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PostHeaderIcon Serena Williams Is a Lincoln Navigator Ambassador

Female tennis stars are a favorite of car makers when it comes to getting a celebrity ambassador. They lend a certain class to the model they are paid to promote, and they appeal to both sexes, albeit for different reasons. For the 2018 Lincoln Navigator now Ford has enlisted the services of Serena Williams, and the pair seem to be the perfect match.

It is not like the new Navigator needs any push from any celebrity to sell. The SUV is flying out of the showroom faster than they can get them in. In fact, Ford had to expand their Kentucky plant by 25 percent just so that they can keep up with demand. But having Serena Williams in their corner was too good an opportunity to pass, seeing as she has a history with the Navigator. Serena’s first vehicle was a Navi, which she nicknamed “Ginger” for some reason.

Now the sophisticated new Lincoln Navigator is the perfect car for Williams as it reflects perfectly her personality as a successful athlete and businesswoman. The car provides Serena with the comfort, luxury and capabilities she needs, and makes her look good too, arriving at various social functions. The partnership includes a media campaign, as Lincoln serves up social media campaign beginning today as Williams prepares for the March 5 Indian Wells tennis tournament.

“I’ve always had a connection to the Navigator brand,” said Williams. “When I bought my first car, Ginger, it was my big step-up. I had a real luxury car now, it looked great and I felt safe. When the opportunity came to work with the Lincoln Navigator today, I was really excited because it brought me back to all of those moments I had in my first vehicle. For me, partnering with a brand like Navigator comes from a genuine place.”

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Boosts Production of 2018 Lincoln Navigator to Meet Demand

Turns out SUV shoppers in America are absolutely loving the new 2018 Lincoln Navigator. In fact, they are selling so fast, Ford can barely keep up with demand. That is why they have injected an additional $25 million investment into their Kentucky Truck Plant, where the Navi is made, boosting its production capacity by 25 percent. 

The now $925 million dollar plant is responsible for the production of 2018 Lincoln Navigator as well as the latest Ford Expedition SUV. Using advanced manufacturing technologies is a highlight of Kentucky Truck Plant, and it shows in the quality of the Navigators they put out. The upgrades of the plant include 400 new robots, enhanced data analytics to help the plant operate more efficiently and a new 3D printer for faster and cheaper parts production. So no new jobs for humans, but the current workforce is going to have more time to relax.

The sales of the 2018 Lincoln Navigator more than doubled last month as the SUV got its feet grounded in huge markets such as  Florida, Texas and California and as the reviews started coming in, waxing lyrical about how good this new model is.  According to Ford, nearly 85 percent of all Navigator buyers are choosing high-end, high quality Black Label and Reserve models. The same goes for the Expedition with the top-of-the-line Platinum trim models.






“The response from customers regarding our new full-size SUVs has been exceptional,” said Joe Hinrichs, president, Global Operations. “Using a combination of Ford’s advanced manufacturing and American hard work and ingenuity, we’ll deliver more high-quality Lincoln Navigators and Ford Expeditions to customers than originally planned.”

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Lincoln Navigator Has Seriously Cool Drive Mode Graphics

There are a lot of things to like about the new 2018 Lincoln Navigator, including, as it turns out, the awesome graphics it shows you every time you change the driving mode. Yep, an entire design team was apparently  engaged in creating these cool graphics, and we have admit they have nailed it. 

So, depending on the drive mode you choose in your 2018 Lincoln Navigator,  which is by the way an all-weather SUV capable dealing with any kind of terrain, the instrument cluster changes shape in an elaborate and fancy way. You have to see them in action for yourself:

No wonder Ford can’t keep up with the demand for this car. We’d pay a 100 grand just for these graphics, even though they might prove a little distracting if you change the driving mode on the move. In any case, the Navigator has three terrain and weather-related modes, including Deep conditions for extreme snow and mud, Slippery for wet or icy conditions, and Slow climb, for steep terrain. There are also three “type of ride” modes: Normal, Conserve (efficient) and Excite.









“The beauty of these drive modes is they’re intuitive and easy to use,” said Andrew Kernahan, chief engineer, The Lincoln Motor Company. “You don’t have to know how each drive mode is developed, or adjust suspension settings or powertrain mapping. You just have to turn the dial, and the behavior of the vehicle is modified to fit the conditions or desired experience.”

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PostHeaderIcon Lincoln Aviator

It seems Ford is busy developing new vehicles these days. We’ve seen spy shots of a refreshed Explorer, a new Focus hatchback, and this, which is a long-wheelbase SUV that is much larger than the Explorer yet smaller than the Expedition. Upon closer inspection, this test mule rides on reused Lincoln Navigator wheels, has a large vertical pillar in the center of its grille, and has taillights that somewhat recall the shape of the current Navigator’s rear lights. Could it be that Lincoln is preparing a second-generation Aviator? It seems to be happening.

This isn’t the first we’ve heard of the Aviator name getting a reprise. Several articles suggest Lincoln is working on the mid-size SUV. Looking holistically at Lincoln’s lineup, the Aviator would fit perfectly between the larger Navigator and smaller (and recently renamed from MKX) Nautilus. That means Lincoln would have three crossovers with seating for five in the Nautilus, seven in the Aviator, and seven in the Navigator. Of course, the Navigator would remain the flagship SUV with the Aviator targeting luxury-minded yet slightly more budget-conscious families needing three rows of seating. The two-row Nautilus would target small families and empty nesters.

Continue reading for more information and speculation.

Spy Video


Exterior


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“The Lincoln Aviator is definitely longer and lower-slung than the current Ford Explorer yet smaller than the new Navigator”

While we can’t be completely certain this is the Lincoln Aviator, it is definitely longer and lower-slung than the current Ford Explorer yet smaller than the new Navigator. It also wouldn’t make any sense for Lincoln to have a camouflaged Navigator at this point since it is already in showrooms.

Nevertheless, this SUV is clearly a three-row model with what appears to be generous amounts of second-row legroom and a smaller third-row seat – at least by judging from the wheelbase, rear door placement, and the roofline.

The grille and headlights are pretty well covered, but we’re still able to make out the vehicle’s overall proportions. A low-hanging air dam is present for aerodynamics and the bumper’s center section appears to have a large opening for cooling. The upper grille can’t be seen, but the camo has a rather pronounced vertical line, which hints at this being a Lincoln.


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Further adding suspension that this test mule is a Lincoln are the taillights. Their overall shape looks nothing like a Ford Explorer’s taillights, but rather connect across the tailgate like all of Lincoln’s current vehicles. The rear bumper also features dual exhaust cut-outs, further pointing to its upscale nature.

Of course, it’s hard to know anything for sure at this point, but we will certainly keep an eye out for what transpires.

Interior


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“We expect a cabin much like the one seen in the new 2018 Lincoln Navigator.”

Neither our spy photographer nor the guys at TFL Car were able to grab photos of this vehicle’s interior. Should it actually be the new Lincoln Aviator, we expect a cabin much like the one seen in the new 2018 Lincoln Navigator.

