2018 Lincoln Navigator Long-Wheelbase – Yay or Nay?

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Summer solstice marked the debut of the longest version of the new Lincoln Navigator. But, is it worth the big bucks?

Lincoln wanted everyone to get a good look at the extended-wheelbase version of its all-new 2018 Navigator, that’s why they chose to debut it on the longest day of the year — the summer solstice.

Compared to the standard Navigator, the extended-length model will be about a foot longer. That means that not only will the second-row doors be larger to aid entry and exit, but cargo capacity will go up. In fact, Lincoln says luggage capacity behind the second row of seats is best-in-class, so expect it to top the Cadillac Escalade ESV’s figure of 76.7 cubic feet. The longer Navigator also gets 15 more cubic feet of space behind its third row than its shorter sibling.


In addition, customers who purchase the stretched model will be entitled to Lincoln’s signature personalized customer service that includes pickup and delivery. If their Navigator needs service, a Lincoln Service Valet picks it up, swaps it for a free Lincoln loaner vehicle, and brings the Navigator back freshly washed after the service is completed.


The debut of the largest Navigator also marked the unveiling of Lincoln’s newest Black Label interior theme: Destination, a celebration of old-world travel, inspired by vintage luggage. The seats are covered in diamond-weave Mahogany Red Venetian leather and surrounded by laser-etched khaya wood accents. Lincoln Black Label also offers Chalet and Yacht Club cabin motifs for the Navigator.


All Black Label Navigators come standard with features such as Perfect Position Seats and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection. The latter technology warns the driver of an imminent collision and can even automatically apply the brakes if the driver doesn’t use them in time in order to prevent or reduce the severity of frontal collisions, including those with pedestrians.


According to the automaker, “Lincoln Black Label members receive lifetime complimentary car washes, a complimentary culinary experience – with enhancements such as a champagne or wine toast, appetizers and a personalized menu.”

Both versions of the 2018 Lincoln Navigator will arrive in dealerships this fall. Considering the “regular” version starts at $72,055, we can expect its longer sibling to cost upwards of $80,000.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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