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HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF LINCOLN MOTOR COMPANY AND THE LINCOLN NAVIGATOR

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF LINCOLN MOTOR COMPANY AND THE LINCOLN NAVIGATOR

Some people have good ideas that soon turn into fads and go away inside of 10 years, only to be replaced by the next new fad. This can’t be said about Henry Leland. When Leland had an idea, it turned into something timeless; something that would last throughout the ages. Like for instance, the Lincoln Motor Company. Oh, and it’s fair to mention that he also created Cadillac. Lincoln Motor Company turned one hundred years old in 2017, and the Lincoln sedans and SUVs just keep getting better and better.

Angela Krause Lincoln on Mansell Road in Alpharetta has a full inventory of new and used Lincoln sedans and SUVs from which to choose. You can view them online or come see them in our new state-of-the art free-standing Lincoln showroom. It’s the only one in North Georgia and it features all the greatest offerings of the newly designed Lincoln Navigator and Lincoln Continental, and of course the Lincoln MKZ, Lincoln MKC, Lincoln MKX and the Lincoln MKT.

The First Generation: The Lincoln Navigator is a full-size luxury SUV that made its debut in 1998. It featured the ControlTrac computerized four-wheel drive system and was designed with load-leveling air suspension: This allowed the Navigator to offer a smoother ride and to lower itself upon parking. It came housed with a 230 hp Triton V8 engine with a four-speed automatic transmission and had a towing capacity of 7,700 pounds. The Navigator came with two different engines in 1999 beginning with a Triton V8 that offered 260 hp that was later replaced by a 300 hp 5.4L V8 and could tow 8,500 pounds.

The Lincoln Navigator came equipped with noise -cancelling interior materials and upgraded carpeting for a nice, quiet ride. It had seating for six with driver, passenger, second and third row bucket seats and a bench seat was optional, keyless entry, standard17” alloy wheels, an optional power moonroof, glare cancelling rearview mirror, premium audio system with a six-pack CD changer, universal garage door opener, and power adjustable brake and gas pedals.

When 2000 rolled around the Navigator offered options such as a reverse-sensing system, heated and cooled front seats, had premium leather seats, and a satellite navigation system. In 2001 a few changes were made to include an optional VHS-based entertainment system.

The Second Generation began in 2003 and the Lincoln Navigator underwent a complete redesign. A more prominent chrome waterfall grille was added, larger quad-beam headlights, chrome door handles with bezels that were color-keyed, and the running boards were wider. Inside you would find a unique new dashboard and instrument panel, a satin-nickel analog clock, optional navigation system and radio unit could be hidden when not in use by an articulating door, side curtain airbags were added along with tire pressure monitoring, an industry-first power running board was added along with power-folding third-row seats, an updated rear-seat DVD-based entertainment system was added, power liftgate, and it came standard with 18x7x5” alloy wheels.

Other changes like rack-and-pinion steering and an all-new independent rear suspension were added. Tire pressure monitoring became standard in 2004 and in 2005 AdvanceTrac became standard and the Navigator’s engine was changed to a 5.4L 3-valve SOHC V8 mated to a new ZF Friedrichshafen AG-sourced six-speed automatic transmission. An Elite package for the Ultimate trim became available in 2006 that included a DVD-based satellite navigation system that had a touch screen and was voice-activated. Also, HID headlights and a THX sound system along with a rear-seat DVD entertainment system were included in the package.

The Third Generation began in 2007 and the Navigator was redesigned with new mechanics and styling. It gained a new chrome front grille similar to the classic Lincolns of the past. It featured a larger “power-dome” hood, a more intricate headlight design, integrated fog lights, and Lincoln MKZ-inspired tail lights. There was also more overall chrome trim on the exterior. Moving inside you noticed an all-new instrument panel and dashboard that showcased rectangular shapes surrounded by real wood trim and accents of satin nickel.

A new five-link IRS design replaced the independent rear suspension for better ride quality, and thanks to an improved frame, the Lincoln Navigator two-wheel drive model could tow up to 9,000 pounds. The Navigator L was introduced in 2007 and was 14.7” longer than the standard Navigator. In 2008, the Luxury and Ultimate trims were dropped and numerous options became standard such as heated and cooled front seats, a THX II-Certified sound system with 14 speakers, power-folding third row seats, a power liftgate, and a rearview camera was now optional.