A Navigator-inspired interior would include a low, horizontal dashboard with a floating center infotainment screen and a digital gauge cluster. A push-button gear shifter would be present, along with high-end materials like wood, metal, and full-grain leather. Its really up to Lincoln to set the tone for the Aviator. The SUV could carry the same level of refinement and luxury as the Navigator, but be more family-friendly thanks to its smaller size, or it could use less expensive interior finishings and cater to lower price bracket. We’re hoping for the former. After all, Lincoln should leave the budget-friendly vehicles to Ford.

The rear seats will likely come in a 3+2 configuration, meaning the second row is a three-person bench seat and the third row has seating for two. We’d bet on an optional second-row captain’s chairs, allowing for walking space between the chairs for easier entry and exit from the third row. Expect cargo space to be less than Navigator but larger than the current Explorer.

Drivetrain


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“Given Ford’s current obsession with twin-turbocharging V-6 engines in the EcoBoost line, we’d bet big money the Aviator will also make use of an EcoBoost engine”

Given Ford’s current obsession with twin-turbocharging V-6 engines in the EcoBoost line, we’d bet big money the Aviator will also make use of an EcoBoost engine. While the full-size, body-on-frame Navigator uses the 3.5-liter EcoBoost with an impressive 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque, we suspect Lincoln will use the standard-output version of the 3.5-liter that’s used in the F-150. In that application, it makes a still-respectable 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. That would give the Aviator the “premium” advantage over the Ford Explorer’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost and its output of 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

We suspect the second-generation Lincoln Aviator will take after the first-generation model and share its platform with the Ford Explorer. If that’s the case, the Aviator will use a unibody platform, a transversely mounted engine, and come with front-wheel drive as standard. If that’s the case, Lincoln will likely use the same automatic transmission used in the Explorer. The current 2018 model makes do with a six-speed gearbox, but we’d bet on either a new eight-speed or for Ford to develop a transverse mounting application for its new 10-speed automatic.

Regardless of engine or transmission offerings, an optional AWD system will be offered.

Pricing


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Given the Lincoln MKX (updated and renamed Nautilus for 2019) starts around $40,000 and the 2018 Navigator starts at $72,000, Lincoln has plenty of room to play with pricing. Conversely, the Ford Explorer’s range-topping trim, the Platinum, starts at $53,940. Lincoln could very well price the Aviator at $55,000. Of course, that is nothing more than conjecture.

The Competition

Audi Q7


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The Audi Q7 is completely new for 2018 and it boasts a sharpened appearance, a more technologically advanced in just about every way. Hinted by its name, the Q7 seats seven people in a 2+3+2 configuration. The dash features Audi’s swanky Virtual Cockpit and updated MMI infotainment system

The Q7 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Optionally, a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 is offered and makes 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Regardless of engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels via the Quattro AWD system.

Pricing for the 2018 Audi Q7 starts at $49,900 for the “base” Premium trim with the 2.0-liter. The range-topping Prestige trim with its standard V-6 starts at $65,400.

Read our full review on the 2018 Audi Q7.

Volvo XC90


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The Volvo charts its own course in the luxury SUV segment with a reserved, clean-cut appearance that isn’t overly ostentatious. It offers seating for seven in a 2+3+2 arrangement and boasts features like built-in child booster seats in the second row and four-zone climate controls. Other niceties is Volvo’s massive touchscreen infotainment system.

Volvo gives XC90 shoppers a choice between three engine options. The first is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque in the T5. The mid-range engine is the same 2.0-liter but with both a turbo and supercharger. The result is 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque in the T6. The third option is the T8 and it includes the T6’s engine mated with an 87-horse hybrid electric system that kicks out a final output to 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque while getting 25 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 27 mpg combined.

Prices for the XC90 start at $45,900 with the T5 Momentum trim. The T6 Momentum starts at $54,350 and the T8 eAWD Momentum starts at $64,950.

Read our full review on the 2018 Volvo XC90.

Jeep Wagoneer


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An honorable mention is the upcoming Jeep Wagoneer. Little is known about this vehicle other than it will ride on a modified version of the Ram 1500’s ladder frame and will offer three rows of seating. It will be targeted toward the upper-middle-class range of vehicles, while its more luxurious brother, the Grand Wagoneer, will compete with vehicles like the Range Rover, Cadillac Escalade, and Lincoln Navigator.

Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Jeep Wagoneer

Conclusion


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Lincoln is fighting its way back into relevancy thanks to vehicles like the Navigator and Continental. New models with actual names, like the Nautilus, will further help the brand compete on the world’s stage. Adding a three-row crossover slotted between the two-row Nautilus and the full-size, three-row Navigator would give Lincoln a very strong lineup.

Only time will tell if we’re right about the Aviator – provide that’s even what we’re looking at. Obviously TFL Car seems to think this is the next-generation Ford Explorer, and they are not alone. However, due to its longer wheelbase, low-slung stance, and Lincoln-like features, we’re leaning towards this being the Aviator. Add to that we’ve seen at least one Ford Explorer running around in camouflage, suggesting it will only be receiving an update in the coming years. It could also be the rumored high-performance Explorer ST.

  • Leave it
    • * No real confirmation on identity
    • * Could actually be new Ford Explorer
    • * No official word for Ford/Lincoln

References


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Read our full review on the 2018 Lincoln Navigator.


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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Lincoln Navigator Ad Has a Silent Matthew McConaughey and a Hidden Message

So, with all of the past Lincoln\McConaughey commercials and all of the weirdness that ensues, it’s pretty easy to feel disappointed here.
McConaughey is silent and does nothing more than drum on the steering wheel of his new Navigator as he waits for a train to pass. Once the train passes, he presses the button for “D” or drive, casts his typical smile, and drives off; not a word said. Now, everyone seems to be ragging on Lincoln and McConaughey for such a boring commercial. But, what everyone has seemed to miss is that the cabin of that Navigator is so quiet that you can hear McConaughey drumming on his steering wheel.

There’s nothing more to it really, and nothing less – either. Just a guy enjoying his day, drumming on his steering while as he waits for a train to pass. The point is that the cabin is quiet, so check out the advertisement for yourself and let us know what you think!


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Lincoln Navigator


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Read our full review on the 2018 Lincoln Navigator.

PostHeaderIcon Lincoln Nautilus

New driver assistance systems

Introduced in 2006 as a replacement for the Aviator, the Lincoln MKX soldiered on for almost a decade until it was redesigned in 2015. After only two years on the market, the second-generation MKX received its mid-cycle facelift. Launched at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the midsize crossover was renamed the Nautilus, as part of the company’s new strategy that involves dropping alphanumeric badges. Alongside the new name, the crossover also gained an updated front fascia, now inline with most Lincoln vehicles, new technology, and a new engine under the hood.

Lincoln’s decision to rename the MKX isn’t surprising. The midsize is the firm’s best-selling SUV and a vehicle that attracts most new customers from other brands, with nearly 40 percent reportedly crossing over from Cadillac and Lexus. The Nautilus is supposed to build on the momentum of the MKX, which is on track to deliver its best sales year since 2007. But does it have what it takes to give the Cadillac XT5 a run for its money? Find out in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lincoln Nautilus.

