The release of the 1998 Lincoln Navigator marked a historical moment in the automotive industry; a luxury carmaker had branched into the SUV market. Now, 20 years on, the Lincoln Navigator has evolved and changed in ways only once imaginable, setting the benchmark once again for the luxury full-size SUV segment.
With the release of the 2018 model and introduction of the Presidential line in the Middle East, offering new personalised themes, the brand, more than ever, is focused on the consumer and creating a ride tailored to bringing out the luxury in us all. Here we are, twenty years later, celebrating numbers that helped this luxury SUV start a revolution.
- 100 per cent segment-exclusive LED lighting makes the Navigator brighter from every angle, and a 100 per cent high-strength aluminium body allowed Lincoln to reinvest a bodyweight saving of 90 kg into even more tech.
- Segment-exclusive 30-way Perfect Position seats with thigh extensions and multi-contour functionality will surely see you find your most comfortable groove.
- 12-inch all-digital configurable instrument cluster that allows owners to choose the information displayed. There’s also 12 sources of power to charge personal devices.
- 360-degree camera with enhanced park assist reduces the stress often associated with parallel and perpendicular parking.
- 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, which improves fuel efficiency and smoothness of the ride. For comparison, the original Navigator only had a four-speed automatic transmission. A touch over 10 (1) inches is also the size of both adjustable multimedia touchscreens included in an available rear-seat entertainment system.
- 4 tonnes (almost, at more than 3,900 kg) gives Navigator best-in-class towing capability. That would equate to one blue whale calf, approximately 315 solid gold bars, or around 22,500 new IPhone X’s.
- Best-in-Class 450 horsepower and 691 Nm of torque driven by the 5-litre twin-turbo engine. When Navigator first rolled off the production line, its 5.4-litre Triton V8 could only produce 230 hp, which goes to show how far engine technology has come.
- 7 drive modes are available with the available Terrain Management System. The different options, switched between with the turn of a dial, adapt automatically to different traction conditions. And with space for 7 passengers, not counting the driver, you really can carry the whole family to anywhere in style, and with the effortless power of Navigator.
- 23,000 is the amount of times advanced sensors in the continuously controlled damping system monitors the road every second, ensuring the suspension soaks up road imperfections and the smoothness of your commute isn’t interrupted.
- 20 impeccable Revel Ultima speakers from the exclusive Revel by Harman audio system. And of course, 20 is the amount of years Navigator has been available for those with impeccable taste. Though launched in July 1997, 1998 marked the arrival of Lincoln Navigator to its first customers, with its popularity after two decades seeing record-breaking growth.