Take a long hard look at this stunning Lincoln Navigator concept, still big but not so brash. No, the cool gullwing doors and concertina steps will not make it to production. But the rest of the nautically themed concept unveiled at the New York auto show gives a solid indication of how Lincoln’s next generation flagship SUV will look.
Model by model, Ford’s premium brand is reinventing itself with fresh designs, like the much anticipated Continental sedan, but the Navigator is particularly important because it is Lincoln’s most recognized nameplate, says division president, Kumar Galhotra.
As a production car, the new Navigator goes on sale next year and will compete with rivals such as the Cadillac Escalade. But, says Galhotra, the Navigator will take a more discrete approach. “We are committed to provide what we call quiet luxury – vehicles and experiences that are elegant, effortlessly powerful and serene. With Navigator we’re showing fans of large SUVs how we can exceed their expectations, without being the loudest statement on the road.”
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