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New Lincoln Navigator 2020 detailed: Ford's luxury brand arrives in Australia with flagship SUV

Powered by a 3.5-litre twin-turbo petrol V6, the Lincoln Navigator pushes out 336kW/691Nm.

Lincoln Australia will soon rollout its Navigator large luxury SUV to the local market, though it won’t come cheap.

Imported and converted to right-hand-drive by International Motor Cars, who also remanufactures models such as the Cadillac Escalade and Dodge Challenger, the top-spec Lincoln Navigator Black Label is expected to wear a list price of $274,900 when it hits local roads before the end of the year.

Speaking to CarsGuide, Lincoln Australia and International Motor Cars boss David Potter said reception to the full-sized SUV had so far been positive, despite the high pricetag.

“Look, it’s had a pretty good response just in the last few days, a lot of people asking about it,” he said.

“It’s an expensive car … but this is a bit of a test case, it’s our first one of these.

“The idea of doing the Lincolns is really just something that came about in the last few months.

“We’ve got our eye on a couple of other (models) but, at the moment, it’s just the Navigator that we’re bringing over.”

Mr Potter said that the firm was also looking at bringing in lower grades at more affordable prices, but that interest in the first batch of Navigators will dictate where it goes in future.

Available exclusively in the ultra-luxurious Black Label trim, which starts at $US97,135 ($A$153,961), the Lincoln Navigator is powered by a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 petrol engine – the same one found in Ford’s F-150 Raptor and GT supercar.

However, while the GT takes outputs to 482kW/756Nm, the Lincoln Navigator keeps performance more manageable with a 336kW/691Nm tune, matching F-150 Raptor pick-up.

Drive is sent to the rear-wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission, while an all-wheel-drive option also adds a two-speed BorgWarner transfer case with low- and high-range.

A long-wheelbase version is also available in the states, but its unclear exactly which version of the Black Label will be offered in Australia.

Seating is available for seven, with a third-row bench seat and second-row captain’s chairs, while wheels measure 20 inches, although buyers can option 21-inch components.

Standard gear includes illuminated door sills, exterior chrome accents, active grille shutters, power-folding side mirrors, woodgrain interior trim, 12.0-inch digital instrument cluster, powered tailgate, heated steering wheel and wireless smartphone charger.

For multimedia, the Lincoln Navigator makes use of Ford’s Sync3 technology, which is displayed across a 10.0-inch touchscreen, outputting to a Revel 20-speaker sound system.

Safety wise, automatic and adaptive LED headlights, surround-view monitor, reversing camera, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, head-up display, lane-keep assist, forward collision warning and tyre pressure monitoring feature.

With a near $300,000 pricetag, the Lincoln Navigator is priced above a $171,900 BMW X7 M50i, but about lineball with a $274,210 Range Rover Autobiography SWB.

Tung Nguyen
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Having studied journalism at Monash University, Tung started his motoring journalism career more than a decade ago at established publications like Carsales and Wheels magazine. Since then, he has risen through the ranks at GoAuto to Managing Editor before joining the CarsGuide team in 2019 as the newly-appointed News Editor. Since starting at CarsGuide, Tung has spearheaded the push for well-researched and unique stories that will shines a light on the automotive industry for new-car-buying intenders, who might struggle to keep up to date with the fast-paced environment of motoring. The last few years alone have seen an explosion of interest in electric cars, as well as a push for autonomous driving, and as News Editor, it is Tung’s job to stay abreast of all the latest and deliver stories worthy of CarsGuide growing audience.
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