Two years ago, the Lincoln Navigator has received significant changes and total redesign for the 2018 model year. And now this full-size luxury SUV has entered its third year model with the 2020 Lincoln Navigator hitting the North American market. The Navigator five-door SUV has an all-new look that is more luxurious and that clearly makes it much different from its counterpart “The Ford Expedition”, thanks to the complete redesign carried out by Lincoln. However, we can guess that the 2020 Navigator SUV will not be much different from the redesigned 2018 Navigator model year in terms of its exterior and interior design.
The 2020 Lincoln Navigator is expected to still retain some exterior changes and fundamental revisions brought from the previous models such as the unique new front-rear fascias, huge grille design, and a new flashy wheels design. Standard upscale equipment must include a 20-inch alloy wheels with 14-spoke design, LED headlights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and ambient lighting. While the interior is more or less likely to be similar to the one offered in the 2018 model year, which means it will be equipped with several standard interior features including a 10-inch high-resolution display screen, 10-way power front-seats, genuine wood trim, Slingbox TV streaming, 14-speaker Revel audio system, power-adjustable pedals, 110-volt power outlet, remote ignition system, in-car Wi-Fi, and tri-zone automatic climate control.
With not many notable changes available for the 2020 model year, we can guess what the powertrain option will be offered for this full-size luxury SUV. The 2020 Lincoln Navigator is likely to still be powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine paired to a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, which is capable of cranks out 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. Zero to 60 mph can be achieved in just 5.4 seconds with top speed reaching 115 mph.
Meanwhile, the 2019 Lincoln Navigator has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 16 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway, and 18 mpg combined. This EPA-estimated rating must be maintained at least for the 2020 model year. Like the previous model, the rear-wheel drive configuration is expected to remain available as standard, while the all-wheel drive is optional for buyers who want it. The previous Navigator was claimed to have a maximum towing capacity of 8,700-pounds. Of course, the new model should be able to maintain the same maximum towing capacity.
Lincoln doesn’t offer standard advanced safety equipment on the entry-level Navigator, making it one of the outdated luxury SUVs in terms of advanced safety tech equipment. However, buyers can pay a cost of $2,640 to get an optional Technology Package at the second-tier trim level or mid-level trim called “Select” which includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assists, automatic high beams, and automatic emergency braking. The fourth generation Lincoln Navigator (2018 to current model) has received a five-star rating from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), although the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) hasn’t tested the fourth-generation Navigator at all for its safety.
The automaker hasn’t yet announced official details regarding its release date and price for the 2020 Lincoln Navigator, but this five-door luxury SUV is expected to arrive at U.S. showrooms later this year with production starting in October 2019. The current Navigator (2019 model year) has MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) which range from $74,500 for the standard base trim levels and $100,890 for the highest trim level “Reserve”. So we can expect the 2020 Lincoln Navigator to arrive at dealerships with a price tag similar to the current model, considering there may not be many changes brought by the new Navigator. The key competitors for the Navigator in the full-size luxury SUV segment still include Mercedes GLS-Class, Cadillac Escalade, and Infiniti QX80.
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