Lincoln, the luxury automotive brand of Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, has introduced the 2022 Navigator with new ActiveGlide intelligent cruise control technology.
The automaker also introduced Lincoln Enhance, a wireless software update system, Navigator Sync 4 to enable cloud connectivity, and a built-in hands-free Amazon Alexa experience.
ActiveGlide is an evolution of Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control. New features include stop-and-go, lance centering, and speed sign recognition. Blue light cues appear on the digital cluster and heads-up display to indicate when the system’s camera and radar are active. Drivers will be able to operate hands free on more than 130,000 miles of highways across North America with hands-free Blue Zones in the Lincoln GPS.
The Sync 4 system carries twice the computing power as the previous Navigator’s that allows wireless connectivity with smartphones for the integration of Apple CarPlay, Andriod Auto, and Sync AppLink apps. This system makes the 2022 Navigator the most customizable make yet, with the ability to answer natural language questions and make route planning simple.
Lincoln Enhance’s wireless update technology allows the latest system and modem technologies, improvements, and preventative maintenance features to be installed, reducing repair trips, and improving performance.
Amazon Alexa capabilities delivered through SYNC 4 enables voice-initiated interactions, making it easier to play music, get directions, check traffic, manage smart home devices, find parking, pay for gas, and more – all while keeping hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. It will also feature a built-in Fire TV, creating access to a wide variety of movies, TV shows, games, and music.
Aside from in-car use, the Lincoln Way app for Alexa will allow customers to control vehicle functions such as starting and stopping the engine, locking and unlocking the doors, checking the vehicles range, and more.
“The confident, new look of Navigator and the introduction of advanced features such as Lincoln ActiveGlide — our hands-free driver-assist technology — are great examples of how we elevate our sanctuary experience and keep our vehicles fresh,” says Joy Falotico, president of Lincoln. “The new Navigator will continue to play a critical role in differentiating our brand and will welcome even more new clients to Lincoln.”
The vehicle deign has also been updated, with a redesigned grille and front end that the company says gives the vehicle a more dynamic presence on the road. Standard adaptive pixel projector headlamps debut with a new look that accentuates the fascia. New 3D taillamps fade from the center out when the vehicle is turned on, and out to center when the vehicle is turned off.
The Black Label experience on Navigator has a dual-finished grille as well as these two new themes that join Chalet and Yacht Club in the luxury portfolio:
- Central Park strikes the perfect balance between a lavish, organic oasis and the surrounding skyscrapers of New York City, with rich-contrast, open-pore dark walnut extending the full-length of the instrument panel and depicting lasered-in scenic pathways of perhaps the most famous urban park in the world.
- Invitation imparts a welcome feel to an intimate celebration, luxurious and detailed, with industry-first dual laser-etching and exclusive open-pore Khaya wood that expands across the instrument panel and center console.
The upgraded massage system available in the 30-way perfect position seats elevates the comfort of the driver and front passenger, while second-row seats now come standard with heat and ventilation to pair with a new 5.8-inch digital module that allows control over seat, climate, and audio setting.
The Revel Ultima 3D audio system features 28 speakers that envelop each occupant in sound. The atmosphere is complimented by six unique symphonic chimes recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. These crystalline chimes replace standard electronic alerts to inform drivers of everything from an open fuel door to an unbuckled seat belt.
Under the hood is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that boasts 440 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque. Adaptive suspension with road preview employs 12 sensors that read the road 500 times per second and automatically prompt adjustments up to 100 times per second, mitigating unpleasant impacts.
Navigator has the most standard and available driver-assist technologies in its class, and Lincoln continues to build on its comprehensive standard suite – Lincoln Co-Pilot360 2.0 – to provide clients with additional ways to customize their vehicle. New standard features include:
- Intersection Assist: Navigator can alert a driver attempting to turn left by applying the brakes when camera and radar technology detects oncoming traffic.
- Active Park Assist 2.0: The latest iteration of park-assist technologies – Active Park Assist 2.0 offers Park Out Assist with side-sensing capability so drivers can confidently navigate out of a spot when someone is parked too close.
The new Navigator will be built at Kentucky Truck Plant and arrive in dealerships early next year.