Exterior

  • New front grille
  • New headlamps
  • Revised front bumper
  • More chrome
  • New wheels
  • Updated taillights

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“The Lincoln Nautilus looks like a new vehicle up front, having ditched the MKX's split grille”

The Lincoln Nautilus looks like a new vehicle up front, having ditched the MKX’s split grille for the new one-piece element we’ve already seen on the Continental, Navigator, and MKX. Unlike the old grille, which had horizontal slats, the new one boasts a honeycomb-like mesh and includes the Lincoln badge in the middle. It also has significantly more chrome, which gives the SUV a more upscale look. The headlamps are also new and seem to be based on the Continental’s. They now have a more conventional, almost rectangular shape, a new LED bar at the bottom, and five individual lights above. A pair of thin daytime running lights were added just above the bumper.

The bumper is also new, now sporting more chrome, revised fog lamps, and a revised grille. The shape of the engine hood was modified as well in order to fit the new grille and headlamp layout. The lid no longer runs into the grille, but opens up a couple of inches above, creating the illusion of thick body-colored frame, like on the Bentley Mulsanne.


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“The profile carries over with just a handful of changes”

The profile carries over with just a handful of changes. The front fenders and doors now sport a chrome element with “Nautilus” lettering and Lincoln now offers a new wheel selection. It’s not much, but automakers rarely add more features on a mid-cycle update. The rear end is pretty much the same too. The taillights appear to have a slightly different LED cluster, while the thin red lights just above the bumper are now part of a stripe that stretches the entire width of the apron.

Needless to say, Lincoln uses the term “new” a bit too much for a facelift that doesn’t really go beyond a new grille and new headlamps.

Interior

  • Mildly revised dashboard
  • Updated steering wheel
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Acoustic side glass
  • Wireless charging pad
  • New Black Label theme
  • Optional Ultra Comfort seats
  • New driver assistance systems

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“Lincoln added acoustic side glass to reduce wind noise for rear passengers”

Updates are of the same variety inside the cabin, with nothing major to report in terms of layout and design. The center stack has the same configuration, with just a few buttons added to the right side. The steering wheel appears to have changed a bit too, now sporting a flatter lower spoke and revised controls. The leather-wrapped, hand-stitched steering wheel and the digital, 12.3-inch instrument cluster are among the premium highlights inside the cabin.

Lincoln added acoustic side glass to reduce wind noise for rear passengers, as well as a concealed wireless charging pad as standard. The SYNC 3 infotainment system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Options include Ultra Comfort seats with 22-way adjustability, which have been developed with input from orthopedic surgeons for the utmost comfort during long trips. Customers can also choose between 13- and 19-speaker Revel audio systems. The heated and cooled seats are available on the Reserve model.


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“The Black Label trim carries over from the MKX, but Lincoln added a new Gala theme”

The Black Label trim carries over from the MKX, but Lincoln added a new Gala theme (joining the existing Chalet and Thoroughbred options). If you’re not familiar with the Black Label trim, it’s designed for customers looking for a more unique interior. It’s also the most expensive trim, sitting above the Reserve model.

The first theme, Chalet, adds Espresso and Alpine Venetian leather, and deep Silverwood trim, celebrating the “contrasting pleasures of pulse-pounding mountain slopes and the inherent comfort of an après-ski lodge.” Thoroughbred evokes the “distinguished and elite lifestyle of horse racing” with rich Venetian leather, Chilean Maple wood, Alcantara accents, and Jet Black trim. Finally, the new Gala theme is inspired by “haute couture at New York’s Met Gala” and features Carmine leather complemented by Onyx leather, an Alcantara headliner, and Nouveax Armor aluminum accents.


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“The new lane-centering feature helps maintain the vehicle's position in its lane”

More news comes from the driver assistance department, which now includes an all-new lane-centering feature that pairs with adaptive cruise control and stop-and-go to helps maintain the vehicle’s position in its lane. There’s also a new evasive steer assist which uses radar and cameras to analyze the gap between slower-moving or stationary vehicles on the road, helping the driver steer around obstacles. Additional driver-assist technologies include Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Information System, active park assist, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping aid, and an auto-hold feature, which relieves the driver from having to hold the brakes in stop-and-go traffic.

Drivetrain

  • New 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • 3.7-liter V-6 discontinued
  • 245-horsepower base model
  • 2.7-liter EcoBoost with 335 horsepower
  • New eight-speed transmission
  • Standard Auto Start-Stop function

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“The base 3.7-liter V-6 engine was replaced by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-banger”

More significant changes happened under the hood, where the base 3.7-liter V-6 was replaced by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-banger. The new unit cranks out 245 horsepower, a 58-horsepower decrease compared to the outgoing V-6. However, the new engine is supposed to return significantly better fuel economy.

The 2.7-liter EcoBoost rated at 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque carries over unchanged, so the Nautilus has an all-turbocharged engine lineup.

Lincoln changed the transmission too, replacing the six-speed automatic that was introduced in 2016 with an eight-speed autobox. Both engine options include the Auto Start-Stop function as standard.

Prices


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Pricing information is not yet available, but the Nautilus shouldn’t retail much higher compared to the outgoing MKX. The current model starts from $39,035 in Premier trim, from $46,560 in Reserve trim, and from $54,230 with the Black Label package. Expect the corresponding Nautilus models to start from around $40,000, $48,000, and $56,000, respectively.

Competition

Cadillac XT5


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Introduced in 2016 as a replacement for the SRX, the XT5 is the first Cadillac crossover to carry the company’s new nomenclature for SUVs. The midsize is built on the same C1XX platform as the GMC Acadia and borrows styling cues from the company’s CTS and CT6 sedans. The XT5 is arguably one of the most luxurious vehicles in its niche and boasts Cadillac’s latest technology, including a streaming video rear-view mirror and the Electronic Precision Shift. Luxury features include leather, Alcantara, and woodgrain inserts. Unlike the Nautilus, the XT5 has analog gauges on each side of the digital instrument cluster. Only one engine is available in the United States, a 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. In China, the XT5 also benefits from a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-banger. The V-6 mates to an eight-speed automatic transmission and is equipped with an automatic stop-start system. All-wheel-drive is optional. Pricing start from $40,390, but the range-topping Platinum trim costs $63,890 before options.

Read our full story of the 2018 Cadillac XT5.

Conclusion


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The midsize SUV may have gained a new name, but the Nautilus is nothing more than just a mid-cycle facelift to the MKX. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I think Lincoln should have waited for the next-generation model to introduce the new nameplate. Renaming the facelifted MKX is just another sign that Lincoln is desperate to regain its former glory and become a solid competitor for the Cadillac. Needless to say, the Nautilus brings a few cool features to the MKX, but I’m afraid the midsize SUV is not yet ready to give the Cadillac XT5 a run for its money.

  • Leave it
    • * Just a moderate facelift with a new name
    • * Still a long way off from competing with Cadillac

References

Lincoln MKX


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Read our full review on the 2016 Lincoln MKX.


