Lincoln has unveiled the 2022 Lincoln Navigator, which has received a mid-cycle refresh, four years after the current generation was introduced. On the outside the updates are small, but inside there are some new tech and luxury upgrades to the large SUV.
On the outside the biggest updates are new standard adaptive headlights, a new grille, bumpers and taillights. At first glance you probably won’t even be able to see the differences, since the styling changes are small.
To make it even more luxurious, the 2022 Navigator gets two new Black Label themes, which improve the interior. The Central Park theme adds open-pore dark walnut wood trim that’s overlaid with laser-etched maps of New York City’s Central Park. The Invitation theme adds Khaya wood with a different pattern. Lincoln has also updated the 30-way front seats with an upgraded massage system, while second row seats are now heated and ventilated. A massaging feature is also available for the second row.
The big news inside is a new 13.2-inch infotainment display and a new 5.8-inch digital module for second row passengers that lets them adjust the climate and audio settings. The Navigator also makes it easier to connect your devices with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The most important tech upgrade is the addition of ActiveGlide, which is Lincoln’s version of Ford’s BlueCruise hands-free driver tech. ActiveGlide combines adaptive cruise control, speed sign recognition and lane-keeping assist to take over for the driver on the highway. The system will let drivers remove their hands from the steering wheel as long as they keep their eyes on the road, which it monitors via a camera.
The 2022 Navigator also gets two new safety systems, Intersection Assist and Active Park Assist 2.0. The Intersection Assist system prevents the Navigator from making a left turn across traffic if it detects a possible collision, while Active Park Assist 2.0 helps drivers get out of a spot if someone is parked too close.
Under the hood there are some tweaks to the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, which now for some reason generates 10 less horsepower at 440 hp. The V6 still generates 510 pound-feet of torque and it’s still mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. A new adaptive suspension uses cameras and sensors to survey the road ahead and adjust the damping for imperfections in the road.
The 2022 Lincoln Navigator will arrive early next year.