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2015 Lincoln Navigator Restyled, Shifts to EcoBoost Power

Just the Facts:
  • Ford's premium division will unveil the 2015 Lincoln Navigator at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show early next month.
  • Revised front and rear styling, an updated interior and a move away from trucky V8 power are highlights for the 2015 Navigator.
  • The 2015 Lincoln Navigator will be in dealer showrooms early next fall.

DETROIT — In advance of its debut at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show early next month, Ford's premium division unveiled to the media its restyled and revised 2015 Lincoln Navigator full-size SUV, which is scheduled to be in dealerships early next fall.

New styling at the front reshapes and smooths some of the current Navigator's bluntness, and incorporates Lincoln's split-wing grille — although the Navigator's execution seems less exaggerated than does that of the new Lincoln MKZ midsize sedan.

The 2015 Lincoln Navigator's hind portions are subtly redefined, highlighted by a full-width LED taillight design and new exhaust tips. There is a power tailgate, although Lincoln did not incorporate Ford's pioneering foot-motion sensor to open the new Navigator's hatch.

Standard wheel size for the 2015 Navigator now will be 20 inches, with 22-inch alloys available in a new Reserve package that also includes premium Trevino leather and a two-tone interior color motif.

A major shift comes under the hood, where despite being in a class in which many customers might expect V8 power, Lincoln decided to do away with the Navigator's former 5.4-liter V8 in favor of Ford's popular EcoBoost turbocharged 3.5-liter V6.

Chief Engineer Elaine Bannon said buyers will experience full "win-win" in the switch from V8 to V6 power. The EcoBoost engine will generate at least 370 horsepower, compared to the relatively mellow 310 hp coming from today's 5.4-liter V8. Torque also will be substantially upgraded from the current V8's 365 pound-feet to "at least" 430 lb-ft with the new Navigator's EcoBoost V6.

Backed by a standard six-speed automatic transmission, Lincoln also is promising the EcoBoost V6 will deliver a meaningful fuel economy gain over the combined 16 mpg (14 mpg city/20 mpg highway) the current rear-wheel-drive Navigator achieves and the combined 15 mpg (13 city/18 highway) for four-wheel-drive Navigators.

The 2015 Lincoln Navigator's restyling leaves major dimensions unchanged, and the revised Navigator will continue to be offered in standard and long-wheelbase variants. Both the long-wheelbase model — 15 inches longer than the standard-wheelbase Navigator — and the standard-length 2015 Navigator come with seating for seven, with an optional second-row bench seat to increase total occupant capacity to eight.

Despite this year's launch of General Motors' fully redesigned 2015 Chevrolet Suburban and 2015 GMC Yukon full-size SUVs — or, more directly, Cadillac's 2015 Escalade — Lincoln said the 2015 Navigator will retain its best-in-class accommodations in several key metrics, including total cargo capacity and storage space behind both second and third-row seats.

Lincoln engineers also are quick to point out that thanks to the Navigator's independent rear suspension, its third-row seating section folds completely flat when maximum cargo capacity is required. GM's new full-size SUVs do not offer the same flat-floor feature.

Inside, the 2015 Navigator has a completely redesigned instrument panel, hand-wrapped in leather. The latest MyLincoln Touch infotainment interface features a return to large rotary knobs for volume and tuning control.

Edmunds says: Larger families and those with towing needs will be gratified this year to have their pick among several redesigned full-size SUVs, including the 2015 Lincoln Navigator.


  • Just, no. Just, I can't. It's just so, just, I can't....

  • For some reason Lincoln (Ford) seem to havē a problem nailing down a good design for the Navigator. With it looking like this, I don't care how good the hardware is, it's not going to sell alot.

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    I like the design alot, but the Navigator's powertrain continues to have its breakfast, lunch, and dinner eaten by the Escalade. The EB engine is fine for the Explorer, but why in the world does Ford not fit the Coyote 5.0 in the Navigator to compete with the Escalade's 400hp LS engine?

  • vwpassatw8 vwpassatw8 Posts:

    I have to agree with bankerdanny on this one. They should at least offer the 5.0 as an option, or as a higher end model.

  • rayzor rayzor Posts:

    This is just a refresh, I suppose not a total redesign. So can't expect too much changes. The looks is growing on me. It's different, in a nice way. Ford is going the way of small displacement, turbo charged engines; I'm ok with that so long as they have similar or more power, better efficiency and durability than a normally aspirated engine, to make them worth while...The interior is ok, nothing fancy which could be a problem in the luxury SUV segment.

  • kokomojoe kokomojoe Posts:

    The grill is still ugly. the body is the same as it's been for over 10 years. It looks like a Ford nothing about it says Lincoln or Luxury. Ford needs to get serious about Lincoln styling if they really want it to be a luxury brand as is it does not even measure up to the Mercury brand it seems to have replaced.

  • robs249_ robs249_ Posts:

    Its nice, they fixed the brace face look. But, the actual shape of the front, side and back have been exactly the same since 2002. They need a full redesign already...and where is the Expedition?

  • smalikov smalikov Posts:

    Why are the designers there always one step behind?. This is a problem with management, after all someone up top sat down, looked at this at said, " yep, that looks good ".

  • jeffinoh jeffinoh Posts:

    I think they nailed it. The overall shape of the body had good proportions already. The new face makes more sense than the burglar bars of the previous version. Ultimately this a conservative group of buyers so the more discreet look just might pay off.

  • mitt_zombie mitt_zombie Posts:

    What is it with Ford and cheap looking black plastic center console stacks, that looks pathetic!

  • nighthawk82 nighthawk82 Posts:

    Looks exactly like the Expedition....

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