When we think of florets, we tend to think of full-size sedans and sport coupes. For decades, they have been the epitome of automotive success, the absolute best a brand can offer in luxury, technology, performance or a combination of these. The world has changed, however, and although coupes are never high-volume products, the once-powerful sedan is about to become a niche body style that SUVs and crossovers are invading the world. Today, SUVs can and will be flagship brands, just as the 2018 Lincoln Navigator.
The 2018 Navigator is available in four trim levels, ranging from Premiere Short-Wheelbase, $ 73,250 Premiere, rolling on 20-inch wheels, select Select and Reserve models to 22, to Black Label, who also gets 22s. A Black Label L all wheel drive and long wheelbase starts at $ 98,100. Hit the list of options aggressively and a Black Label L will easily exceed $ 100K. Like General Motors, Ford does not seem to hesitate to ask for the same price as a Mercedes-Benz GLS450.
Outdoor technology includes LED lights, side windows and side laminates, as well as adaptive speed lighting, which reduces glare when the car accelerates to reduce glare, providing low-speed visibility in the city . There are also inclination and intrusion sensors, for a little security when you get away from the vehicle.
Since the browser shares its plate-form with the 2018 Ford Expedition, it also carries much of the shipping’s embedded technology. Sync 3 is standard and integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There are six USB ports on all three tiers, as well as four 12-volt outlets and a 110-volt outlet, as well as a wireless phone charger in the front. There is also a head-up display available.
An optional rear-seat entertainment system offers streaming from Android devices. For Internet addicts, a built-in 4G LTE modem creates a Wi-Fi hotspot that can manage up to 10 mobile devices at a time.
In normal use, however, the V-6 will never operate near 5500 rpm. The only transmission offered is the 10-speed automatic transmission developed jointly with General Motors and also used in other Ford trucks and in cars like the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the 2018 Ford Mustang. The goal of a transmission with as many the gears is to run the engine as slowly as possible at all times; reducing the speed reduces fuel consumption. Three-ton trucks have little else in their favor, economically speaking.
As it stands now, the new Navigator deserves a fuel economy rating of 16 mpg for the EPA cities, either with the wheelbase or with two or four wheel drive. The EPA estimates 23 mpg on the highway for the standard 122.5-inch-wheelbase rear driver, rising to 21 with all-wheel drive. The rear-wheel drive and AWD models with a wheelbase of 131.6 inches are rated at 22 and 21 mpg. Our experiences with Ford EcoBoost engines temper our belief that EPA numbers can be matched by ordinary drivers – any trace of aggression in the application of gases draws fuel.