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PostHeaderIcon Pops’ Rants: Dear Lincoln and BMW, Please Stop Being So Pathetic

Man, this has been a rough week. Automotive-wise. The Los Angeles Auto Show sucked on so many levels. I haven’t seen so many crossovers in one place since the Soccer Mom Annual Meeting. Oh wait, that doesn’t sound right. Give me a minute here… Since the… uhm… wait, I got it… since the… Ah, screw it, I’m not in a mood for jokes. It just sucks! Then there’s the Urus, which isn’t a real Lamborghini and everyone gets excited as if they just launched the second-generation Miura. Do millennials even know what a Miura is? But the worst thing about this year’s L.A. show is that some automakers were set to remind me that press releases have more bullshit than a dairy farm.

Stop calling mild facelifts “brand-new,” you half-baked hippies! You’re not fooling anyone.

Yeah, they’re at it again. Especially Lincoln and BMW. The American brand, which is struggling to stay afloat these days, just launched a mid-cycle facelift for the MKC with a new front grille. That’s it, a new grille! And they call it “new” with a “commanding new design.” Hello?! It’s a new grille, not a new car. Now repeat after me: a new grille doesn’t make the entire car new. But wait, there’s more. Lincoln also introduced the Nautilus, a brand-new SUV according to the company’s PR division. Except it’s not new. It’s the MKX with a new grille and a new name. Hey, I like the fact that you’re using actual names now Lincoln, but it’s not a brand-new car! I can’t change my name and pretend I’m a new person. Okay, I can actually do that, but I may be spending my final years in a nuthouse. And trust me, the nuthouse isn’t good for business; there’s no room for a car production line in there.

But Lincoln isn’t the only company pretending customers are stupid. BMW also called the facelifted i8 new. Sure, the Roadster version is new indeed, but the coupe is identical to the car launched in 2014, save for the wheels, mildly revised headlamps and taillights, and the 12 extra horsepower. This is the most pathetic facelift I’ve seen in years. It’s not a new car, just a BRAND-NEW way to be lazy and pathetic! Go home BMW; you’re drunk!

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Lincoln MKC


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Read our full review on the 2019 Lincoln MKC.

Lincoln Nautilus


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Read more about the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus.

BMW i8


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Read our full review on the 2019 BMW i8.


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Read our full review on the 2019 BMW i8 Roadster.


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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Revealed As the New MKX

Lincoln Motor company realized that in order to refresh their image and get their mid-size SUV a boost, they need more than just a facelft. So they changed the name too. What you hitherto knew as the MKX will be called from here on after the Lincoln Nautilus. The recipe, however, is pretty much the same. 

With the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus you get a unique looking family SUV with excellent build quality and an old-school kind of approach to luxury. There is a ton of leather and wood and other good stuff inside the cabin, and outside you get a healthy dose of chrome and other shiny bits. The new design is a lot tamer though, in the sense that the size of the grille and the lights are within the normal range. The whole thing, in fact, looks quite neat and tidy.

Lincoln Nautilus sets itself apart not just by virtue of a unique design, but also special features. The SUV features acoustic side glass for less noise indie the cabin, Ultra Comfort seats can be adjusted up to 22 ways, a 19-speaker Revel sound system, concealed wireless charging pad, leather-wrapped, hand-stitched steering wheel is mounted ahead of a 12.3-inch fully configurable digital instrument cluster, and SYNC 3 infotainment system. The engine lineup includes a powerful 2.7-liter engine that delivers an estimated 335 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 245-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Both engines include standard Auto Start-Stop capability, plus an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Those who want their Nautilus even more special should go for the Black Label trim. This high end model offers three luxury themes. Thoroughbred adds Venetian leathers, Chilean Maple wood, Alcantara accents and Jet Black trim. Gala, inspired by haute couture at New York’s Met Gala, features seats draped in a deeply hued and elegant Carmine leather complemented by Onyx leather and an Alcantara headliner as well as Nouveax Armor aluminum accents. And Chalet, inspired by the comfort of an après-ski lodge, brings Espresso and Alpine Venetian leathers and deep Silverwood appliqués.






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PostHeaderIcon Lincoln MKC

2019 Lincoln MKC

Introduced in 2014, the MKC is Lincoln’s smallest crossover yet. Built on the Ford Global C platform, it’s related to the Ford Escape and Kuga, and its purpose is to bring Lincoln a share of the booming SUV market. And with sales of over 20,000 units per year since 2015, it’s safe to say that the MKC was a successful nameplate until now. Much more so now, since it has introduced more people to the brand, with nearly half of all MKC customers coming from other carmakers. After three years on the market, the MKC is getting its mid-cycle facelift for the 2019 model year.

Although far from comprehensive, the update did introduce the small crossover to Lincoln’s new corporate front grille. First seen on the Continental and then added to the massive Navigator, the new one-piece grille is adds a more imposing look to the small SUV, as well as a more upscale look due to all the chrome. However, changes are far from significant beyond this design element, with mostly everything being carried over, save for new interior trim for the Black Label versions and a few extra driving aids. Will this mild upgrade be enough to keep sales high? Let’s find out.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lincoln MKC.

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Exterior

  • New chrome grille
  • Revised lower bumper
  • New chrome trim around back
  • Welcome lights front and rear
  • Still fresh design
  • More premium look

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“The new grille changes how the crossover looks almost entirely”

While facelifts are rarely something to write home about design-wise, Lincoln did put some effort into refreshing the MKC. But only up front. Sure, the front fascia carries the same headlamps and an almost identical bumper design, but the new grille changes how the crossover looks almost entirely. Just like MKZ, Continental, and Navigator, the MKC ditched the two-piece grille with horizontal slats for the one piece with a honeycomb-like pattern.

The new grille isn’t as wide as the old one, thus it no longer makes contact with the headlamps, and feature significantly more chrome. This gives the car a more commanding, premium appearance. Bumper changes are limited to reconfigured intakes, which sport a different slat layout, but this isn’t very noticeable unless you look really close.


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“A Lincoln welcome mat appears beneath both front doors to welcome the passengers”

The profile of the MKC remained unchanged, as did the rear section except for the chrome trim above the license plate recess. It’s a bit disappointing to get just a slim piece of chrome in contrast to the big grille up front, but it does add to the premium look. It’s also a nice touch when combined with darker exterior colors.

As before, the LED lighting in the lower front body and taillights subtly illuminates to greet owners as they approach, while a Lincoln welcome mat appears beneath both front doors.

Interior

  • New trim for Black Label models
  • New driver-assist features
  • Rialto Green upholstery for Reserve trim
  • Optional heated, cooled seats

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“The interior carries over unchanged in terms of styling and materials”

The interior carries over unchanged in terms of styling and materials, but this isn’t an issue as the MKC has a warm and inviting cabin packed with plush and soft-touch materials. The craftsmanship is pretty solid and even though the center stack isn’t the most attractive in this segment (and could use a larger display), it’s ergonomic and not too cluttered.

As usual, the navigation and standard WiFi and USB ports allow every passenger to follow the route and stay connected, while the SYNC 3 system with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will keep you entertained during those long, sometimes boring trips. The heated and cooled seats remain optional for the entry-level model, which isn’t bad given that most automakers do the same, but it would have given the MKC an advantage over the competition. Unfortunately, Lincoln opted to not include additional standard features. Speaking of options, the available panoramic roof will flood the cabin with natural light during the day.


