As Lincoln struggles to meet demand for its hit Navigator, the large SUV gets several key new features for 2022, including a system for hands-free highway, and over the air updates for a range of systems.
The Navigator also gets a handful of exterior changes and two additions to Lincoln’s “Black Label” collection of exterior and interior design themes.
The Navigator has been a triumph for Ford’s luxury brand, commanding an average transaction price of $91,983 and boasting a book of orders waiting to be filled “as soon as semiconductor supply stabilizes,” Lincoln North America director Michael Sprague said. A third of sales go to people who don’t already own a Lincoln, and the highly profitable Black Label packages account for 20% of sales.
The 2022 Navigator should go on sale early in 2022.
Hands-free highway driving
The 2022 Navigator will offer Active Glide, Lincoln’s name for the hands-free highway driving system Ford models will sell as Blue Cruise. Ford says the system will follow the road, maintaining speed and space between forward vehicles on more than 150,000 miles of divided highways in North America. The system includes gaze tracking to make sure the driver remains alert and ready to take over if necessary.
Other new driver assistance features include intersection assist, which will automatically apply the brakes to avoid crossing traffic. One-touch automated parallel and perpendicular parking will also be available.
Other new electronics include a 13.2-inch landscape oriented touch screen and Sync 4, the latest version of Ford’s infotainment and connectivity package. Features available with Sync 4 will include personalized navigation instructions, better voice recognition and tweaks to the Navigator’s drive modes.
Video streaming from devices in the vehicle will be available for the rear entertainment system.
In addition to over the air updates, Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant is built in, along with the capability to stream Amazon Fire TV.
Less power, quicker suspension
The Navigator’s 3.5L twin-turbo V6 and 10-speed automatic transmission carry over. The engine’s torque output of 510 pound-feet at 3,000 rpm is unchanged, but peak horsepower declines 10 to 440, achieved at a higher engine speed of 5,850. Lincoln says the lower peak power will pay off in a higher EPA fuel economy estimate.
A new adaptive suspension will use the Navigator’s front facing digital cameras to examine the road ahead and respond to changes 500 times a second.
Exterior changes include a more upright grille and pixel projector headlights that adapt to oncoming traffic to avoid the eyes of oncoming drivers while improving illumination elsewhere. New taillights appear to wrap around the Lincoln’s corners.
2 new Black Label packages
The new Black Label packages include:
- Central Park, intended to simultaneously evoke peaceful parkland and a sophisticated metropolis.
- Invitation, meant to communicate “the quality of a crafted black paper invitation — handwritten calligraphy that welcomes you to an exquisite home for an intimate evening of celebration.”
The two new themes join carryover Chalet and Yacht Club packages.
Central Park includes “Manhattan Green” paint and laser etchings depicting the famous park’s paths on the open-pore dark walnut trim.
Invitation features Khaya wood with dual-laser etchings meant to represent both geometric and organic motifs, along with what Lincoln calls pergola-shaped perforations on black leather upholstery.
Other new interior features include headliner-mounted speakers in the top of the line Revel audio package, boosting the total to 28. The front seats get new massage patterns while the rear seats will offer massage for the first time.