Navigator Concept SUV Features Gullwing Doors, Triple-Step Running Boards
March 29, 2016
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Lincoln showcased the all-new Navigator Concept during the New York Auto Show. The luxury SUV offers a glimpse at what comes next for the brand’s best-known nameplate, according to Lincoln.
Lincoln’s design team drew inspiration from luxury sailboats and yachts when designing the new concept. This influenced everything from the clean, modern lines and Storm Blue paint on the exterior that mimics the grays and blues of sea and sky, to the teak finishes, custom gear and wardrobe management system found inside.
The Navigator Concept is engineered with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, delivering more than 400 horsepower and smart new technologies to make this SUV even more sure-footed on different road surfaces and in changing weather conditions, according to Lincoln.
Drivers can choose several drive modes to improve ride and handling and to find the drive experience that best suits their mood, including steering, suspension and noise levels. Each mode is accompanied by a matching digital animation in the cluster.
The leather-wrapped interior is rendered in a light blue. Six Lincoln-patented Perfect Position Seats adjust 30 ways to best support occupants’ different body types. The driver’s seat, for instance, includes independent deployable thigh supports for maximum comfort.
A custom wardrobe management system holds gear chosen for a day on the water, while Lincoln’s Revel audio system has been specifically tuned to create the highest level sound and visual quality, according to the company.
All of this is accessed through power gullwing doors and deployable concertina steps. A special lighting sequence welcomes passengers for every journey.
The Navigator Concept features Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, which uses radar and camera technology to scan the road ahead. If a collision risk with a vehicle or pedestrian is detected, the system provides a warning to the driver. If the driver does not respond in time, it automatically can apply up to full braking force to help reduce the severity of, or even eliminate, some frontal collisions.
A 360-degree camera and enhanced park assist help with parking, exiting a parking spot and maneuvering. The system integrates views from four cameras-creating an overhead image that allows drivers to see all around the vehicle.
On the road, a lane-keeping system vibrates the steering wheel to alert drivers they are straying from their lane and provides mild steering input to encourage them to steer back toward the center of the lane.
In the cabin, head restraint monitors provide passengers Wi-Fi connectivity. For drivers, a large panel screen clearly displays key information. The display can be customized from a digital touch screen housed in the center stack.
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