An update look and new tech features for the 2022 Navigator.
The Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade are locked in a war for customer attention, although the Cadillac outsells the Lincoln by a 2-to-1 margin. Lincoln, though, is gradually closing the gap thanks to a strong powertrain and an exceptional interior. One year removed from the most recent all-new Escalade, Lincoln refreshes its Navigator to again elevate its priciest model.
Last fully redesigned in 2018, the 2022 Navigator represents an important refresh. This full-size sport utility vehicle is based on Ford’s large pickup truck platform. It is the elegant and more fashionable sister to the Ford Expedition, although we laud both models for what they bring to the segment. As before, shoppers have a choice of a standard wheelbase Navigator or an extended wheelbase model, the latter known as the Navigator L.
Besides a refresh, the Navigator gains additional features. We are breaking down the changes as follows:
Light Refreshes, Exterior
A new texture and shape come to the Navigator’s grille. Also, the headlights feature pixel projector lighting elements for the first time. The rear LED taillights gain a nifty animation sequence. Here, the lights fade away from the center when approaching the SUV. Likewise, the same happens when exiting the SUV.
Tech and Interior Updates
Gone is the 10-inch touch-screen display in favor of a 13.2-inch infotainment system. This one utilizes Ford’s SYNC 4 software system. New graphics for the digital gauge cluster are another feature. Over-the-air updates to the infotainment system are new and will allow Lincoln to add drive modes. Further, wireless Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay are included.
On the comfort front, the second-row seats gain a new massage option along with cooling and heating. For the range-topping Black Label series, two additional themes roll out: Central Park and Invitation. They join the current Chalet and Yacht Club themes. Moreover, a Manhattan Green color scheme (as shown in the included photos), is new and exclusive to the Black Label.
“Black Label continues to be a key differentiator and opportunity for growth for Lincoln, setting us apart and showcasing the best of the brand, our vehicles and services,” said Michael Sprague, North America director, Lincoln. “Not only has Black Label continued to redefine what it means to shop for and purchase a luxury vehicle, but it also has elevated the entire experience of owning one.”
Lincoln will now get its version of Ford’s BlueCruise system. BlueCruise is a semi-autonomous driving system with hands-free highway driver-assist known as ActiveGlide. On select mapped highways, drivers will be able to remove their hands from the steering wheel, allowing the Navigator to negotiate traffic. And no worrying that a driver might pull a Tesla and sit in the rear seat. Thanks to a camera aimed directly at the driver, the system will detect anomalies, such as a driver not paying attention.
The BlueCruise feature is optional and exclusive to the Reserve and Black Label trims. Free for the first three years, a subscription cost begins in the fourth year.
Slight Power Adjustment
Every Navigator comes with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine. For 2022, it is tuned to deliver 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. That is down 10 horsepower, although the torque output remains the same. Lincoln did not explain the loss. As before, a 10-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear or all four wheels.
Arriving Early 2022
We shall see the updated Navigator in early 2022. As for pricing, that has not been announced. However, we expect it will start just under $80,000, with Black Label trims costing over $100,000, as they are now.
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