If you told me last week that Lincoln would have one of the most talked-about vehicles at the New York Auto Show, I’d have laughed at you. Because lets be serious.. Except for those quirky commercials with Matthew McConaughey, the brand doesn’t really have much going on right now. Or so we thought.
This week, Lincoln unveiled their upscale Navigator Concept SUV in advance of the New York Auto Show, and it completely blew away everyone in the room, with audible gasps being heard during the introduction. And not just because of it’s clean, modern lines and that gorgeous Storm Blue paint, but because of its trick gullwing doors, which drew many comparisons to the Tesla Model X.
Of course, the Internet went into a tizzy shortly thereafter, picking apart the reasons why the Navigator could never work with gullwings. And Kumar Galhotra, president of the Lincoln brand, later confirmed as much in interviews after the unveiling, explaining that the gullwing doors won’t be making it into production, and that the reason they went with the gullwings was because “the interior of the vehicle is very important … and this is a great way to showcase that interior.”
Lincoln is credited with inventing the large luxury SUV in 1997 with the Navigator, but it wasn’t too long before competitors like the Cadillac Escalade stole it’s thunder. But with Lincoln execs assuring us that the Navigator Concept represents to a large degree what the next-generation Navigator will look like, the likes of Cadillac and perhaps even Land Rover should have reason for concern.
The Navigator Concept features a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine delivering more than 400 horsepower and smart new technologies to make this SUV even more sure-footed on different road surfaces and in changing weather conditions. It also provides the nameplate’s most spacious interior ever, a key request among buyers of large SUVs.
Add in a stunning leather-wrapped interior, complete with six seats that are 30-way adjustable, not to mention a slew of on-board tech and connectivity, and the Navigator should be a force to be reckoned with when it goes on sale in 2017. Done right, and the Navigator could definitely help put Lincoln back on the map.
What do you think of the Lincoln Navigator Concept?