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Lincoln Navigator facelift model year 2022

Visual refreshments play a minor role in the Lincoln Navigator facelift. Instead, there are connectivity and assistance upgrades.

If we are talking about thick luxury SUVs of typically American design, then mostly about the GM twins Chevrolet Suburban or Cadillac Escalade. The Ford group has been countering the latter for almost a quarter of a century with an opponent from the ranks of its luxury brand Lincoln: the Navigator has known how to impress with its size, comfort and superior propulsion since 1997. It is now in its fourth generation and is now undergoing a facelift that involves subtle visual but far-reaching technical changes.

The aesthetic modifications are quickly dealt with: At the front there is a newly designed radiator grille (in the top equipment Black Label with its own design) and differently designed headlights, which work with a technology at no extra charge that blocks individual areas of the light cone and thus not the oncoming traffic blinds. The new rear lights stage a dynamic play of light when greeting and saying goodbye to the occupants. Of course, there are also new paint colors. They are called "Starlight Gray" and "Manhattan Green Metallic", whereby the latter can only be combined with the Black Label equipment.

Hands-free driving possible in the future

What is more important about the 2022 model year Lincoln Navigator is what has changed in secret. Ford has adapted its Blue Cruise system for the full-size SUV, which bears the new name "Active Glide" here - perhaps because of the trademark dispute with General Motors ? In any case, the functions are largely the same. Based on the adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane centering and traffic sign recognition and with the help of camera and radar technology, the navigator offers drivers the opportunity to take their hands off the wheel on certain road sections. At the same time, a camera aimed at the person behind the wheel monitors their attention level. In addition, there are technologies such as a turning and parking assistant as well as the usual electronic supporters.

On top of that, the current Ford Sync infotainment system (fourth generation) is moving into the Navigator cockpit. This offers numerous proprietary apps as well as the option of wirelessly integrating smartphones via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The system can be extensively customized and should be able to be operated in natural language. Amazon Alexa is responsible for this. The technology makes their skills in terms of entertainment (e.g. via Prime Video and Fire TV), their talent for organization or their payment service available free of charge for three years. In addition, the Lincoln is able to keep itself up-to-date via over-the-air software updates.

Two interior theme worlds

A 13.2-inch touchscreen in the center console and a 5.8-inch control panel in the second row serve as a haptic interface between human and artificial intelligence; there are also optional 10.1-inch screens for the rear passengers. As is usual these days, the size of the instruments is also given in inches: the dedicated and customizable monitor measures a whopping twelve inches. But Lincoln has also fine-tuned the ambience, which is why the 2022 Navigator is available with two interior themes: "Central Park" is rather dark and dignified, while "Invitation" with a bright appearance invites you to linger. Seats with massage, heating and ventilation functions are now de rigueur in this SUV category (and not just in the first row), and if desired, a sound system with 28 speakers can transform the Navigator interior into a concert hall.

Of course, the new Lincoln Navigator also has an engine, which is also known from the Ford portfolio. The 3.5-liter twin-turbo petrol engine is used in the Ford F-150 Raptor, for example, but is supposed to present itself in the Navigator from its mannered rather than rowdy side. Of course, the V6 engine still has power: With 446 hp and a maximum of 691 Newton meters, even heavy trailers should be able to be towed over the North American highways without any problems. To make maneuvering a trailer easier, the Lincoln now has a corresponding assistance system. To ensure that nothing goes wrong during normal driving, the adaptive chassis is monitored by all kinds of sensors. A camera helps to adjust the suspension and damping to bumps before the SUV even reaches them.

At the beginning of 2022, the first copies of the new Lincoln Navigator will roll out to customers. It is not yet clear how much money they will have to pay for their new luxury SUV. The model currently starts at $76,705 (almost €66,000).

Conclusion

The facelift brings hardly any visual innovations to the Lincoln Navigator, but instead numerous technical innovations, which are particularly evident in the digital area. Modernization of the drive, for example through electrification, is still not in sight.

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