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“Lincoln continues to offer the Black Label trim, which adds a bit of extra luxury”

Lincoln continues to offer the Black Label trim, which adds a bit of extra luxury inside the cabin. Three themes are available, taking inspiration from arts, travel, fine food, and culture.

First up is Modern Heritage, described as perfect for those who appreciate “a clean, modern aesthetic.” This option comes with seats in Vianca White Venetian leather with the Lincoln Black Label star insignia and Argento wood accents. Next up is Indulgence, which blends Venetian leather and Alcantara in Truffle and Ganache, as well as rich Ziricote wood. The latter is usually found in yachts or musical instruments. The third Black Label trim is called Center Stage, and it’s inspired by “the fashion of the theater,” capturing the “excitement of a curtain skirting across the main stage on opening night.” This one also comes with leather and Alcantara, but the latter has diamond-L perforation and stitched Foxfire Red piping. There’s also Black Venetian leather with red stitching and exotic wood accents on the dashboard and door panels.


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“Lincoln now offers a rich Rialto Green upholstery with black ash wood on the Reserve models”

In addition, Lincoln now offers a rich Rialto Green upholstery with black ash wood on the Reserve models. This new deep green is inspired by the “vibrant tones emanating from the world of high fashion.” Fancy enough.

Lincoln also added Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection to the list of already available driver-assist technologies. Designed to reduce the severity of frontal collisions, this system uses advanced radar and camera sensors to provide a collision warning to the driver. If the driver does not respond in time, the system can automatically apply the brakes and minimize or even avoid a crash. Other available features include Active Park Assist, Lane-Keeping Alert, and Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert.

Drivetrain

  • 2.0-liter engine with 245 horsepower
  • 2.3-liter EcoBoost with 285 horsepower
  • Solid fuel economy
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Optional AWD
  • More power than the competition

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“The MKC remains unchanged under the hood with the facelift”

The MKC remains unchanged under the hood with the facelift, so the base model comes with the same 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine rated at 245 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 270 pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm. The EPA estimates fuel mileage at 20 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined, which isn’t bad for a crossover.

Higher trim levels are motivated by the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, which cranks out a more exciting 285 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 305 pound-feet of torque at 2,750 rpm. Estimated fuel economy for this model comes in at 18 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined.

Both units are paired to the six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission operated by paddle shifters placed behind the steering wheel. The standard configuration is front-wheel-drive, but AWD is available on the options list. Higher trim levels, including all models equipped with the 2.3-liter engine, have AWD as standard. The MKC also features an auto start/stop feature, first introduced for the 2017 model year.

Prices


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Pricing information for the facelifted model isn’t yet available as of November 2017, but don’t expect it to change much compared to the outgoing model. The 2018 MKC in base Premier trim retails from $33,355, while select starts from $36,110. Go with the Reserve trim and the sticker jumps to $39,985. Finally, the Black Label version retails from 45,975. All the prices above are for the 2.0-liter model. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost adds $3,500 and $6,300, depending on trim.

Competition

By tradition, Lincoln is considered Ford’s competitor for Cadillac. Of course, many argue that Lincoln products are below what Caddy’s has to offer nowadays, but the GM’s luxury brand remains a target for Lincoln. By while the Navigator is a head-on competitor for the Escalade, the MKC is significantly smaller than Cadillac’s smallest crossover, the XT5. As a result, the MKC is usually pitted against similar vehicles from German premium automakers.

BMW X1


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Redesigned for the 2016 model year, the X1, BMW smallest offering, made the switch to front-wheel-drive by adopting the same platform as the Mini Cooper. Design-wise, the X1 is pretty different. While the MKC can be described as one of the most elegant small crossovers on the market, the X1 is more about sportiness, featuring an aggressive styling language that draws cues from the company’s sporty sedans and coupes. Inside the cabin, the X1 carries over with some of the previous generation’s design, but the new features make it look fresh and modern. Unlike the MKC, the X1’s infotainment display is placed above the center stack. Features vary based on trim configuration. While the base models aren’t exactly fancy, the more expensive versions boast leather upholstery, soft-touch surfaces, and a laundry list of standard features. Power is also provided by a four-cylinder, but the U.S. model is restricted to just one configuration. Specifically, the 2.0-liter unit cranks out 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This makes the X1 inferior to both version of the MKC in terms of output, but this won’t change anytime soon as an M version is still a couple of years away. Pricing for the X1 starts from $33,900.

Read our full story on the 2017 BMW X1.

Audi Q3


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The Audi Q3 is the oldest vehicle in this comparison, having been introduced in 2011. Although it was updated most recently for the 2017 model year, it doesn’t yet feature the company’s new design language, which is sportier, more angular, and fresh. But that’s not to say that the current Q3 is dated. The small crossover is still pleasing to look at, and from many standpoints, it looks like a shrunken Q7. However, I can’t say the same about the cabin, which could use a makeover to get rid of the old interior design. Audi’s more recent layout with the continuous strip air-vent is definitely the way to go, and the next-gen model should adopt it. The specs are pretty good, and include sports seats, leather and Alcantara upholstery (optional Nappa leather), piano black and aluminum trim, and a solid technology package. Under the hood, the Q3 isn’t exactly appealing when compared to the MKC or even the X1. That’s because the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at only 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. There’s more power coming from the RS Q3 model, but that’s over 300 horses, and the sticker is significantly more expensive. Speaking of which, the Q3 retails from $32,900.

Read our full review of the 2018 Audi Q3.

Conclusion

Granted, there aren’t many upgrades to talk about with this facelift, but to be honest, the MKC doesn’t need that much to remain relevant. The design is still fresh, especially with that new grille, the interior has what it takes to compete with the German models, while both of its engines are far superior to what BMW and Audi are offering at this point. The MKC’s only drawback is the Lincoln badge, which isn’t as popular as it used to be. And unfortunately for Ford, that’s not going to change soon. But given the circumstances, the MKC is doing pretty well, and it will continue to do so for at least a couple more years.

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    • Can get expensive with options
    • Solid competition from BMW and Audi

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Lincoln MKC Unveiled with Fresh Looks, More Tech

If, for some reason, you are not attracted to any of the million choices you have in the SUV market, check out this new offering from Lincoln. The handsome and refreshingly unique 2019 Lincoln MKC is by no means the best car in this segment. But for those who wish to set themselves apart from masses it is one of the few viable options. 

The design of 2019 Lincoln MKC, for all its modern and trendy cues, still has something of the old world about it. You know, back when cars where status symbols. It has a large and unashamedly shiny grille, headlights modeled on the eyes of the 60’s actresses, and well-defined curves that don’t hide the fact it’s a little on the chunky side. All the good stuff are here, though. You get LEDs, panoramic roof, and inside the warm and cozy cabin, heated and cooled seats, wifi, USB, and…

Being an exclusive sort of vehicle, 2019 Lincoln MKC also offers options you won’t find in the more conventional SUVs. There is the Black Label personalized experience with services such as annual vehicle detailing, anytime carwashes, and access to a list of select restaurants, and themes such as Modern Heritage, Indulgence and Center Stage, each of which comes with unique colors and trims and tons of options. You even get a Lincoln Way app that enables you to start, lock, unlock and locate their MKC, as well as schedule remote starts to allow the vehicle to heat or cool to comfortable levels.

