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Lincoln Navigator Concept Has Gullwing Doors, Previews 2018MY Flagship

With Lincoln having introduced the 2017 Continental in Detroit, the Navigator Concept is set to get its production version late next year.
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Given that Ford has been trying to reinvent Lincoln for quite a while now, the 2017 Continental's Detroit debut has brought mixed opinions. Well, the Blue Oval's premium builder is back in the arena for the New York Auto Show, treating us to the Navigator Concept.

In today's design world, it's difficult to look at a new car and not see a resemblance to one you're already familiar with, so we'll excuse the fact that a few elements of this concept make us think of the Range Rover. After all, we've got more important things to focus on.

This concept aims to revive Lincoln's flagship mega-SUV and while the production car probably won't feature such elements, our attention is drawn with the help of gullwing doors and a three-element concertina step setup allowing facile access to the high-positioned cabin.

However, you can expect the overall silhouette of the concept, as well as certain details such as the new family grille, which we met on the Continental Concept, to make it into production.

The exterior's Storm Blue paint sees the cabin continuing the sailing theme with lavish materials and 30-way power adjustable front seats.

The list of gadgets runs from predictable goodies such as Lincoln's Revel audio system to less usual stuff such as a wardrobe management system. Rear seat passengers can also relax with the help of WiFi-loaded touchscreen displays.

Underneath the eye-catching exterior, we expect the production car to follow its Ford F-150 sibling down the all-new ladder chassis architecture that sees the body being built from aluminum.

While the production Lincoln Continental introduced a new 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 delivering 400 ponies, the Navigator Concept is motivated by a new incarnation of the company's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, which delivers north of 400 hp.

Lincoln seems to be playing the twin flagship card, with the 2017 Continental set to be followed by the production version of the Navigator next year, while the SUV is expected to be released as a 2018 model. Until then, we'll let the concept take over New York.

 
 
 
 
 

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