The All-New, 2018 Lincoln Navigator: Hot, Or Not?

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This week, Ford’s Lincoln luxury brand pulled the sheet off its completely-redesigned, 2018 Navigator full-size SUV – the first such redesign for the model since the 2007 model year.

Pity; we were just getting used to the 2015 refresh.

The overall shape and effect of the new Lincoln Navigator is remarkably different from the outgoing model – i.e. it’s far less straight and square, with a sloping roofline and an overall sense of dynamism. Gone from the new SUV is the old, familiar split-wing grille, replaced instead with one shaped like that on the all-new Continental and the revamped, 2017 MKZ. And of course, we’d be remiss not to mention the 2018 Lincoln Navigator’s rather striking set of directional, “saw-blade” wheels, which are sure to prove polarizing.

But at this juncture, we want to hear from you. What do you think of the new luxury SUV’s curb appeal? Is the all-new, 2018 Lincoln Navigator a home run for the designers? Or did Lincoln manage to make a decent-enough-looking SUV worse? Weigh-in with the poll embedded below, and drop us a line in the comments section if you feel especially strongly.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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  1. pros:
    10 speed auto
    cons:
    immense levels of pure ugliness. That thing has ugly down to the core of its automotive soul.
    Ecoboost V6. If it’s not a fiesta, focus, fusion, edge or escape, then it should not have an Ecoboost. The Mustang, Explorer, Expedition, Bronco, Navigator, & F150 should have a minimum of a 5.0L V8 engine

    • The 5.0L in an F150 is a pig; the EcoBoost is a much better motor…more power and better mpg. I have driven both extensively (4WD work trucks). If the Mustang motor is dropped into the trucks, my opinion might change. An option for the GT350 motor would be awesome.

      The Navigator is much better looking than the Expedition and gets the Raptor EcoBoost (I cannot find if the Expedition gets the same level of “increase”.) I need a third row delete option and I am in.

      • We rented both a 2017 GMC Yukon SLT with the 5.3/6 speed auto and a 2017 Ford Expedition with the 3.5 EB and 6 speed setup. The 5.3 not only sounded better but turned in better 0-60 times and got 16.7 combined MPG versus 15.2 for the Ford. If anything it was 3.5 EB that we were most disappointed in. Perhaps the revised more powerful version of this engine in the 2017 F-150 and upcoming 2018 Expedition and Navigator will be better?

  2. There are cost cutting measures of this vehicle like exposed wiper arm on the back of the windshield glass rear and no leather covered over the airbag on the steering wheel on the Black Label models like it is on the Continental. Personally, I am not impressed overall. At least it looks better than the current model. Also, a lack of V8 is not worth getting excited about.

  3. I think it looks fine but those wheels need to go and kudos for Ford to not put those stupid electronic door handles on this like the Continental.

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