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The Best Car of 2018 Is Getting a Fresh Look for 2020


December 26, 2019 Cars By
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The third-generation Lincoln Navigator was a much-needed win for Ford’s luxury division. Boasting an unabashedly bold look, a mighty twin-turbo V6 engine and interior trappings worthy of being cross-shopped against Mercedes-Benz and Audi, it proceeded to pick up our award for the Best Car of 2018.

Given such a big year right out of the gate, nobody could blame the Navigator for taking it easy for the subsequent model year. But the automotive world demands constant change, so the 2020 versions of Lincoln’s biggest SUV are adding some fresh style to the mix in the form of three new Monochromatic Packages.

The three packs — Pristine White, Infinite Black and Ceramic Pearl — are each designed to bring a single-hued theme to the exterior of the brute, in order to make the Navigator’s bold lines pop a little more. (We’re partial to the black-on-black one, but to each their own.) Pricing wasn’t announced, but as the packages will only be offered on the penultimate Navigator Reserve trim that currently starts at $85,205, you can probably plan on spending at least $90,000 to climb into one of those classy new Navis.

The monochromatic trims aren’t the only thing being added to the lineup for the new model year. In addition, the 2020 Navigator picks up a few handy tech features for a blast of extra usability. “Phone As a Key,” which debuts on the new Lincoln Aviator and allows owners to, well, use their smartphone in lieu of a traditional key, will be standard; heated and ventilated front seats, power running boards, and a wireless phone charger will also come gratis. And the Lincoln Co-Pilot360 package of driver-assistance tech that includes blind spot detection, cross-traffic alert, automatic lane-keeping, automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection will also be on the table. Look for the 2020 model to hit showrooms in November.

Will Sabel Courtney

Will Sabel Courtney is Gear Patrol’s Motoring Editor, formerly of The Drive and RIDES Magazine. You can often find him test-driving new cars in New York City, cursing the slow-moving traffic surrounding him.

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