The 2022 Lincoln Navigator Reserve Is An Upgraded Luxury Flagship

It has been a long time since Lincoln cemented its position in the luxury 3-seat SUV market, with the Lincoln Navigator. There’s an interesting history behind the Lincoln nameplate. Ford purchased the Lincoln brand 100 years ago in 1922. Lincoln was created by Henry Leland, co-founder of Cadillac.

Detroit is a small world, car-wise. For the last century, there have been several models aiming for the top position in Detroit’s automotive luxury segment. Right now, Lincoln’s 3-row luxury SUV, the Navigator, is putting a serious challenge for the crown.

Redesign is in the details

While Lincoln may be reticent to admit it, the 2022 Lincoln Navigator isn’t a complete redesign, starting from scratch. Instead, what the Detroit-based luxury brand is offering is an extensive refresh – which is in no way a bad take.

Small new details emerge all around the exterior of the 3-row SUV. The front grille is larger and brings new lighting elements. Headlights have been slimmed down and are now looking sleeker than before. Overall, the front fascia has been simplified, blowing an air of modernity over the roughed Navigator. The sides have been tidied up and allow the front fascia lines to flow continuously towards the rear.

One of the main issues of the previous generation Lincoln Navigator was the rear end. If previously it felt slightly separated from the rest of the vehicle, the 2022 refreshment brought the design changes needed to fix that issue. Taillights have been given a full revamping, with the new shape being heavily modified according to customer feedback. The emitted light is now more vivid and boasts a modern texture.

In terms of wheels, standard Navigator comes with 20-inch wheels. However, the Reserve and Reserve I top trims bring out 22-inch, 12-spoke aluminum machined wheels painted in premium tints around the pockets. In the same note, Reserve trims will also be equipped with power-deployable and illuminated running boards and Head-Up displays. Specific only to the Reserve I are the 30-way adjustable “Perfect Position” seats, the Revel ultima 3D audio system and the illuminated Lincoln Star inside the front grille.

Brilliant interior

Even though it isn’t technically a limousine, Lincoln recommends starting your Navigator Reserve experience from the rear seat. The second row of seats is massive in terms of space. Even a 6’5” person can comfortably fit behind the driver and enjoy the 30-way adjustable, heated, cooled and massaged seats of the Reserve I trim.

At the same time, second-row passengers benefit from the Lincoln Play entertainment system developed specifically for the rear seats. A 10.1-inch touchscreen encapsulates many streaming services, including Alexa integration. The lack of a center seat brings in a 5.8-inch digital module to deal with climate and audio controls.

If you’re enjoying the experience of the rear seats in the 2022 Navigator Reserve, just wait to see how feature packed the driver seat proves to be. One thing you almost instantly notice about driving the Navigator is the driving position. Besides the luxurious appearance, the elevated position and ample space gives a downright Star Trek captain seat vibe. You will be towering over almost any other SUV while waiting at the stoplight.

The 12-inch digital cluster screen is fully configurable, complimented by a 13.2-inch center screen to deal with navigation, infotainment and all the other quirks and features packed into the luxury SUV.

Tweaked powertrain for 2022

The 2022 Lincoln Navigator powertrain has been slightly tweaked without adding any new engine options. There’s the Ford 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 coupled to a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Surprisingly, there’s a slight down-tune in power compared to the previous generation Lincoln. The V6 is now only pushing out 440hp and 510-lb-ft. According to Lincoln’s chief engineer, reduction in power was needed to meet the latest emission standards. On the bright side, Lincoln states that, despite the 10hp reduction on paper, there are no noticeable real-world performance losses.

While cruising around highways, the V6 offers plenty of power to comfortably sit at 80mph. While it’s unmistakably big, whenever you tackle a corner with too much enthusiasm, the Navigator manages to feel moderately plated. But the competition does manage to offer better ride quality with more dynamic handling capabilities.

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