Lincoln Motor has always been known for style, innovation and tradition. The past few years though Lincoln’s focus has weighed heavy on the MK series specially the MKZ, and MKX. At this year’s NYIAS Lincoln revealed their new Navigator, which has had everyone talking and their classic, the Lincoln Continental.
Since its debut in 1997, the Lincoln Navigator has been one of the most recognized and the first premium SUV in the market. The new Navigator concept is turning how you see SUVs on its head. Lincoln’s design team drew inspiration from luxury sailboats and yachts when designing the new concept. This influenced everything from the clean, modern lines and Storm Blue paint on the exterior that mimics the grays and blues of sea and sky, to the teak finishes, custom gear and wardrobe management system found inside. Features for the new Navi, read like a spaceship:
– 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine.
– 400 horsepower.
– Leather-wrapped interior.
– Six Lincoln-patented Perfect Position Seats adjust 30 ways.
– A custom wardrobe management system.
– Pre-Collision Assist and Pedestrian Detection.
– 360-degree camera and enhanced park assist.
– Lane-keeping system vibrates the steering wheel to alert drivers they are straying from their lane.
– Wi-Fi connectivity.
– Power gullwing doors
I chatted with Earl Lucas, Exterior Design Chief for Lincoln Motor who was responsible for the exterior design on the new Navigator.
What inspiration behind the new Navigator?
The marina, its about the family that needs to reconnect. Sailboats as well as rest and relaxation.
Now why add gullwing doors?
The gullwing doors are a celebration of the exterior, also the significance of having people come together to reconnect.
How does it feel being an African American designing for Lincoln and in charge of the new Navigator?
Navigator is a big part of our culture, and It’s very important for me to live up to that standard.
Lincoln was not done making waves as they released a classic in their portfolio with the Lincoln Continental. Throughout history, the Continental is one of the most collected by car collectors because of the amazing classic aesthetic that it offers. The new Continental is no different; in fact Lincoln has taken it a step further.
– Brand-exclusive lighting sequence. As the driver approaches the car with the key, LED signature lighting in the lower front fascia and taillamps subtly engages, while signature lighting in the headlamps awakens in a fluid motion.
– E-latch door release.
– With the gentle touch of a button, the vehicle’s doors pop open, then use available power-cinching technology to automatically close and secure.
– 3.0-liter V6 engine with twin turbochargers
-400 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque
– Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection
– 360-degree camera system uses views from cameras mounted in the grille, decklid and 180-degree side mirrors.
– Perfect Position Seats – inspired by private jets and high-end office furniture – that can be adjusted up to 30 ways.
– Rear passengers can enjoy first-class travel amenities, too, with such available features as audio and climate controls, sunshades, and reclining, heated, cooled and massaging seats. The streamlined interior provides generous rear legroom.
– Active Noise Control and acoustic laminated glass create a quiet, comfortable environment conducive to conversation or contemplation.
These amenities are usually found in the top luxury cars but Lincoln’s new Continental is truly in its own lane. Its one of the sexiest cars I have seen all year. Although it’s a Lincoln, expect to shell out over $100k for the Continental but something tells me, it’ll be all worth it.
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