The Lincoln Navigator is an excellent full-size family vehicle that offers far more luxury and refinement than the average three-row SUV. It also has more space inside than nearly any luxury SUV on the market. Its powerful twin-turbo engine has enough thrust for getting up to speed effortlessly. Still, it’s not as fuel-efficient as others. Likewise, the Navigator’s sheer size can make parking and maneuvering narrow city streets a challenge. Despite that, it comes packed with modern amenities and a comprehensive suite of driver features. Upper trims include power-deploying running boards and surround-sound audio. An extended-length Navigator is available for cargo space to match its cavernous passenger space.
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Discover the new 2022 Lincoln Navigator with auto reviewer Forrest Jones as he explores this Grand Touring model in a bold monochromatic hangar. The Lincoln Navigator Black Label is a welcome upgrade with unexpected details.
The new 2022 Navigator is the first Lincoln vehicle to offer ActiveGlide. An evolution of Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, Lane Centering and Speed Sign Recognition, Lincoln ActiveGlide* adds a new level of convenience for drivers. Signature blue light cues appear on the digital cluster and head-up display to indicate when the system’s advanced camera and radar are activated, enabling drivers to operate Navigator hands-free on prequalified sections of divided highways. Hands-Free Blue Zones include more than 130,000 miles of dedicated highways across North America in the Lincoln GPS mapping system. A driver-facing camera in the instrument cluster monitors eye gaze and head position to help ensure a driver’s eyes stay on the road.
The Navigator SYNC® 4** system, enabled by cloud connectivity, is now more intuitive than ever, with twice the computing power and the ability to wirelessly connect smartphones for seamless integration of Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and SYNC AppLink® apps. Providing clients with additional ways to customize their Navigator, SYNC 4 ensures an effortless journey with the ability to answer natural language questions and make route planning simple.
Lincoln Enhance delivers wireless software updates that bring the latest system and modem technologies and improvements to the new Navigator. The updates install new features and conduct preventative maintenance to reduce repair trips and improve performance, allowing Navigator to get even better over time.
The more seamless Amazon Alexa† Built-in hands-free experience offers clients complimentary access to key features for up to three years. Alexa capabilities delivered through SYNC 4 provide the convenience of voice-initiated interactions, making it easier to play music, get directions, check traffic, manage smart home devices, find parking, pay for gas, and more – all while keeping hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. With Alexa, clients can interact with their vehicles naturally and say things such as, “Alexa, find the closest gas station” or “Alexa, what’s on my calendar today?”
Navigator owners will be able to access the benefits of Amazon’s world-class voice AI and intelligent features both inside and outside their vehicle. Combined with the Lincoln Way app for Alexa – which customers can continue to use to control vehicle functions such as start/stop engine, lock and unlock doors, check vehicle range or tire pressure, all from the comfort of their home – Lincoln is bringing smart homes and connected vehicles closer together.
In addition, the Navigator features a Fire TV experience built for the car. Fire TV lets passengers enjoy a wide variety of content – watch movies and TV shows, play games, listen to music, and more – in a custom rear-seat entertainment experience.
“We’ve added thoughtful technology we know our clients will appreciate, helping to make their journey, whether it be near or far, as effortless and enjoyable as possible,” said Mike Kipley, Navigator chief program engineer. “These additions give them more ways to personalize their Navigator based on their needs and lifestyles.”
A thoughtful, stunning design
The new Navigator boasts a stunning design, a true expression of Lincoln luxury with an updated signature grille and new front end, giving a more dynamic presence on the road. Standard adaptive pixel projector headlamps debut with a new look that accentuates the fascia and imparts a modern aesthetic to the SUV. New 3D taillamps fade from the center out upon welcome and out to center upon farewell, creating a depth that gives the LED lights a more dynamic look and enhances the overall welcome of Lincoln Embrace, providing balance and a commanding stance.
“Elevating a vehicle as successful as Navigator is no small feat, and our team accomplished this with pride – turning heads and pulling our clients into the sophisticated, sleek design both inside and out,” said Kemal Curic, design director, Lincoln. “Building on what we already know and further refining our strengths, we explored more ways for clients to enjoy the sanctuary of their vehicle, using it as a space for personal relaxation and wellness – from home, to work and to stationary moments.”
The serene Constellation visual design language on SYNC 4, unique to Lincoln, provides a harmonious experience throughout, with added capabilities and new levels of personalization. Featuring enhanced voice recognition and a navigation operating system via a new and larger 13.2-inch center stack screen, Constellation is also showcased on the 12-inch configurable digital cluster and re-imagined head-up display. A new 5.8-inch digital module for second-row passengers allows for control of climate and audio settings in the rear.
