With the new Navigator, Lincoln has put down an impressive marker in the realm of luxury SUVs. The big rig weighs nearly 6000 pounds, is clad in an elegant aluminum skin and rides on a unitized steel body. Power comes from a turbocharged V6 that produces 450 horsepower at 5500 rpm, with 510 pound-feet of torque on tap from 3000 rpm. Power is put to the road through a 10-speed automatic transmission, with rear-wheel drive standard and 4-wheel drive available. Lincoln estimates a combined fuel economy rating of 18 mpg, and the maximum towing capacity is rated at 8700 pounds.
The Navigator comes in three trims-Standard, Reserve and Black Label. Regardless of the trim or length, however, all Navigators offer luxury seating for eight passengers. It's in the cargo capacity where L models excel, with an extra 15 cubic feet of space over the standard Navigator.
Navigator Standard models ride on 20-inch 14-spoke aluminum wheels and include LED fog lights, headlights, and daytime running lights, LED taillights, rain-sensing wipers, a satin chrome mesh grille with active grille shutters and a foot-activated, hands-free liftgate. Inside there's genuine wood trim in the center console and door panels, a heated leather steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, power heated 10-way front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs and power-recline third-row seats, a 12-inch configurable LCD instrument cluster, adjustable pedals, power one-touch windows, tri-zone automatic climate control, 4G modem with WiFi hotspot capability, and active noise control. A 10-inch LCD touchscreen provides control for the SYNC 3 infotainment system, the navigation system, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a 14-speaker Revel audio system. A heated second-row 40/20/40 power-folding bench is optional, as is hill descent control on 4-wheel drive models.
Reserve and Reserve L Navigators offers heated and ventilated 12-way power front seats and second-row split seating with a center console. Second-row heated dual captain's chairs are optional.
Finally, the top-tier Navigator Black Label, which offers seating for seven, rides on special 22-inch wheels, and comes standard with nearly everything that is optional on lesser trims, including adaptive cruise control, head-up display, park assist and lane departure warning.
Standard safety features include traction control with stability control, side-wind stabilization, a blind-spot information system with cross-traffic alert, advanced airbags and anti-lock brakes. For 2021, Ford and Lincoln's Co-Pilot360 driver assistance suite is standard, so standard safety features also include a rearview camera, automatic emergency braking and a lane-keep assist system.