I haven't seen this much chrome slathered onto a vehicle since the late fifties, when each auto manufacturer seemed to be in a competition to see who could build the most ostentatious car (it was a tossup between the '58 Olds and Buick).
Whether Lincoln's attempt is tastefully executed or not will be left up the reader's judgment, but the Lincoln executives that I spoke to tell me that they had numerous focus groups of people who gave the design their thumb's up.
The chrome cap on the front of the hood just above the main grill is an option for folks who want to embellish the look even further. You can see the way it looks with the painted cap by clicking on the photo gallery of the standard length Navigator which did not have the extra chrome. Lincoln tells me that there will be a monochrome option for people who might want to take some of the glitter off. The Monochrome package will have the lower grill section section, mirror caps and the wide chrome panel along the sides painted in body color. With this package, the grill between the headlamps will still be bright, but that's about it.
Inside the new Navigator, the interior is beautifully done with tasteful wood panels and acres of leather. The heated and cooled seats have perforated leather in the center with piping around the edge in a contrasting color.
The seats were very comfortable in all three rows and suitable for full grown adults in all seating positions. The driver and front passenger thrones were large and lavish with 8 way power, plus power lumbar and two person memory for the driver.
The running boards disappear into the rocker panel below the doors. What you are seeing below the doors is actually the edge of the running boards. As soon as you open either side door, the running board silently deploys to assist you in gracefully entering the vehicle. When you close both doors, the running board automatically stows itself back to its hiding place. This was very nicely executed.
The 2007 Lincoln Navigator now comes in two sizes. The standard length Navigator is about the same as previous years. The super-sized Navigator, called the Navigator L, is a full 15 inches longer with all the extra room going behind the third row seat for extra cargo space. Unlike the Cadillac Escalade, which is the Navigator's main competition, the third row seats in the Lincoln can be retracted into the floor. The Cadillac seats would have to be removed to get this much room.
As with other Ford SUVs, the third row seats are retracted into the floor electrically with a pair of buttons on the side of the cargo area. The second row seats will fold flat to form a large cargo area obstructed only by the second row console if the 7 passenger configuration is ordered. If you opt for the three across second row seat, you will have a fully flat cargo area and room for eight.
The Navigator is in its element out on the open road. While it is not as powerful as the 400 horsepower Escalade, It had more than enough power to make driving feel effortless and smooth. Towing is also first rate with up to 8,950 pounds of towing capacity when properly equipped with the heavy duty trailer towing package (Class III/IV).
This towing package includes rear load leveling air suspension, four-pin and seven-pin wire connector, heavy-duty flasher and a heavy-duty hitch with a two inch receiver integrated with the rear bumper. Also included in this package is a heavy-duty radiator and transmission cooler.
The Lincoln Navigator is the original Luxury Sport Utility Vehicle. Prior to the Navigator, Large SUVs were mostly utility vehicles that were thinly disguised trucks with extra seating in place of the cargo area. When the Navigator was introduced as a 1998 model in the Lincoln lineup, it was an immediate hit and had other manufacturers scrambling to join the party. The Cadillac Escalade was born about a year later