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Lincoln makes Black Label Special Edition Package available on 2021 Navigator

The 2021 Lincoln Navigator Black Label Special Edition Package will go on sale this spring.

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Luxury vehicles are offering increasing amounts of customization and personalization. This includes not just bespoke automakers like Rolls-Royce, but also more mainstream luxury automakers like Mercedes-Benz and Audi. These efforts have paid off already for Lincoln, which has 20 percent of its buyers opt for a high-end Black Label vehicle.

Lincoln is adding a new personalization package to the 2021 Navigator, the Black Label Special Edition Package, giving buyers access to a bevy of black accents for their model. Vehicles with darkened accents tend to attract younger buyers. Automakers including Nissan, Chevrolet, GMC, and Ram have used various black packages to attract customers, with success.

2021 Lincoln Navigator Black Label Special Edition Package

2021 Lincoln Navigator Black Label Special Edition Package

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The 2021 Lincoln Navigator is the first vehicle in the company's lineup to receive the option. It builds on the Lincoln Black Label level of ownership experience and previously offered Reserve Monochromatic Package, and adds new monochromatic-inspired features.

The new Black Label Special Edition Package includes a painted black roof, black mesh grille, 22-inch 12-spoke black aluminum wheels, black sideview mirror caps, and a black spoiler.

"The unique black roof coupled with additional monochromatic elements emphasize the strong lines of the Navigator, giving it an even more dramatic look and greater presence on the road," said Earl Lucas, Lincoln exterior chief designer. "Black is a great partner to almost any color, providing a brighter appearance and more contrast – this makes Navigator really stand out."

Buyers who want the package can option their Navigator with a Pristine White, Chroma Crystal Blue, Silver Radiance, Chroma Molten Gold, Burgundy Velvet, or Flight Blue paint job. Flight Blue is a new color for the 2021 model year.

The package will be available on 2021 models next spring. Pricing has yet to be announced for the model plus the package, but it is expected to exceed $100,000.

The 2021 Lincoln Navigator Black Label starts at $98,125. Each Navigator Black Label is built to order and takes six to eight weeks to be delivered to a dealership.

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The 2023 Crosstrek starts at $23,645.

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Subaru is one of the best at listening to its customers' needs, and the Crosstrek is a great example of that mindset. It's a useful vehicle with plenty of interior space and enough ground clearance to take its passengers well of the beaten path. Today, Subaru announced pricing for the 2023 Crosstrek and Crosstrek Hybrid. The duo will go on sale this summer.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek's cabin is adventure-ready and packed with great tech. Subaru

The standard Crosstrek starts at $23,645 before destination and the Crosstrek Hybrid starts at $36,845. Five trims are available for the standard model, including Base, Premium, a new Special Edition, Sport, and Limited. The Hybrid comes in a single trim level. All Crosstrek variants get all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring and 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

The Base, Premium, and Special Edition trims come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower. The Sport and Limited trims get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 182 horsepower. Most models come with a continuously variable transmission, but the Base and Premium trims come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. The Crosstrek Hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with two electric motors. The plug-in system can deliver 17 miles of electric range.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek delivers 8.7 inches of ground clearance.Subaru

True to Subaru form, the Crosstrek comes with a full suite of advanced driver aids, including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure alerts, adaptive cruise, and more. These features are only available for CVT-equipped models. The Limited trim and the Crosstrek Hybrid add automatic high beams, reverse automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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