Lincoln Navigator is now only available by order
Its website now reads: “The 2022 Lincoln Navigator is available by custom order only. Some models, trims and features may not be available. Please contact your local Lincoln Dealer for updates and information. ‘aid.
Custom car ordering helps you get exactly the color and feature combination you want. But that can mean waiting months for your new vehicle to be built.
Blame the ongoing microchip shortage and Ford’s long-term strategic plan.
A worldwide shortage of microchips has prevented automakers from building cars fast enough to meet demand. High-tech models like the Navigator can have as many as 150 tiny processors. Chips being rare, Lincoln reduced the functionality of the large SUV.
2022 Navigator models leaving the factory today come without the optional Active Park Assist system. Instead, Lincoln is installing the sensors and hardware with the promise of adding the chips to enable it at a later date.
But it’s not just the flea crisis. Ford has long planned to move to a made-to-order model where buyers order the car they want before the automaker builds it, rather than the traditional model where buyers choose from a stock of cars at the dealership. The Navigator may just be ordering sooner than expected.
It joins many of Ford’s most successful new models in taking the catalog approach. The Ford Bronco, F-150 Lightning and Maverick small pickups are all available almost exclusively for pre-order.