Lincoln Navigator Concept is a Continental SUV with Gullwing Doors
Gullwing doors are all the rage these days. Well, that’s not exactly true, but the Tesla Model X does take advantage of the unique doors on their product. But now, Lincoln is getting in on the gullwing action with the new Lincoln Navigator Concept. Of course, there’s more to this than just a set of doors.
Shown at a private event on Monday, and making its debut at the New York International Auto Show today, the Lincoln Navigator Concept is a showpiece of what to expect from Lincoln and the Navigator.
But let’s address the gullwing doors to begin with; they won’t make production. They are a great way to highlight and show off the interior, especially the seats, which will see the final version in some form. The doors also don’t adjust to work in parking garages or personal garages which would be required on a final version.
All the cool stuff from the Continental is there, including the multi-way adjustable seats, plus all the safety tech. A 360° camera helps you navigate parking, and there is a pedestrian detection system. Also, the normal suite of parking sensors and assists are on hand.
Because good tunes make a good trip, the Lincoln Navigator Concept features the Revel premium audio system. If you haven’t sampled Revel, you should hit up your local dealership and give it a demo. For a factory stereo, it’s pretty solid.
Lincoln says the concept is powered by a 3.5L EcoBoost engine making 400 horsepower or more. We expect that four-wheel drive will either be standard or available, and we expect it to have driver-selectable modes like what is currently available on the Ford Explorer.
It’s on an all-new platform, which we are assuming is some offshoot of the new Ford F-150. While they wouldn’t let us touch or sit in the Navigator to verify, but we’re also assuming the Navigator’s body is made from aluminum, like the F-150.
The current 3.5L in the current Navigator is a nice setup, with decent performance. The 2nd-generation EcoBoost that the Navigator will feature makes more power and should return a bit better fuel efficiceny. If, in fact, the new Navigator takes advantage of lighter-weight aluminum for construction, the new Navigator could see a significant increase in performance.
If you have a chance to check the New York show during the public days, you should check it out. I’d be curious to know what you all think about this new concept.
While the extremely bold elements, such as the doors and the steps, won’t see production, it’s nice to see Lincoln pull no punches on their concepts. While it’s not everything in this business, it does get the public talking more and more about Lincoln, which we consider a success for any concept.
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