Powering the new MKC is a couple of turbocharged engines. There is a 2.3 liter unit with 285 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 2.0 liter which is the default engine with 245 horsepower. Intelligent all-wheel-drive system is available for both motors. The 2019 model also gets Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection.







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PostHeaderIcon Lincoln History and Photo Gallery

Abraham Lincoln reigns as a longtime hero to many Americans, but perhaps one of Lincoln’s most fervent fans would have to be Henry M. Leland who named his car company after this iconic historical figure. Leland was one of the founders of Cadillac, formerly named the Henry Ford Company.

After World War I, the Cadillac Company was sold to General Motors, and Leland left the company to pursue the formation of his own novel endeavor: the Lincoln Motor Company (fittingly named after Abraham Lincoln). In 1917, Leland founded the company in Detroit with the original intention of building Liberty craft engines for the First World War. Then in 1940,Lincoln received an admirable honor and was awarded credit for design excellence in New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. Shortly after the Lincoln Motor Company accepted the honor for excellent design, on April 30, 1940, it was purchased by Ford and became the Lincoln Division of Ford Motor Company. While this transition brought forth a period of financial tribulation and instability, there was light at the end of the darkness. The acquisition of the Lincoln Division enlivened Henry Ford’s company, and rapidly reached top selling status in America, rivaling other luxury car brands like Pierce-Arrow, Peerless, Packard, Marmon, Duesenberg and Cadillac.

In 1961, Ford introduced a new kind of Continental car. This marked a turning point for the company since the unique design and makeup of the Continental was and still is one of the most durable and time-enduring car blueprint on the market. Perhaps the most authentic and fresh elements of the Continental design is the center-opening doors, which gave Lincoln its signature style. The telltale spare tire mount, dubbed a “Continental Kit” by custom car repairmen is an undeniably idiosyncratic and attractive feature of these Lincoln car types.

After trekking a rough road to a top-selling car brand, the future looks bright for Ford’s Lincoln Division in light of the redesigning of the MKZ sedan by new chief designer, Max Wolfe. The latest MKZ model of Lincoln held the key to a future of optimal-sale bliss for the Ford Motor Company. However, after much hype, the MKZ model, originally designed by Solomon Song, was a flop. This lack of instant success was attributed to the old-fashioned, out-dated and obsolete style and design of a car that was supposed to turn things around for the Lincoln Division. However, the Lincoln name is not demarcated just yet. Leslie Butterfield is a luxury car specialist with Interbrand and the author of Enduring Passion: The Story of the Mercedes-Benz Brand. Her advice promises to be piercingly accurate as she vehemently recommends a revamping of the car design, while maintaining the credibility of the Lincoln name. Butterfield asserts that “it’s important that the design be a break with tradition. I don’t want to feel I’m buying Old Lincoln, I want to feel like I’m buying New Lincoln.”

Today,Lincoln remains an automobile brand of the Ford Motor Company sold primarily in North America. Along with the Continental, other historic models include the following: Lincoln Blackwood, Lincoln Capri, Lincoln Cosmopolitan, Lincoln Custom,Lincoln L-series, Lincoln Lido,Lincoln K-series and Lincoln Versailles. The most current models are the Lincoln-Zephyr, Lincoln Town Car, Lincoln LS and Lincoln Aviator.








































 

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PostHeaderIcon Official: 2018 Lincoln Navigator Black Label

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There is no denying that the Lincoln Navigator simply isn’t as good as any of the big players in the luxury SUV market.But being cool has nothing to do with being good, and we think the big Navi, at least this new version – the 2018 Lincoln Navigator Black Label, is the coolest one out there. 

Compared to this car all the Range Rovers and Bentaygas and what have you look kind of obvious. This is different. Lincoln Navigator Black Label is for those who want to set themselves apart from the multitude, those who won’t follow the trend no matter how convenient that might be. Nearly a foot longer than the standard Navigator, the Black Label has an old school approach to luxury infused with modern features and equipment.

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On the styling front a monotone black exterior with just the right amount of chrome and some really fancy wheels distinguish Lincoln Navigator Black Label from anything else on the road. Inside, you find acres of Mahogany Red Venetian leather with an intricate diamond weave on the seats complemented by khaya wood laser-etched appliqués, though you can also opt for Chalet and Yacht Club trims. Technology-wise, it gets Perfect Position Seats and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection among other things.

The Black Label also come with some perks such as lifetime complimentary car washes, a complimentary culinary experience – with enhancements such as a champagne or wine toast, appetizers and a personalized menu, plus a chance to qualify for the Avis President’s Club.

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PostHeaderIcon The 10 Most-American cars Built in 2017

Each year, the American University’s Kogod School of Business conducts a survey of the automotive industry. The D.C.-based school maps out the most American-made vehicles, regardless of their brand. Seven key criteria are used in determining the rankings, but it comes down to the percentage of American and Canadian parts used and location of the vehicles’ assembly, research and development, and corporate headquarters.

Though Kogod’s inclusive survey ranks every vehicle sold in the U.S., we’re focusing on the top 10. Much of the list hasn’t changed over 2016, but there are a few additions and missing models. An update in scoring for 2017 allows half-points for automakers (FCA, in particular) that have headquarters in multiple countries. As such, the Jeep Wrangler joins the list, despite the vehicle itself not changing. For a full explanation of the points system, check out Kogod’s website. To skip to the Top 10 most American vehicles, keep reading here on TopSpeed.com

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PostHeaderIcon Lincoln Navigator

The days of a worn-out, aging Navigator are gone. Lincoln has finally given its full-size luxury SUV a proper makeover, complete with a high-horsepower EcoBoost V-6, an upscale appearance and perhaps the classiest interior ever seen in the American SUV segment. Of course, the new Navigator is based on Ford’s all-new Expedition. Both share a new high-strength steel frame, aluminum construction for the body, and Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission. Cadillac has held the luxury SUV torch for years with its well-regarded Escalade, but Lincoln could soon be taking the lead.

“Quiet luxury is both a look and a feeling. The all-new Navigator embodies both.” That’s what Lincoln president Kumar Galhotra said about the Navigator when it debuted at the 2017 New York Auto Show. He continued, saying, “The sleek styling, spacious interior, and technology are all designed to make each trip effortless.”

Lincoln has worked tirelessly to build back its reputation of class, elegance, and that old-school charm. Take those Matthew McConaughey commercials, for example. He’s wearing a suit – tie gone, collar undone – hand sprawled over the steering wheel after a long day at some white-collar position in a successful career built over time. It’s smooth jazz music playing softly with rain falling on an empty city street; it’s a mellow yet engaging game of poker and coming away with the winning hand. “The feeling stays with you,” the commercial says. It’s this modern, minimalistic yet richly decorated idea of luxury Lincoln is attempting to tie to its brand image. Regardless of the advertisements, if Lincoln keeps building vehicles like the Navigator, the idea should stick.