With exquisite craftsmanship, Lincoln elevated the Black Label experience on Navigator with a uniquely designed, dual-finished grille, as well as these two new themes that join Chalet and Yacht Club in the luxury portfolio:
- Central Park strikes the perfect balance between a lavish, organic oasis and the surrounding skyscrapers of New York City, with rich-contrast, open-pore dark walnut extending the full-length of the instrument panel and depicting lasered-in scenic pathways of perhaps the most famous urban park in the world.
- Invitation imparts a welcome feel to an intimate celebration, luxurious and detailed, with industry-first dual laser-etching and exclusive open-pore Khaya wood that expands across the instrument panel and center console.
“We continue to evolve our exclusive Black Label themes based on luxury trends and the changing environment, ultimately drawing inspiration from our clients,” said Marcia Salzberg, Lincoln senior color and materials designer. “Central Park and Invitation both represent an optimistic view of the future in a world where we are all coming together.”
Elevated color and materials offerings provide clients with a choice of the brand’s signature themes for Standard and Reserve series vehicles, including new exterior colors such as Starlight Gray and Manhattan Green Metallic, a color exclusive to Lincoln Black Label. Unique wood appliques, such as Espresso Ash Swirl and Santos Rosewood, provide additional ways for clients to personalize their full-size luxury SUV.
Navigator designers and engineers obsessed over creating a true sanctuary with a whisper-quiet ride for all. The upgraded massage system available in the exceptionally comfortable 30-way Perfect Position Seats takes relaxation for driver and front passenger to a new level, and it doesn’t stop there. Second-row seats now come with standard heat, ventilation and available segment-first massage capability with Active Motion. Even better, second-row passengers can now control their seat, climate and audio settings on a new 5.8-inch digital module.
This expansive interior is the ideal environment to experience authentic sound from every seat. The Revel™ Ultima™ 3D audio system available for the 2022 Navigator features 28 speakers that envelop each occupant in rich, precise, multidimensional sound. The calming atmosphere is enhanced by six unique symphonic chimes recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. These crystalline chimes replace standard electronic alerts to inform drivers of everything from an open fuel door to an unbuckled seat belt.
Navigator also introduces a new Lincoln Play system with Fire TV to elevate the rear entertainment experience. Lincoln sound experts designed a host of intelligent new connectivity features with the potential for additional intelligent upgrades via Lincoln Enhance:
- 10.1-inch screen and wireless Bluetooth headphones
- Watch movies and TV shows, play games, listen to music. Watch favorites from Prime Video and more (Note: subscription fees may apply; content available may vary by region)
- Watch Prime Video without connectivity while on the road with 16 GB of included built-in storage for each rear display (Note: 16 GB per rear display; 9 GB of user available storage)
- Watch content individually on each rear display or mirror across both displays to watch together.
- Includes two Voice Remotes with Alexa – just press and ask Alexa to easily find, launch, and control apps and shows.
- Multiple inputs including HDMI, USB Type C, SD
First-class all the way
Lincoln engineers target everything from sight, sound, touch and feel through Navigator steering, suspension, powertrain and torque delivery, tailoring ride and handling for all weather conditions and ensuring clients have an effortless, first-class experience. The 2022 Navigator boasts a responsive powertrain and impressive handling capabilities with an advanced 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that offers a blend of power and refinement with an impressive 440 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque.
Also new to the Lincoln Navigator suite of intuitive features is Adaptive Suspension with Road Preview that works to ensure a smooth ride. Body movements and vehicle motion, as well as steering, acceleration, and braking activities, are constantly monitored by 12 sensors – including a forward-facing camera – that read the road 500 times per second and automatically prompt adjustments up to 100 times per second to mitigate any unpleasant impacts.
The Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package now adds Trailer Reverse Guidance, which uses high-resolution cameras to provide multiple views along with steering guidance graphics to assist in backing up and maneuvering a trailer. The technology works with Pro-Trailer Backup Assist to make backing up a trailer or boat as effortless as turning a dial.
Navigator has the most standard and available driver-assist technologies in its class, and Lincoln continues to build on its comprehensive, standard suite – Lincoln Co-Pilot360™ 2.0†† – to provide clients with additional ways to customize their vehicle. New standard features include:
- Intersection Assist: Navigator can alert a driver attempting to turn left by applying the brakes when camera and radar technology detects oncoming traffic
- Active Park Assist 2.0: The latest iteration of park-assist technologies – Active Park Assist 2.0 offers Park Out Assist with side-sensing capability so drivers can confidently navigate out of a spot when someone is parked too close
Additional standard features include Forward Collision Warning, Post Collision Braking, Distance Alert, Dynamic Brake Support, Pedestrian Detection, Auto Hold, hill start assist, automatic headlamps, Voice-Activated Touchscreen Navigation and Phone As A Key.
The new Navigator will be built at Kentucky Truck Plant and arrives in dealerships early next year.