Earlier this week, we got our first look at the refreshed 2022 Lincoln Navigator interior. That gave us a good look at the Navigator’s new horizontally-oriented infotainment screen, but there’s something else present in the photo that caught our eye as well. As Ford Authority has exclusively learned, the 2022 Navigator uses the same sensors, located on the steering column, as the Ford Mustang Mach-E and 2021 Ford F-150, which monitor the driver’s head positioning as part of Ford’s BlueCruise hands-free highway driver-assist feature.
However, we don’t yet know if the system will be called BlueCruise when it launches on Lincoln products, as Ford has not announced the system’s availability on any current or future Lincoln product. For now, we know that BlueCruise will be available on the Mach-E and F-150 later this year, but the automaker did confirm that “additional Ford vehicles will also receive BlueCruise hands-free driving technology in the coming years.”
Considering the fact that General Motors offers its similar SuperCruise feature on the Navigator’s chief rival – the all-new 2021 Cadillac Escalade – it makes a lot of sense for Ford to offer BlueCruise – available as a part of the Ford Co-Pilot 360 Active 2.0 package on the F-150 – with the refreshed 2022 Lincoln Navigator.
In addition to this hands-free driving technology, the 2022 Navigator is expected to receive a handful of other updates, including a revised exterior with restyled front and rear fascias.
We also expect the 2022 Lincoln Navigator to continue to offer Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 gasoline motor as its standard powerplant, possibly with some modifications that would increase output over the current-gen 2021 Navigator. The Navigator is also expected to add a hybrid powertrain option, most likely the 3.5L PowerBoost V6 introduced in the 2021 F-150. Both engines will be mated to FoMoCo’s 10-speed automatic transmission.
The 2022 Navigator will continue to be produced at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant alongside the Ford Expedition and Ford Super Duty. We expect the refreshed Navigator to launch in the second half of the 2021 calendar year as a 2022 model following a summer reveal.