Keep reading for the full run-down of Lincolns’ newest seven-seater.


PostHeaderIcon Official: 2018 Lincoln Navigator

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The undisputed reign of the Caddy Escalade as the ultimate bling bling SUV is about to face a serious challenge posed by this, the new 2018 Lincoln Navigator. Just like its predecessor, the new Navi is big, it’s luxurious, and it’s imposing. But unlike them it isn’t a wasteful gas-guzzler made out pig iron and garbage cans. . It is now refined, sophisticated and well-made. 

2018 Lincoln Navigator is powered by a twin-turbo V6 engine with an estimated 450 horsepower delivered through a 10-speed transmission. That sounds about right for a car this big, especially as it has a high-strength aluminum-alloy body that removes nearly 200 pounds compared to the previous model. Additional weight savings have been reinvested in features such as towing capability and quietness. For example, laminated front and side glass contributes to the quietest Navigator cabin ever.

The new Navigator also has an interesting design that has some cool retro elements about it. But the best part of this SUv is the interior, both in terms of design and features. It is also pretty up to date, and comes with with six USB ports, four 12-volt power outlets and a 110-volt plug. An available wireless phone charger in the first-row center console media bin eliminates tangled cords. There is even a Personal Profile feature which uses the key fob to recall individual driver preferences for adapting seat, mirror and pedal positions, as well as climate control and entertainment settings.

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Other highlights include SYNC 3 with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, available rear-seat entertainment system allows passengers to stream content wirelessly with an Android device to one of the 10-inch adjustable screens mounted on the rear of the front seats, standard Wi-Fi, and available Revel Ultima audio with 20 speakers.

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PostHeaderIcon The New Lincoln Navigator is Here, and You're Going to Want One

When Lincoln showed off the Navigator Concept in New York last year, we thought for sure Lincoln was trying to give us a reach around without the happy ending. But, as it turns out, that isn’t the case at all. The new Lincoln Navigator doesn’t just show progressive thinking and a true understanding of public desire, but it looks nearly identical to the concept – something that just doesn’t happen these days with American-made vehicles. It’s got those long, beautiful body lines, that new grille design that’s prominent and dominating, the mildly aggressive hood, and a stylish fascia that is actually an improvement over the 2016 concept. And, if that isn’t enough, LED fog lights are hidden down below, while the headlight transfer straight over from concept with an even more modern look thanks to extremely clear lenses and a healthy dose of LED light. But, it doesn’t stop there.

It might not have the cool gullwing doors that the concept had, but you open those doors, and you’ll find one of the plushest interiors in this segment. A huge departure from the aged and overplayed current-gen model, this interior is also nearly identical to the concept. The dash is low and straight to the point, providing a firm basis for a spacious interior. Where the last-gen model was big and bulky, the new model is on-point and upscale – exactly what the Lincoln brand is supposed to stand for. The seats offer excessive padding and support while the center console serves as a nerve center for interior control. The infotainment system controls are integrated with the HVAC controls, a feature that saves space and simplifies things at the same time. A new shifter design (buttons on the dash) make the console more open and more like a command center than anything offered by the competition.

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PostHeaderIcon Lincoln Continental Black Label Edition

There once was a time when owning a Lincoln Continental meant that you belonged in the upper crust of society. It was a status symbol as much as it was a luxury sedan and having one meant that you had a license to roll down your windows to be seen driving one. Those days are long gone, and for a lot of the younger auto enthusiasts, mentioning the name “Lincoln Continental” doesn’t evoke the kind of response the way it used to. Ford, the parent company of Lincoln since 1922, hopes to change all of that when it brought back the Continental in 2016 after spending the last 14 years on the shelf. Now, the Continental is a year into its newest life, and it’s already getting a Black Label special edition.

One iteration of the Continental Black Label Edition is “Rhapsody,” of which its overarching theme is blue. Lots of it. In fact, a large majority of the car’s surface is blue, be it on the exterior or in the interior. And since this is a Continental, Lincoln didn’t just settle for any kind of blue surface, particularly in the cabin where swaths of premium materials are used throughout its whole surface.

According to Marcia Salzberg, Lincoln’s senior designer for color and materials, the decision to go with the specific color went beyond spinning the color wheel and settling for where the arrow ended up pointing at. “

“We had so much inspiration, from all around us,” Salzberg said. “We looked at the color of custom business suits, at nature, how day fades into night, how the sky gets so soft and velvety. We looked at our heritage, at Lincolns of the past – at how blue was such an important, signature color.”

The finished product is, without question, a unique take on the Continental. Other versions of the Black Label Edition are also available, specifically in Chalet and Thoroughbred themes that come with their own unique themes.

It remains to be seen if the Black Label Edition will help the Lincoln Continental regain some of its lost luster. At least the Continental is back, which is more than what it could’ve have said a few years ago when the nameplate was collecting dust.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Lincoln Continental Black Label Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Lincoln MKC – Driven

Lincoln continues to fight its way back from the dead as Ford continues pouring money into its luxury brand. Its relatively new vehicle lineup is certainly helping thanks to an increased appeal to a wider, more discerning audience. One of Lincoln’s front-runners is the MKC crossover – a high-class version of the Ford Escape fitted with its own styling and unique interior. The Ford elements shine through where it counts, like the surprisingly robust 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine.

I recently spent a week with a 2016 Lincoln MKC Reserve, the next most expensive trim grade below the swanky Black Label trim. Its long list of standard equipment and well-appointed interior solidifies Lincoln has some great ingredients in this crossover cake. A quick scan of the Monroney sticker confirms that. Items like HID headlights and LED taillights, dual exhaust tips, 20-inch wheels give the MKC a class appearance while plushy leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, the SNYC3 infotainment system, and metallic trim make the interior a welcoming place to ride.

Then there’s the optional 2.3-liter EcoBoost. Minus a few changes, this EcoBoost can also be found in the Ford Mustang. The turbocharged engine produces a respectable 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque in Lincoln spec, and sends power to all four wheels. Strong power and all-weather traction are trademarks of the luxury car market, but how well does the 2016 Lincoln MKC perform as a whole? Keep reading to find out.

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PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Huracan Breaks in Half, then Bursts into Flames in Chicago

It seems like accidents involving supercars tend to happen on a somewhat regular basis. Today, I’m here to talk about an accident involving a Lamborghini Huracan that met its untimely demise in the windy city over the weekend. Reports are still coming in from various sources, but as you can see from the image above, the Lambo not only split in half but caught on fire as well. Fortunately, witnesses on the scene were able to pull the drive from the wreckage just before it burst into flames.

For now, no official information has been released, but a report from NBC 5 out of Chicago says that witnesses claim a Lincoln MKS made contact with the Hurcane which ultimately sent it straight into the telephone pole that broke the car in half. The rear half continued in that direction until it struck a fence while the front half of the vehicle sat in the middle of the street. Reports indicate that the passenger cell that is built into the Huracan – much like that of other supercars like the McLaren 650S, for example – protected the driver like it was supposed to.

It’s an unfortunate happening for the driver of the Huracan – totaling a $240,000 car can ruin anyone’s week – but at least he walked away with his life. For now, Chicago police are still investigating the accident.