Moving into 2009, the 5.4L V8 upped the horsepower to 310 and flex-fuel capability was added. The available rearview camera from the previous year was now standard, along with a capless fuel filler, Lincoln Sync, front park assist, and heated second-row seats. In 2011, Lincoln Sync, HD radio, and Sirius Travel Link became standard across the board. No notable changes were made to the Lincoln Navigator in 2012, 2013, or 2014 with the exception of the unique front grille fascia being retired in 2014 due to updates to the front grille in 2015, along with other notable changes.

Also in 2015, the Lincoln Navigator received a new engine: an EcoBoost V6 that had 380 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. It came standard with 20” wheels, LED running lights and tail lights, HID headlights, MyLincoln Touch with Sync that had an 8” touchscreen, a standard push-button start, blind spot monitoring was optional. In 2016, the Lincoln Navigator received the new Sync3 interface with a newly designed touchscreen. There were no significant changes in 2017, the last year of the second generation. The third generation begins in 2018 with an all-new, completely redesigned Lincoln Navigator.

*COMPARISONS BETWEEN THE LINCOLN NAVIGATOR; CADILLAC ESCALADE 2WD-4DR LUXURY; AND THE INFINTI QX80 AWD

Starting MSRP: Lincoln Navigator: $63,515.

Starting MSRP: Cadillac Escalade 2WD, 4Dr. Luxury: $73,395.

Starting MSRP: Lincoln Navigator: $63,515.

When comparably equipped between the models, the Lincoln Navigator jumps to $64,710.; the Cadillac Escalade jumps to $77,585.; and the Infinity QX80 jumps to $82,095.

POWERTRAIN COMPARISONS:

The 2017 Lincoln Navigator

The 2017 Lincoln Navigator is equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine that makes 380 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to an automatic six-speed transmission and rear-wheel drive is standard. The standard-length Lincoln Navigator, two-wheel drive will give you 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway for a combined 17 mpg.

The 2017 Cadillac Escalade 2WD 4 DR Luxury

The 2017 Cadillac Escalade 2WD 4 DR Luxury is equipped with a 6.2L V8 engine that makes 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque and is matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission; rear while drive comes standard. The Escalade will give you 15 city mpg and 22 highway mpg for a combined 17 mpg.

The Infinity QX 80 AWD

The Infinity QX 80 AWD is equipped with a 5.6L V8 that makes 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Rear while drive is standard. The Infinity QX80 will give you 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway.

On April 12, 2017, Lincoln introduced the officially designed fourth generation Navigator at the 2017 New York Auto Show.[34] This version, like the fourth generation Expedition, is designed to be lighter, more spacious and luxurious than the previous generation, losing 200 pounds with a new aluminum body and features a new 3.5-liter V-6 engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Specifications are now rated at 450 hp (336 kW) @5000 rpm, 510 lb·ft (691 N·m) @3500 rpm (matching the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor). 12-inch configurable instrument cluster and head-up display are among the new offerings. The Navigator will continue to offer the standard size and extended length L versions along with the same level trims as the previous generation. Lincoln has set a MSRP at $73,000 (US) for the standard size and $84,000 (US) for the L version.

The Navigator family also debuted the upmarket "Black Label" series, with three new optional trims, Destination, Chalet, and Yacht Club. The three will be the most expensive Navigators in the fourth generation lineup, carrying a MSRP base price starting at $94,000 (US) for the standard size and around $98,100 (US) for the L version.

DRIVING IMPRESSION AND STANDARDS COMPARISONS

The 2017 Lincoln Navigator

The Lincoln Navigator, according to Edmunds, says its looks are deceiving and that it’s much more powerful than you think. It is surprisingly agile for in-city driving and on the open highway it has swift acceleration. It is powerful enough for consistent speed on uphill grades and while towing. Further, the Navigator has a better feel to it than the Escalade due to its independent rear suspension and adaptive suspension dampers.

The 2017 Cadillac Escalade 2WD 4 DR Luxury

The Cadillac Escalade 2WD 4Dr Luxury, according to Edmunds, has powerful acceleration, but doesn’t quite deliver the most luxurious ride that was expected from the brand. The ride was predictable enough with good braking and throttle response, but the Magnetic Ride Control did not deliver the best ride. Although it is high on “style statement” it wasn’t a favorite.

