Keeping the leading position on the market is not an easy job, especially if we are talking about full-size SUVs, which are a highly prestigious segment of the automotive industry. Constant updates and upgrades became a common thing among carmakers. Just a couple of years after launch, e saw updates for the 2020 model year, but the latest reports are also suggesting an update for the 2021 Lincoln Navigator, even bigger. According to rumors, this will be a typical mid-cycle refresh, which will bring various kinds of changes.
Of course, most of them are expected to be in terms of aesthetics, though other kinds of upgrades are expected as well. We may see additions in terms of standard equipment, interior tweaks and more. On the other side, we expect that the engine lineup will remain the same. Given the expected updates, we presume that the 2021 Lincoln Navigator will hit the market a little bit earlier than usual.
2021 Lincoln Navigator Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, the 2021 Lincoln Navigator will continue to share most of the mechanics with the F-150, which in practice brings significant weight savings, which means benefits in terms of efficiency, performances etc. On the other side, visual updates are the thing we expect to see. At this point, we don’t know the exact details, but we can make some predictions.
Of course, the focus of these visual enhancements should be on the front end. The current model already looks very attractive, so we don’t expect to see significant changes. Therefore, 2021 Lincoln Navigator will probably come only with mild tweaks to areas like headlights, grille, front bumper etc. The rest of the vehicle probably won’t come with bigger changes. The overall shape should remain the same, though we may see updates in terms of color options and new wheels.
The interior is definitely one of the strongest points of the current model. Hi-end materials, cushioned ride and a huge amount of legroom are some of the first things that come to mind. However, that doesn’t mean there is no room for updates, especially if we consider that competitors are coming completely redesigned, Of course, we are talking about models like Cadillac Escalade and Mercedes-Benz GLS, which are usually seen as the biggest rivals.
Therefore, we may see a couple of tweaks inside this huge SUV. According to some reports, the biggest changes will be a new touchscreen. While the current screen and infotainment system feature excellent navigation and lots of features, graphics could be better. That’s the reason why we believe novelties are possible in this aspect. Other than that, the 2021 Lincoln Navigator will probably carry on in the same way, although things like new interior color schemes are possible.
This is another aspect where we can see notable changes. This seems logical, as the competition is getting tougher. However, we don’t expect too significant upgrades in this aspect. Simply, the current model is already very generous in terms of standard equipment. All versions come standard with things like 10-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation, six USB ports, satellite radio, a 14-speaker stereo, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless charging. Additionally, you can get things like a panoramic sunroof, rear-seat entertainment system etc.
When it comes to safety, the list of standard equipment is also pretty generous. All models come standard with systems like a pre-collision warning and braking system with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and lane keep assist. Higher trims also offer upgrades in terms of parallel and perpendicular park assist system, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control etc.
2021 Lincoln Navigator Engines
While changes in many other aspects are possible, the powertrain in the 2021 Lincoln Navigator is about to remain the same. We count on the same 3.5-liter V6, which delivers quite impressive 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. With such numbers, you can count on amazing driving dynamics and overall performances. Moreover, the Navigator is also one of the most capable models in the class when it comes to towing. When properly equipped, this SUV can tow up to 8.700 pounds.
When it comes to fuel economy, the Navigator benefits from the fact that most rivals feature eight cylinders. Therefore, you may count on some of the better ratings in the class. An average economy goes around 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
2021 Lincoln Navigator Release Date and Price
The potential refresh would also mean a little bit earlier arrival than usual. We would say that the third quarter of the next year seems most likely. Also, we don’t expect that the price will change too much. The current model starts at around 76.000 dollars.