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PostHeaderIcon 2016 Mecum Monterey Auction – Preview

Mecum Auctions has been involved with collector cars for almost three decades now, growing from a small family business to selling roughly 20,000 lots per year. In addition to top-dollar automobiles, Mecum also offers vintage motorcycles, collectible road art, and believe it or not, tractors. But you and I don’t really care about all that other stuff – we’re in it for the cars, from cutting-edge performance machines to ironclad muscle cars, antique classics to no-frills racers. Thankfully, Mecum has the entire spread on tap. The auction house averages more than one event per month, but one of the biggest is in California for Monterey Car Week. Roughly 600 vehicles are slated to hit the block for 2016, and we’ve got some of the most interesting of them profiled right here.

Highlighting the lineup for Monterey is the Modern Speed Collection, a host of ultra-high-end speed-mobiles from the present day. Mecum calls it “the apex of 21st Century automotive performance,” and picking through the offerings, I’m inclined to agree. Think rare, gorgeous, and absurdly quick.

TopSpeed will be on the scene this year, bringing you all the latest. Read on for a taste of what’s in store.

Update 08-20-2016 5:00 P.M. PST We’re on the scene at Mecum and have updated this preview with a welcome video. Check it out in the preview below.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Mecum Monterey Auction.


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2014 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 2-Door 2014 FORD MUSTANG GT ROUSH RS3 STAGE 3 S/C 6-SPEED 23K #211181 Texas Direct Auto
$1.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 9:15:00 PST
Buy It Now for only: $32,730.00
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1965 Ford Mustang 2+2 1965 MUSTANG A CODE 289 4V 4 SPEED FAST BACK RAGOON RED
$6,000.00 (4 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Feb-22-2018 15:53:14 PST
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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Coupe 2-Door 2017 CHEVY CORVETTE GRAND SPORT COUPE LT Z16 7SPD 5K MI #115918 Texas Direct
$59,630.00
End Date: Thursday Feb-22-2018 10:15:00 PST
Buy It Now for only: $59,630.00
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1965 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 1965 Ford Mustang GT Convertible FACTORY GT
$17,350.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Monday Feb-19-2018 12:20:31 PST
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2013 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 2-Door 2013 FORD MUSTANG GT 5.0 6-SPEED 19" WHEELS 35K MILES #241252 Texas Direct Auto
$1.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 15:44:38 PST
Buy It Now for only: $20,980.00
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2016 Ford Mustang GT350 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
$48,000.00
End Date: Wednesday Feb-21-2018 17:00:00 PST
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1955 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1955 chevy pickup
$5,500.00
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 17:37:06 PST
Buy It Now for only: $5,500.00
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1970 Chevrolet C-10 Custom 1970 C10 w/68 front clip
$16,600.00 (9 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 6:53:15 PST
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1967 Chevrolet C-10 Custom 1967 C10 Black Beauty w/ AC
$15,100.00 (9 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 6:55:21 PST
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1965 Chevrolet C-10 1965 p-10 van step van rat rod hot rod custom street rod Divico
$16,100.00 (9 Bids)
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 17:51:16 PST
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2007 Ford Mustang GT Premium 2007 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 5 Speed Premium Low Miles Loaded Stunning Car
$10,500.00 (29 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Feb-17-2018 13:55:56 PST
Buy It Now for only: $11,995.00
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2015 Ford F-150 LARIAT Ford Crew Cab Lariat 4X4 Ecoboost Custom New Lift Wheels Tires Grill Leather Nav
$1,275.00 (7 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Feb-22-2018 11:31:02 PST
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1968 Ford Mustang Fastback GT 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback GT 428 Bullit
$22,099.00 (36 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Feb-18-2018 16:19:28 PST
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2014 Chevrolet Corvette 3 LT 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible, Z51, 3 LT, Nightrace Blue with Blue Top
$33,100.00 (40 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Feb-20-2018 17:41:18 PST
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2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Coupe 2-Door 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake Kenne Bell Super Charger Less Than 400 Miles
$40,100.00 (20 Bids)
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 14:52:16 PST
Buy It Now for only: $84,995.00
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2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT MINT!! LOW MILES!! CLEAN HISTORY!! FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT!! 5-SPD!! NEW TIRES!!
$17,900.00 (16 Bids)
End Date: Monday Feb-26-2018 11:41:21 PST
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2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe 2-Door 2014 CHEVY CAMARO 2SS 1LE 6-SPD SUNROOF NAV 20'S 12K MI #212464 Texas Direct
$1.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 9:15:00 PST
Buy It Now for only: $28,980.00
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe 2-Door 2017 CHEVY CAMARO 2SS CLIMATE SEATS SUNROOF NAV HUD 8K! #197736 Texas Direct
$16,369.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Feb-17-2018 14:29:47 PST
Buy It Now for only: $37,730.00
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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe 2-Door 2015 CHEVY CORVETTE Z06 3LZ S/C 7-SPEED NAV HUD 19K MI #606312 Texas Direct Auto
$50,100.00 (19 Bids)
End Date: Monday Feb-19-2018 15:29:54 PST
Buy It Now for only: $63,930.00
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2012 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 2-Door 2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 V8 Convertible 63kmi
$1,000.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Wednesday Feb-21-2018 12:25:41 PST
Buy It Now for only: $16,900.00
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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 Coupe 2-Door 2014 CHEVY CORVETTE STINGRAY Z51 2LT 7-SPD NAV HUD 31K #114978 Texas Direct Auto
$43,730.00
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 14:26:33 PST
Buy It Now for only: $43,730.00
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1966 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 1966 Ford Convertible GT Mustang 289 Auto with Powersteering
$20,000.00 (43 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Feb-21-2018 19:08:15 PST
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2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 61,565 Miles LeMans Blue Metallic 2dr Car 8 Cylinder
$26,500.00
End Date: Tuesday Mar-6-2018 22:24:00 PST
Buy It Now for only: $26,500.00
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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe 2-Door 2015 CHEVY CORVETTE 2LT ZF1 AUTO NAV REAR CAM HUD 19K #111222 Texas Direct Auto
$44,730.00
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 7:00:00 PST
Buy It Now for only: $44,730.00
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2016 Ford Mustang GT 2016 Ford Mustang GT 9,457 Miles Oxford White 2D Coupe 5.0L V8 Ti-VCT 6-Speed
$5,800.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 11:48:07 PST
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1992 Ford Mustang GT 1992 mustang
$16,000.00
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 19:16:26 PST
Buy It Now for only: $16,000.00
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS CONVERTIBLE 2017 CAMARO SS W/2SS CONVERTIBLE INDY 500 PACE CAR #36
$42,500.00
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 7:45:00 PST
Buy It Now for only: $42,500.00
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2007 Ford Mustang GT 2007 Mustang GT premium coupe
$6,000.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 11:20:35 PST
Buy It Now for only: $7,000.00
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1967 Ford Mustang 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback
$15,300.00 (12 Bids)
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 21:58:35 PST
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1941 Chevrolet Other Pickups Standard 1941 Chevy Pickup Rat Rod
$5,600.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 22:11:30 PST
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