Lincoln Navigator Named North American Truck of the Year

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2018 Lincoln Navigator

All-new full-size SUV becomes the first Lincoln vehicle to win North American Car, Truck or Utility of the Year honors.

This year’s North American International Auto Show has thus far been all about the truck. Ford alone has used the event to debut the U.S.-spec Ranger and talk about the F-150 Hybrid. As well as roll out the new Edge and tease us with the Mach 1 all-electric performance SUV. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t also mention that the all-new 2018 Lincoln Navigator has also been awarded North American Truck of the Year honors.

2018 Lincoln Navigator

Most notably, this marks the first time any Lincoln vehicle has received this prestigious honor, now in its 24th year. Beating out its twin, the Ford Expedition, and Chevrolet’s Colorado ZR2 is quite the feat as well. Especially when you consider that a panel of nearly 60 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada determine the winner. Not some biased board. To qualify, a vehicle must be all-new or substantially changed from the previous model.

2018 Lincoln Navigator

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator certainly checks those boxes and more. The flagship full-size luxury ‘ute combines a thoroughly modern design with a sumptuous, comfy interior. One reminiscent of much more expensive rides. The new Navigator also offers best-in-class towing capability of 8,700 pounds thanks to its 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 producing a healthy 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque.

2018 Lincoln Navigator

A host of groundbreaking technology features adorn the big ‘ute as well. The new heads-up display is customizable, complementing the huge 12.3 inch digital cluster. The high-tech unit uses the same digital light processing seen in movie theaters.

2018 Lincoln Navigator

Coupled with all-new Lincoln drive mode technology, an advanced system that allows owners to adjust the vehicle to make driving easier and more enjoyable in any weather or terrain with the twist of a knob, cruising around in a big SUV has never been more pleasant. And clearly, that little fact didn’t escape the minds of North American automotive journalists.

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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