The 2018 Lincoln Navigator is a premium full-size SUV that combines advanced technology with modern luxury. It’s all new for this new model year.
The Navigator has remained one of our favorites in the luxury SUV segment thanks to its ability to be a comfortable and versatile family hauler. And although it lacked the gravitas of some of its formidable competitors, it still managed to offer lots of value to its users. For 2018, Lincoln has left nothing to chance. There are new infotainment features, advanced technologies, additional utility functions, and more space than before.
According to Lincoln’s Motor Company President - Kumar Galhotra, the new 2018 Lincoln Navigator is an embodiment of quiet luxury, spacious interior, advanced technology, and sleek styling. Needless to say, these are all fundamental factors that family-oriented buyers shopping for a premium, luxury full-size SUV are looking for.
Elegance is the theme for 2018. This is well displayed even before one opens the doors. On approaching, the grille-integrated chrome Lincoln star logo will illuminate. Then engagement of the lower front LED lights will follow, and finally, a welcome mat that illuminates will appear beneath the front doors.
And that’s not all, during the day the available panoramic roof will fill the cabin with lots of natural ambience. At night, all of the Navigator’s three rows of seating will be illuminated by sequential ambient lights.
Beneath the hood, the new 2018 Navigator comes equipped with a redesigned 3.5L turbocharged V6 engine capable of producing a whopping 450 horsepower. This power is then taken up by the ten-speed automatic transmission system. The 10-speed automatic is a replacement for last year’s six-speed automatic.
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2018 Lincoln Navigator Review
- color options
- interior redesign
- Trim options
- engine specs
- price & release date
2018 Lincoln Navigator color Options
For 2018, the available exterior color options available for buyers include Black Velvet, Blue Diamond Metallic, White Platinum Metallic, Ruby Red Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Ingot Silver Metallic, Iced Mocha Premium Colorant, Ivory Pearl Metallic Tri-Coat, and Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat.
2018 Lincoln Navigator Interior Changes
All three rows are offered with adequate space. Moreover, the all-new Navigator’s advanced cargo management system allows for a lot of versatility that includes allowing customization of the storage area. This is a handy feature to have especially when you have some grocery shopping with you, as the items won’t roll out even with the vehicle parked on an incline.
The interior layout lacks clattering and is simple.
For connectivity functions, the new Lincoln Navigator 2018 comes with a 110-volt plug, four 12-volt power outlets, and six USB ports. You won’t find any tangled codes as there’s an available wireless phone charger.
For 2018, there’s the Lincoln’s new Personal Profile that further elevates the client’s experience. It controls entertainment, climate control settings, as well as adapting pedal, mirror and seat positions.
The seats are comfortable for every passenger even when the vehicle is fully packed. There’re 30 different customizable settings for the driver and front passenger for cooling, heating, and massaging functions. For entertainment functions, there’s the Standard SYNC infotainment system that features both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
For 2018, the all-new Lincoln Navigator is available in four trims – Navigator Premiere, Navigator Select, Navigator Reserve, and Navigator Black Label. What’s common between all these trim models is the 3.5L turbocharged V6 engine.
2018 Lincoln Navigator Premiere
This is the base, barebones model. Features available on the Navigator Premiere include keyless ignition and entry, front and rear parking sensors, LED headlights, 20-inch wheels, a power-hands-free liftgate, driver-seat memory settings, a tri-zone automatic climate control, power-folding 60/40-split third-row bench, power-folding 2nd row captain’s chairs, and a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel.
Furthermore, the configurable gauge cluster display offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility functions on the 10-inch touchscreen display. Other features include a fourteen-speaker surround audio system, rear-cross traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera, voice controls, and six-USB ports.
2018 Lincoln Navigator Select
One step higher the trim ladder gets you the Navigator Select. With it comes a surround-view parking camera, an upgraded leather upholstery, power-folding running boards, adaptive suspension dampers, 22-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a wireless charging pad, and a heated steering wheel.
Optionally available is the Technology and Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow package.
2018 Lincoln Navigator Reserve
Opting for the Navigator Reserve model will add features such as a panoramic sunroof, illuminated seat belt knuckles, exterior welcome mat, and a twenty-four way power-adjustable and ventilated front seats.
Also optionally available for the Reserve model is the Technology and Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package. The Technology package adds features such as a lane-departure warning and intervention system, automatic braking, forward collision mitigation with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beams, and an automated parking system.
2018 Lincoln Navigator Black Label
The Navigator Black Label builds upon what the Navigator Reserve offers plus upgraded leather upholstery, additional chrome exterior trim, a 20-speaker stereo system, and ambient interior lighting.
30-way massaging front seats, and a rear-seat entertainment system are available as standalone options.
Even while we find the base Navigator Premiere trim model to have the price appeal and the top-of-the-trim Navigator Black Label to have creature comforts and latest technologies, we recommend buyers to go with the Navigator Select model.
And this is why. When equipped with the Technology package, the Navigator Select trim gets the benefit of ground suspension and surround-view parking camera system, while desirable top-end safety equipment are provided by the available Technology package.
2018 Lincoln Navigator Specs For The Engine
As already told, the new model returns with a redesigned twin-turbo V6 engine capable of generating a whopping 450 horsepower via the 10-speed automatic transmission to the wheels.
The fuel economy as per the EPA stands at 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Towing capacity stands at more than 8,300 pounds.
For a more refined and stately ride, designers of the Navigator removed nearly 200 pounds of weight thanks to the use of lighter, high-strength aluminum alloy.
Once available on the market, the newest Navigator 2018 will have to ward off two of its main competitors – the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class and the Cadillac Escalade. The GLS-Class is arguably one of the best three-row luxury SUV on the market today. It features latest technologies, first-class accommodations, and has an excellent choice of four engines to choose from.
By the same token, the GLS-Class is available in four trim models – GLS350d, GLS450, GLS550, and the top-of-the-range AMG GLS 63. Pricing ranges from a low of $69,625 to a high of $125,025. This is significantly pricier than the Lincoln Navigator price range that starts from $72,055 to a high of $93,705.
The Cadillac Escalade on the other hand should be a go-to option for buyers looking for more power, weirdly quiet cabin, and impressive towing capacity. The Escalade however scores notoriously low in terms of convenience and refinement.
Similarly, the Escalade is available in four trim levels – base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and the avant-garde Platinum trim model. Pricing for the Escalade starts from a low of $84,785 to a high of $96,390.
2018 Lincoln Navigator Price & Release Date
According to the official info released by Lincoln, hopeful buyers should expect to pay $72,055 for the Navigator Premiere, $76,055 for the Navigator Select, $81,205 for the Navigator Reserve, and $93,705 for the Navigator Black Label model.
As for the 2018 Navigator release date, other popular online publications quote the fall of 2017 as the set date. Buyers anxious to get their hands on one of these should probably start booking at Lincoln’s official website.
All in all, the 2018 Lincoln Navigator remains a fine choice for buyers looking for a distinctive, premium full size SUV. It scores big marks for its ability to offer impressive creature comforts that make daily driving a fun, comfortable and silky-soothing experience.
Be that is may, the Navigator isn’t the only option available on the market today and buyers have several options to choose from. This however depends on the buyers’ preference and affordability.