The Lincoln Navicross concept vehicle is a breakthrough all-conditions sport sedan that shatters the accepted car, crossover and sport utility vehicle paradigms. Designed to be visually striking, dynamically engaging and uniquely practical, Navicross creates an all new, yet unnamed industry niche. The Navicross design exercise is intended to further develop the Lincoln design DNA and to explore what a uniquely Lincoln crossover vehicle could look like, while testing consumer reaction to a potentially groundbreaking new luxury market sector.
Defining Navicross with traditional vehicle segment descriptions is difficult because it is designed neither as a sport coupe, sport sedan, nor a sport utility, yet serves many of the purposes of all three. The Navicross is based on a modified Lincoln LS platform and deploys a full-time all-wheel-drive system with an adaptive traction control system. The sedan has coupe looks with center opening B-pillarless rear doors.
Opening the doors reveals a ring frame made of high-strength composite materials, encircling the door opening to provide a visual cue to the integral strength and rigidity of the body structure. The door hinges are fully integrated into the frame, and move 90 degrees to provide maximum ease of vehicle ingress and egress. The interlocking center-opening doors provide integral side impact protection, and an integral rollover cage is designed into the vehicle supported by the door ring frame.
The Navicross' hard-shelled seats appear to float above the vehicle's hardwood finished floor with the aid of a lateral structure which slots into the doorsill and tunnel, giving the rear passengers increased foot space. The interior gives the impression of fantastic interior space, as well as providing innovative stowage solutions. The rear is outfitted with two individual seats with the option of the center section housing either a fifth passenger, a central armrest, a child seat, or an open space for more trunk-loading capacity. A sumptuous leather and hardwood lined trunk has various stowage options, including multi-functional attachment points for cargo.
Under the hood of the Navicross concept is a supercharged 32-valve 4.2-liter aluminium V-8. The engine powers a full-time all-wheel-drive system with adaptive traction control. The 5-speed automatic transmission has a manual sequential function, so a driver can manually shift through the gears by moving the shift lever up or down. The gearbox automatically senses driving style and road conditions for optimal gear shifting and performance.
Company press release, last updated before 12 / 01 / 2004
The best looking small car Lincoln has come out with in years. The proportions are compact and very European. Would do well even across the Atlantic if they ever built it. But what is with the name 'Navicross' ?! I mean isnt that already the name for a futuristic but in-production Isuzu 4x4? This name suited the Isuzu just fine but not a Lincoln! And please do away with the SUV-Cross hybrid concept. It's disgusting. Yes, the 4 wheel drive concept could go into production and give it an edge in the compact exeucutive class dominated by the 3 series and C class. But enough of the concept cross-over sh**t.
Oh yeah this is one of the coolest cars i've seen in a long time. The doors are a great adition to the car and give it a look that I think a lot more young people will like. So I am very glad to see that Lincoln who makes some of my favorite cars anyway is trying to get younger buyers. And get a new market going for them.
lincoln is a car constructor who produce luxury cars but now when most people are oriented to buy SUV's and the constructors need to build cars who satisfy people. I don't think that lincoln need to construct to SUV's