Unlike the Navigator, the Escalade looks set to offer an optional engine (which of course will be the new 4.2L twin turbo V8). In the CT6 it debuted in, that engine does 550 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm and 627 lb-ft of torque @ 3,200 rpm. If it's numbers are anywhere close in the Escalade, it blows the Navigator's 3.5eb at 450 hp and 510 ft-lbs out of the water. Ford's decision to rely on the 3.5eb as the most potent powertrain in the corporate parts bin (outside of GT500 and truck engines) always seemed a bit short sighted to me. It was only a matter of time before the TT V8s hit the streets and now Ford has nothing to match it with (unless Ford is willing to use the GT500 mill or there is an aluminum DOHC version of the 7.x/godzilla in the works that hasn't leaked out yet). Plus, given the correct number of cylinders, the Caddy engine will actually sound like a luxury car instead of a fwd family sedan from the 90s.
The Keypad is something of a retro-fit, it looks like the old dealer-installed keypad for vehicles that didn't have the option available from the factory. I know they've had to patch the Ranger together for the US market and make it work as best they can without a major overhaul and that was one fairly obvious compromise they had to make.
In November I negotiated a good deal on a 2019 Nautilus with the wonderful (stand alone) East West Lincoln dealership in the Maryland 'burbs of DC. They then enrolled me with Lincoln in some promotional program and Lincoln sent me a $3.000 certificate I can use to further reduce my purchase price. My vehicle was supposed to have been built last week (I was able to get such an early build date because the dealer amended an existing lot order instead of putting in a spanking new one), and I'm hoping to get it before the end of the year. That huge promotion on a "new" (well, rebranded and refreshed) vehicle was a bit of a surprise, but a nice one.
I think those are two different markets. Someone who wants an early Bronco doesn't necessarily want all the modern amenities and the person who wants a new Bronco might not be happy with the rough edges of an EB. You could say the same thing about classic vs new Mustangs. There is still a market for both.
We keep hearing about insane deals that Lincoln Motor Company is making in order to move product and keep customers. They're spending a fortune to keep Lincoln going, at least until they can get enough new product in production and available to the public to see if Lincoln can be viable long term.