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GM Sets Its Sights On Lincoln Navigator


FoMoCo’s crosstown rival, General Motors, is currently benchmarking the Lincoln Navigator, as revealed by our sister publication, GM Authority. The revelation arrives thanks to a series of spy shots that show GM’s up-and-coming next-generation 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe in camouflaged prototype form as it cruises around the GM Proving Grounds in Michigan. Just behind the Tahoe prototype is a GM-purchased Lincoln Navigator for benchmarking purposes.

Although the Lincoln Navigator appears to be following the Tahoe, the Lincoln product is there to provide a benchmark for the next-generation Cadillac Escalade.

2018 Lincoln Navigator

As well it should, considering just how successful the all-new, fourth-generation Lincoln Navigator has become. The latest Navigator arrived for the 2018 model year, bringing a ground-up overhaul that supercharged consumer demand. Navigator sales reached an impressive 17,839 units in the U.S. in 2018, a massive 70 percent increase compared to 2017, or more specifically, 7,316 units more than the 10,523 units delivered in 2017.

Sales Numbers - Full-Size Luxury SUVs - Q4 2018 - USA

MODEL Q4 18 / Q4 17 Q4 18 Q4 17 Q4 18 SHARE YTD 18 / YTD 17 YTD 18 YTD 17
CADILLAC ESCALADE +33.37% 9,573 7,178 45% +60.35% 36,872 22,994
CADILLAC ESCALADE ESV -100.00% 0 4,081 0% -100.00% 0 14,700
INFINITI QX80 +25.16% 5,830 4,658 28% +7.42% 19,207 17,881
LINCOLN NAVIGATOR +42.76% 4,754 3,330 22% +69.52% 17,839 10,523
LEXUS LX -47.88% 1,018 1,953 5% -20.84% 4,753 6,004
TOTAL -0.12% 21,175 21,200 +9.11% 78,671 72,102

Indeed, the Lincoln Navigator’s growing demand and commercial success reflect a number of glowing reviews, including top marks from Edmunds, U.S. News, and others.

That said, Lincoln Navigator sales fell 3 percent during the first half of 2019, with 8,856 units sold.

Sales Numbers - Full-Size Luxury SUVs - Q2 2019 - USA

MODEL Q2 19 / Q2 18 Q2 19 Q2 18 Q2 19 SHARE YTD 19 / YTD 18 YTD 19 YTD 18
CADILLAC ESCALADE -2.31% 9,432 9,655 48% -8.53% 16,251 17,766
INFINITI QX80 +44.24% 4,822 3,343 24% +18.66% 10,611 8,942
LINCOLN NAVIGATOR -13.18% 4,387 5,053 22% -2.84% 8,856 9,115
LEXUS LX -16.09% 1,095 1,305 6% -10.57% 2,309 2,582
TOTAL +1.96% 19,736 19,356 -0.98% 38,027 38,405

However, during the same time period, Cadillac Escalade sales fell 8.5 percent to 16,251 units. That means Escalade sales are falling at a faster rate than those of the Lincoln Navigator.

2019 Cadillac Escalade

Much of this can be attributed to the fact that GM’s production facility in Arlington, Texas responsible for Escalade production was offline for weeks while the automaker retooled for the upcoming fifth-generation Escalade, which is due to arrive later in 2019 for the 2021 model year.

All told, the Cadillac Escalade is still the big kahuna in this space. Despite the impressive headway made by the Lincoln Navigator in the past few years, the Escalade boasts an impressive 42 percent segment share for 2019, placing the Lincoln Navigator in third place behind the Infiniti QX80, with a 23 percent segment share for the Infiniti and 28 percent segment share for the Navigator. Still, that’s a markable improvement for Lincoln, whose segment share typically hovered in the high teens.

We’ll have to wait and see if the Lincoln Navigator can capitalize on the momentum it has built thus far. Rest assured GM will be watching as well.

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Source: GM Authority


Jonathan is an automotive journalist based out of Southern California. He loves anything and everything on four wheels.

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  1. Mark Masten

    Monkey see, monkey do.

  2. George S

    This is with a twin turbo V6. Impressive!

  3. Jared Satterlund

    It’s a race to the bottom dollar and everyone wants to be there. The consumer comes in last with the trickle of advancement coming at the most convenient time for an automaker to not fail. A big Un-Thank you the Automakers who set the pace of this industry on Snail.

  4. Igor

    Return V12!!!

  5. vbondjr1

    cadillac is already a better product than lincoln hands down. I don’t understand this.

  6. Marc

    Cadillac sucks! No air suspension!!! Crap , all plastic dashboard and switches. The leather comes right off the glue in the heat. Cannot compete with Navigator or Range Rover. Not even close to the luxury and technology in my 2019 Ram 1500 Limited +. Years ago in the 1980’s I had every Cadillac model except that crap the cimmaron. Cadillac is a crap brand for senile old senior citizens with lots of cash to burn.


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