Lincoln pulled a bit of a surprise here at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. Ford’s luxury unit used the show to debut the Lincoln Navigator concept, essentially previewing the next production version of the SUV.
Ford Authority has covered the SUV’s reveal as it unfolds, but we’re here to discuss what the Navigator concept is a response to: the blatant, money-printing success of the 2016 Cadillac Escalade. Despite Cadillac’s feelings towards a body-on-frame SUV in its lineup, the brand has come to embrace the SUV’s success. It oozes everything Cadillac wants its sedans and crossovers to ooze.
Back in the early 2000s, the Lincoln Navigator was actually a formidable foe to the Escalade, snatching up plenty of buyers against the then crest and wreath. But, today, the Navigator has lagged behind in the premium SUV segment, with the Escalade reining supreme. The Navigator concept is stretched, wide and long, mimicking the Escalade ESV’s proportions. The concept is utterly massive in person.
Inside, premium materials, and a classy, semi-retro look definitely please the eye, but it remains to be seen how the look will translate to a production vehicle when that does occur next year.
All we know is, Cadillac is going to have some new competition sooner rather than later. But, with a name like Escalade, we’re sure the brand isn’t too worried.