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Lincoln debuts 2018 Navigator with support for Apple CarPlay

Ford-owned Lincoln on Wednesday revealed the 2018 Navigator, which will support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto through Ford's SYNC 3 interface.




Drivers will be able to control both platforms from a large dash-mounted touchscreen, Lincoln said. Wi-Fi will come standard on the luxury SUV, and options packages will include things like wireless charging, plus a rear-seat entertainment system with 10-inch screens.

On equipped vehicles, rear passengers will be able to watch videos via HDMI, USB, SD card, or less direct methods such as Slingbox or a wireless Android device. Yet another alternative, SYNC AppLink, will let people in the front seats dictate video.

Lincoln didn't offer any other details on CarPlay integration, such as wireless compatibility. While CarPlay technically allows for wireless connections, real-world support is still exceedingly rare.




Similarly the automaker has yet to announce pricing, or even when the SUV will become available.

Lincoln already supports CarPlay on seven 2017 models, namely the Navigator, Continental, MKC, MKS, MKT, MKX, and MKZ. That pales in comparison with its parent company, which offers the platform on 15 models, among them affordable vehicles like the Fiesta.