North American Truck of the Year: The 2018 Navigator
A panel of critics has just named its North American Truck of the Year! And, to the surprise of no one familiar with Lincoln’s flagship SUV, it’s the 2018 Navigator.
Truck of the Year
A “jury” of 60 journalists from Canada and the United States deliberated carefully on the award. They considered everything from power and handling to comfort and style in the most scientific way possible. The jury announced the award at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. It marked the first time a Lincoln vehicle claimed the award.
Lincoln Motor Company President, Kumar Galhotra, acknowledged the unprecedented win: “Lincoln is honored to be named the best among such a strong field of competitors. The entire Lincoln team is very proud of the work that was done to create a truly differentiated, luxury Lincoln experience in our all-new Navigator.”
The 2018 Navigator
In 2017, Lincoln redesigned the Navigator from the ground up. It’s overall architecture is much more fluid and modern than previous generation. And it derives its aggressive character from the signature LED lights and standard 22” Ultra Bright Machined Aluminum Wheels with Tarnish Dark Accents, and available illuminated, power running boards. The design culminates in the chrome mesh grille with Lincoln badge.
In the 2018 Navigator, a 3.5L Twin-Turbocharged V6 engine is standard, too. It delivers 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque meaning that it can even get its hands dirty when necessary. Paired with the 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, it not only delivers tons of power, but it delivers it smoothly and efficiently. Of course, you also get standard four-wheel drive for commanding and confident performance in all conditions. The 2018 Navigator towers over other vehicles on the road, but its handling and road-feel bely its imperious size. It’s (almost) as much of a joy to drive as it is to be driven in.
Now, that’s all well and good, but we will always disproportionately judge luxury SUVs on interior comfort and refinement. And, as the award may have prepared you to realise, the 2018 Navigator doesn’t disappoint on that score. Lincoln has covered the seats and steering wheel with soft leather, complementing it with genuine wood inlays. Lincoln hasn’t overlooked a single surface or cut one corner. And, of course, you can also expect the latest technology and equipment.
The 2018 Navigator is brimming with the latest gadgets to keep you safe – both from genuine danger and ennui. That’s why you get standard Blind Spot Monitoring and Available Adaptive Cruise Control. It’s also why Lincoln offers a Revel Ultima Audio System with 20 speakers delivering incredible sound from aluminum casings.
Following a brief rundown of the features, you begin to realise the 2018 Lincoln Navigator has no weakness. With the best in style, comfort, performance, and technology, it’s unsurprising that experts crowned the stunning SUV.