The updated 2022 Lincoln Navigator has made its official debut and is ready to go head-to-head with the Cadillac Escalade.
Lincoln has applied a number of minor styling changes to the Navigator for the 2022 model year, including an updated grille, new LED headlights and new three-dimensional taillights. The range-topping Black Label trim also gets a new two-segment grille design to help further differentiate it from the standard Navigator.
Among the most important changes applied to the 2022 Lincoln Navigator is the addition of the automaker’s new hands-free ActiveGlide system, which is a direct competitor to General Motors’ own hands-free system, Super Cruise. Just like Super Cruise, the ActiveGlide system pairs Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, Lane Centering and Speed Sign Recognition to enable hands-free driving on lane marked highways. A camera embedded in the instrument panel monitor’s the driver’s gaze to ensure they are paying attention to the road and the system will automatically disengage if they are not looking at the road ahead. Lincoln says the system will work on 130,000 miles worth of roadways in the U.S. and Canada when it launches in the 2022 Navigator early next year.
The full-size SUV has also received a minor interior overhaul with a new 132.-inch center stack screen, a 12-inch configurable digital instrument cluster and a new head-up display. An additional 5.8-inch digital display and module allows second-row passengers to easily control their climate and audio settings. A new Lincoln Play rear-seat entertainment system is also available, which adds rear 10.1-inch display screens and allows rear seat passengers to watch movies and TV shows, play games and listen to music while on the go.
Lincoln has added more standard active safety features to the Navigator, as well, with the Lincoln Co-Pilot 360 suite now including active park assist, forward collision warning, post-collision braking, distance alert, dynamic brake support, pedestrian detection, auto hold, hill start assist and automatic headlamps, among more.
Under the hood, the SUV sticks with its familiar 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6, which 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque, as well as the same 10-speed automatic transmission. The only major mechanical improvement is the addition of a new available Adaptive Suspension with Road Preview, which uses a camera to read the road ahead and make pre adjustments to the vehicle’s adaptive suspension for improved ride comfort and handling.
The 2022 Lincoln Navigator will begin arriving at Ford/Lincoln dealerships early next year. Pricing has yet to be announced.