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln. “Now, we’re showing fans of large SUVs how we can exceed their expectations, without being the loudest statement on the road.”
Lincoln’s design team drew inspiration from luxury sailboats and yachts when designing the new concept. This influenced everything from the clean, modern lines and Storm Blue paint on the exterior that mimics the grays and blues of sea and sky, to the teak finishes, custom gear and wardrobe management system found inside.
The exterior design also features power gullwing doors and deployable concertina steps. Navigator Concept provides the nameplates most spacious interior ever a key want among buyers of large SUVs delivered with a refinement that leapfrogs competitors.
The leather-wrapped interior is rendered in a light blue. Six Lincoln-patented Perfect Position Seats adjust 30 ways to best support occupants different body types. The drivers seat, includes independent deployable thigh supports for maximum comfort. A special lighting sequence welcomes passengers for every journey a signature Lincoln feature.
The Navigator Concept features a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that boasts more than 400 horsepower. Drivers can choose several drive modes to improve ride and handling and optimize steering, suspension and noise levels. Each mode is accompanied by a matching digital animation in the cluster. Also in instrument cluster is digital info display, a large panel screen with key information. The display can be customized from a digital touch screen housed in the center stack.
Lincoln’s Navigator Concept also boasts a rear seat entertainment suite with two TV’s in the headrests. And Wi-Fi connectivity is also available. A Revel audio system has been specifically tuned to create the highest level sound and quality.
The Navigator Concept features Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, which uses radar and camera technology to scan the road ahead and warns the driver. If the driver does not respond in time, it can automatically apply up to full braking force to help reduce the severity of, or even eliminate, some frontal collisions.
Pre-Collision Assist can help drivers avoid rear end collisions with other vehicles at all speeds, while Pedestrian Detection can help the driver avoid pedestrians at lower speeds. Both systems can reduce the severity of forward collisions, or even prevent certain forward collisions.
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 360-degree camera seamlessly integrates four camera views to create an aerial image that allows drivers to see all around the vehicle. An Enhanced Park Assist system also uses the 360 degree camera system.