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The Navigator is an important vehicle for Lincoln: 33% of Lincoln customers who are shopping multiple brands buy a Navigator. You could call it the gateway Lincoln. Laura Clark, Navigator brand manager specified, “Navigator is our flagship for Lincoln…we are really extremely proud of this vehicle.” The 2021 model even won “Best 8-Passenger SUV.” As a result, Navigator sales rose 33% in 2021. But without a redesign since 2018, the SUV needed a refresh. 

Recently, Ford Motor Company unveiled the 2022 Navigator’s mid-cycle redesign. Lincoln engineered a suite of state-of-the-art technologies–including ActiveGlide–to transform the 2022 Lincoln Navigator into a “sanctuary” inspired by nature.

The 2022 Lincoln Navigator Offers ActiveGlide Advanced Driver Assist

Gray pre-production model of the 2022 Lincoln Navigator with ActiveGlide Advanced Driver Assistance System
2022 Lincoln Navigator | Lincoln

Many of Ford’s upgrades to the 2022 Navigator are high-tech features. For example, the Navigator now offers more driver-assist technologies–in both the categories of standard technologies and available technologies–than any SUV in its class. 

New for 2022, available ActiveGlide technology allows the driver to operate the Navigator on divided highways, hands-free. ActiveGlide is Lincoln’s brand name for Ford’s advanced driver-assistance system. However, the blue oval parent company specifies that the new Navigator is not technically self-driving; ActiveGlide only works when the vehicle is on approved hands-free roads and senses the driver is paying attention.

The Traditional Lincoln Logo | Photo by Christopher Evans/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images

Standard technologies include active parking assist, automatic high/low beams, automatic wipers, and adaptive headlamps.

The Navigator’s standard driver-assist technologies fall under Lincoln’s new Co-Pilot360 2.0 suite. The suite of driver aids includes a lane-keeping system, pre-collisions assist with automatic braking, blind-spot detection, and post-collision braking to lessen a secondary impact if the driver is incapacitated. Driver aids also include intelligent adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology, auto-hold hill start assist, pedestrian detection, and the brand new intersection assist. Co-Pilot360 even offers the driver a standard 360-degree camera.

Buyers can expand Co-Pilot360 with Towing, including Trailer Reverse Guidance, Trailer Backup Assist, and Pro-Trailer Hitch Assist 2.0. Finally, buyers can opt for the new ActiveGlide feature.

For 2022, the Navigator also gains standard adaptive suspension with road preview: a technology to evaluate the upcoming road and prepare the suspension for any bumps. The new Navigator upgrades to the SYNC 4 system, allowing occupants to speak with Amazon’s Alexa and control vehicle and smartphone apps to adjust audio or even order takeout food–all hands-free.

The Navigator Offers A ‘Sanctuary’ of Luxury Options 

White leather interior of a pre-production model of the 2022 Lincoln Navigator with ActiveGlide Advanced Driver Assistance System
2022 Lincoln Navigator | Lincoln

MotorTrend reviewers named the 2021 Navigator the “pinnacle of American luxury.” The marque seeks to outdo itself with its 2022 Navigator redesign.

The previous Navigator offered 30-way front seats with a massaging option. The 2022 Navigator is the first vehicle in its class to offer massage capability in its second-row seats. Buyers can also opt for Lincoln Play entertainment centers–with Amazon Fire TV–for the second-row passengers. Lincoln also offers a second-row console with digital display and touch-screen controls for the rear seats and climate.

The interior of the new Navigator benefits from Active Noise Control, acoustic laminate glass, and a re-engineered cabin to better mitigate noise, vibration, and harshness.

The Black Label Difference

This is the green leather and wood interior of a pre-production 2022 Lincoln Navigator Black Label edition
2022 Lincoln Navigator Black Label | Lincoln

The top-trim Navigator is Lincoln’s storied “Black Label” edition. Black Label Navigators boast themed interiors with colored leather, several available matching exterior colors, and high-end materials. Lincoln even alludes to other exclusive Black Label “benefits.” Black Label Navigators come standard with the stretched wheelbase and rear seat infotainment systems that are merely options for lesser trim levels.

Lincoln produced 2021 Navigators with one of three Black Label themes:

  1. “Chalet” offering a two-tone white “alpine” and brown “espresso” Venetian leather interior with Silverwood accents.
  2. “Destination” with a “Mahogany” red Venetian leather interior and Khaya accents.
  3. “Yacht Club” featuring a two-tone “Blue Bay” and “Alpine” Venetian leather interior with whitewashed Teak accents.

For 2022, Lincoln will keep these three Black Label themes while adding two more. The new themes are “Invitation” and “Central Park.” Some of Lincoln’s press release photos feature one of o the new Black Label Navigator themes.

The 2022 Lincoln Navigator Will Be Even More Opulent

Gray pre-production model of the 2022 Lincoln Navigator with ActiveGlide Advanced Driver Assistance System
2022 Lincoln Navigator | Lincoln

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With its new, taller grill, the 2022 Navigator will be easy to spot. But check it out while you can, because with its 3.4L EcoBoost engine–borrowed from the Ford F-150 Raptor–it may disappear down the road in a flash. 

The Navigator has always represented American opulence, and the 2022 redesign pushes the pinnacle of luxury further still.

Sources: CNBC, AutoBlog