Place: Chicago. Date: February of 2006. Lincoln rolls the restyled Navigator onto the stage at McCormick Place convention center and immediately offends the retinas of the assembled press. We harped on the new Navi's "cheese grater" grille and reminded people to "bring a block of tasty parmigiano reggiano to scrape across" it if they visited a local Lincoln dealer. We also detailed the reasons why the updated Navigator could still duke it out with the hot new Cadillac Escalade, and after a week of living with this rather impressive full-size luxury suv, we've validated our assumptions. This is a compelling blend of luxury and utility wrapped in over-the-top packaging.