Apart from the attention-grabbing (while impractical) gull-wing doors, the 2016 Lincoln Navigator Concept’s most intriguing feature is likely the power concertina steps which deploy from either side of the SUV to ease ingress and egress.
Power running boards themselves are nothing new, although typically, they consist of a single step. In this case, there are three steps on each side of the vehicle, making entering and exiting the Lincoln Navigator Concept even easier. All three boards are stowed within the rocker panels when retracted, permitting a clean, uninterrupted appearance while they are not needed. When activated, the steps deploy from either side in a single motion, providing occupants a more effortless climb into the vehicle.
Carrying on in the Storm Blue SUV’s sailing-inspired theme, the Lincoln Navigator Concept’s steps are trimmed in teak – the quintessential nautical wood species – and they even provide built-in illumination. We don’t imagine that these steps will make their way onto the next production Lincoln Navigator, mostly due to what we imagine is rather a lot of difficulty in making such a feature durable and reliable enough to provide years of service, but for improving upon the standard power running board, they deserve a tip of the hat nonetheless.
Well done, Lincoln.