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Although not the most popular segment in the automotive industry, full-size SUVs are a matter of prestige. So, every major manufacturer tends to make the best-possible flagship model, which rides on an old-school body-on-frame platform. At this point, the Navigator is arguably one of the best full-size luxury SUVs you can find. Excellent ride quality, luxurious cabin, strong engine and a long list of standard equipment are just some of the things that come to mind. However, the competition will get tougher in the near future. Some of the biggest rivals, models like Cadillac Escalade and Mercedes-Benz GLS are about to come completely new in the next year. Therefore, the 2021 Lincoln Navigator might come with updates as well.
At this point, we don’t know the details, but it looks like Lincoln prepares an answer to the aforementioned redesigns, which should help in retaining the leading position on the market. Most likely, the focus will be on the styling and we will see a new front face. Also, we should see some interesting additions in terms of standard equipment. On the other side, things under the hood should remain the same.
2021 Lincoln Navigator Possible Changes
As we already mentioned, the 2021 Lincoln Navigator could come with notable changes. We believe that the company would put the focus on aesthetics, so this would be a typical facelift. Naturally, most of the changes would come at the front, but we have to say that the current model already looks pretty amazing. Also, it comes with pretty classic and conventional styling solutions, so it seems hard to expect more significant styling changes before a complete overhaul.
Therefore, we presume that the changes would rather be mild. The areas that could receive novelties are headlights, grille, bumpers etc. The rest of the vehicle should carry on in the same way, though we may see typical mid-cycle updates in terms of new color options, wheels etc.
When it comes to interior changes, we don’t expect to see too many of them. Simply, the current model already features one of the finest cabins in the segment. The whole interior is made from top-notch materials, while the ride quality is extremely comfortable. The dashboard looks very attractive but it won’t be surprised if we see some revisions on the center stack, particularly in terms of the touchscreen interface. The current system is very intuitive and super-easy to use, while features are numerous. However, graphics could be better, so this is why we would like to see a new one, which may be even bigger.
The strongest point of this SUV is comfort. It offers an extremely cushioned ride and one of the reasons is also an independent rear suspension. In terms of space, this is one of the most comfortable models in the class.
If you want in numbers, it seems enough to say that there is almost 41 inch of legroom in the third row, which is on par with many first rows on the market. In this SUV, the first row measures around 43.9, while the second row is good for about 42 inches. When it comes to the cargo area, there are more than 20 cubic feet behind rear seats, while to total cargo space goes up to 103.4 cubic feet. That’s significantly more compared to the biggest rival, Cadillac Escalade. Still, keep in mind that GM’s player is coming completely redesigned next year.
Lincoln Navigator L
If you feel you need something even more spacious than the standard Navigator, check the long-wheelbase version, which is simply called the Navigator L. Compared to the standard model, this one is notably bigger. For example, it measures pretty impressive 131.6 inches in the wheelbase. Interestingly, you can count on the same amount of legroom.
On the other side, differences in cargo capacity are obvious. You can count on 36 cubic feet behind the third row, while the total capacity goes all away up to 120.3 cubic feet. Those are class-leading numbers.
When it comes to standard equipment, we might see some interesting novelties. Still, we don’t expect too much, as the current model is already characterized by a very long list of standard features. All models come standard with things like 10-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation, six USB ports, satellite radio, a 14-speaker stereo, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless charging etc. In higher trims, you can also get things like a 20-speaker stereo, a rear-seat entertainment system, and a panoramic sunroof.
The same thing goes to safety, as the base model comes with a quite long list of standard features. All models come standard with things like pre-collision warning and braking system with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and lane keep assist.
2021 Lincoln Navigator Engine
Things under the hood are expected to remain the same. The 2021 Lincoln Navigator should carry on with the same 3.5-liter V6. It is good for quite impressive 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. With such numbers, you may count on pretty amazing acceleration and overall driving dynamics. Also, the Navigator features a pretty impressive towing capacity, which goes up to 8.700 pounds. Finally, you can count on pretty good mpg ratings, better than most V8-powered rivals. This SUV returns around 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
2021 Lincoln Navigator Release Date and Price
The possible update would probably mean a little bit earlier launch date. Details are yet to come. Still, we presume the 2021 Lincoln Navigator release date would be scheduled for the third quarter of next year. When it comes to the price, the current model starts at around 76.000 dollars and we don’t expect bigger changes in the near future.