The following is a list of standards not included on the Cadillac Escalade that you will find on the Lincoln Navigator: AM/FM stereo, rear seat audio controls, HID headlights, woodgrain interior trim, driver vanity mirror, passenger vanity mirror, driver illuminated vanity mirror, passenger illuminated vanity mirror, hard disk drive media storage, aluminum wheels, sunroof, moonroof, V6 cylinder engine, turbocharged, 6-speed A/T, transmission with dual shift mode, daytime running lights, tow hooks, blind spot monitor, cross-traffic alert, and a third-row seat.

The Infinity QX 80 AWD

The Infiniti QX80 AWD, according to Edmunds, does not have the quick acceleration as that of competitors, but it is has a lot of power. The brake pedal can be a bit soft, but it does the job at braking hard when you need it. The massive turn radius makes it somewhat aggravating at times, it does not maintain constant speed on uphill grades and the 22” wheels are not conducive to off-road trekking.

The following is a list of standards not included on the Infinity QX80 that you will find on the Lincoln Navigator: HID headlights, luggage rack, HD radio, hard disk drive media storage, WiFi hotspot, smart device integration, front or rear performance tires, power retractable running boards, engine oil cooler, locking/limited slip differential, rear-wheel drive, V6 cylinder engine, turbocharged, 6-speed A/T, adjustable pedals, blind spot monitor, cross-traffic alert, heated rear seats, and cooled front seats.

The All New 2018 Lincoln Navigator

Sure— you could take a plane and travel anywhere you want to go within the contiguous U.S., but why on earth would you when you can drive there in your new 2018 Lincoln Navigator? It’s First Class all the way, every day. The all-new Lincoln Navigator is going to be even more spectacular than ever as it rolls out its Fourth Generation for 2018 and you can come see it or schedule a test drive at Angela Krause Lincoln of Alpharetta for its highly-anticipated debut this September.

But in the meantime, let’s take a look at what you can expect from this rolling entourage of cutting-edge technology, high end materials, and masterful design that is certain to be a very strong contender in the full-size luxury SUV arena for 2018. To begin with, it’s hard to believe that the Lincoln Navigator has only been around since 1998, but it’s easy to see that it’s going to be around for many years to come. Edmunds says this: “Faster and more luxurious, the 2018 Lincoln Navigator is one of our favorite luxury SUVs.” Well, you can’t beat that with a stick.

The beautifully crafted exterior of the new Lincoln Navigator is about 200 pounds lighter due to its all-aluminum body. It features LED headlights and clean, classic lines, a new grille that mimics that of the Lincoln Continental, and a new front end that gives the Navigator a more unified look overall. With just one look, you will instantly know it’s the complete package. Inside, you will immediately notice that everything is neat and tidy and cubbyholes are tucked away until you need them. The interior is unbelievably sophisticated and plush and is generous enough for 6 adult-sized people. There is also a second-row bench seat available to accommodate 7 people.

2018 LINCOLN NAVIGATOR LINEUP:

For the 2018 Lincoln Navigator, there are four trim levels from which to choose: Premier, Select, Reserve, and Black Label. The Black Label trim comes standard with all-wheel drive and offers three exclusive themes: Destination, Yacht Club, and Chalet. There is only one engine available for the 2018 Navigator: A twin Turbocharged 3.5L V6 that makes 450 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. Yep, that should do it.

2018 Lincoln Navigator - New York Auto Show

Mated to this massive power is a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission that has dash-mounted gear shifters that look like shiny ebony piano keys. With all this going for it, if you have been thinking about upgrading to a bigger boat, now would be a good time. Although at the time of this writing, towing capacity had not been revealed, there is the promise of class-leading towing capability on the way.

In order to add to your driving preference and safety, the new Lincoln Navigator offers multiple drive modes that will automatically adjust engine calibrations, suspension, and steering to better accommodate driving conditions and terrain. It also automatically adjusts for towing mode when it senses a utility trailer has been connected. Good looking and smart is a hard combination to beat.

Although the 2018 Lincoln Navigator is a beast to drive, it is smooth, agile, and quick on the road. You will also notice how quiet it is thanks to the laminated windows and noise-cancelling system. This is really important when it comes to listening to your favorite music on the premium 20-speaker Revel Ultima Stereo system. The French-stitched supple leather seats offer both driver and passenger available 30 -way power adjustable configurations that effortlessly ease you into your comfort zone. Second-row captain’s chairs tilt forward and adjust fore and aft for seamless third-row access. Nothing was held back with this complete redesign.

