Driven: The 2022 Lincoln Navigator

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The stately Lincoln Navigator receives a few exterior design tweaks, but it is the interior where the mid-cycle revamp is most keenly felt. Laura Burstein gets behind the wheel

On the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona, we are ticking off miles in the 2022 Lincoln Navigator. As we drive further north, the rows of suburban strip malls transform into swaths of beige nothingness, save for the multi-armed saguaro cacti rising up from the sand like a scene out of a Western movie.

The behemoth American SUV at our command has been refreshed for 2022, with subtle changes on the exterior and significant improvements to the HMI and new interior themes. In addition, the new Navi gets ActivGlide, the fancy name for the advanced driver assist suite also known as Ford’s BlueCruise, which combines adaptive cruise control, lane centering, and speed sign recognition along with true hands-free driving on certain pre-mapped roads in the U.S. “It was really about elevating the level of the technology experience,”Lincoln interior design chief Ryan Niemiec told me as we sat in the cockpit.

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