TRIM STANDARDS AND OPTIONS

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator Premier comes standard with LED headlights, power hands-free liftgate, driver memory seat settings, automatic climate control for all three seating rows, trailer towing package, power folding 60/40 split third row bench, keyless entry and ignition, front and rear parking sensors, 20” wheels, first and second-row leather upholstery with premium third row vinyl, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, eight-way power front seats with heating and power lumbar adjustment, folding second-row captain’s chairs, a 14 speaker surround sound audio system, rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, 10-inch touchscreen with Sync 3 interface, configurable gauge cluster display, voice controls, navigation, Apple CarPlay, is Android Auto compatible, and has six USB ports cabin wide.

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator Select comes loaded with all the Premier’s standards and adds power-folding running boards, 22-inch wheels, surround-view parking camera system, wireless charging pad for personal media, upgraded leather upholstery, adaptive suspension dampers, and a heated steering wheel.

2018 Lincoln Navigator Colors
Premiere, Select, & Reserve

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator Reserve offers everything from the Premier and Select and adds illuminated seat belt buckles, exterior welcome lights with Lincoln insignia, 24-way power adjustable front seats with ventilation, and a beautiful panoramic sunroof.

The Select and Reserve offer an optional Technology Package that upgrades the trims with a heavy-duty trailer tow package, forward collision mitigation with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, head-up display, automated parking system, and automatic high beams.

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator Black Label is loaded with everything from the Premier, Select, Reserve, and the Technology Package is also included. To this, the following is added: premium leather upholstery, higher levels of exterior chrome trim, Revel Ultima 20-speaker sound system, and ambient lighting throughout. If you want more, you can have it! A rear-seat entertainment system that includes dual headrest screen displays can be had along with an upgrade to 30-way power adjusted front seats with massage.

Your Lincoln Black Label opens the door to your exclusive Black Label membership that gives you access to Culinary Concierge, Maintenance Concierge, and if you don’t want to hire Uber or Lyft for a special night out on the town how about this: By becoming a member of the Black Label club, you can hire your own chauffer to drive you around in your own Lincoln. Not too shabby, eh?

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator L features an extended wheel base and is approximately a foot longer than the standard model. It offers storage underneath the floor and 15 additional cubic feet of storage behind the third row. You can also expect to find the second-row door opening to be larger in order to provide greater entry and exit for passengers. The Premier model is the only one that is not offered with the extended wheel base.

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator will also offer an adjustable shelf behind third-row seating to keep storage under control. It offers 6 USB ports, 4-12V outlets, a household-style plug, and a wireless phone charging station. The second-row passengers can have access to their own climate and audio controls and third-row passengers can have access to power reclining seats. Power, looks, luxury, capability, entertainment, comfort, and the “feel-good in your belly” sensation you get from seeing your Lincoln parked in your driveway should be reason enough to come on by Angela Krause Lincoln of Alpharetta where you can get the best deal on your new 2018 Lincoln Navigator. It’s going to be awesome, and it’s going to blow away the competition!

The Angela Krause Difference

Angela Krause Lincoln is home to one of the largest and most luxurious Lincoln dealerships in Alpharetta and all of North Georgia, yet we are a down-to-earth, family owned business with a long track record of treating people right. Our line of Lincoln Luxury cars and SUVs are offered at competitive prices and once you purchase one from us, our relationship begins a lifelong journey with you and your new or used Lincoln.

Lincoln Continental Select

The Select trim offers the same engine as the Premier, but you have the option of stepping up to a twin-turbo 2.7L V6 that makes 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque.

We invite you to visit our website or you can come see us today. We are located just off GA-400 and easily accessed from anywhere in North Georgia, Metro Atlanta, and surrounding areas, including Suwanee, Lilburn, Cumming, Canton, Dacula, Duluth, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Milton, Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Dunwoody, Cartersville, and all points in between.

Come in today and get a first look at the all-new 2018 Lincoln Navigator and 2018 Lincoln Continental, or better yet, let us bring one to you wherever you are. Once you see how Lincoln has upped the ante on these affordable luxurious vehicles, we bet you’ll have one sitting in your driveway pretty soon.

References:

Must see: Lincoln Navigator Concept, 2016 LA Auto Show:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Navigator#/media/File:Bsda.jpg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Navigator

https://www.edmunds.com/lincoln/navigator/2018/review/

https://www.lincoln.com/suvs/navigator/compare/details?trim=385261&c=387738&c=384999

https://www.edmunds.com/cadillac/escalade/2017/review/

https://www.edmunds.com/infiniti/qx80/2017/review/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caZZE6VUkR8

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