2015 Lincoln Navigator debuts with new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 23, 2014

Lincoln has finally introduced the all-new 2015 Navigator and as expected the car comes with a redesigned exterior, updated interior, more powerful engine and additional customer-focused technologies. Let’s start with the engines! Under the hood we find a new 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine rated at 370 hp and at least 430 lb-ft of torque, according to preliminary test data.

This new engine replaces the old 5.4-liter V8 and what’s more interesting is that it is expected to deliver best-in-class towing. Bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission with Lincoln’s SelectShift, the vehicle is available in both four-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive configurations.

As standard, the 2015 Navigator is offered with electric power-assisted steering, while the optional Lincoln Drive Control adds Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD), a suspension system that monitors multiple vehicle sensors and road conditions every two milliseconds and adjusts the suspension needs accordingly. 2015 Lincoln Navigator also offers driver-friendly Hill Start/Descent Assist.

Standard-equipped Navigators will continue to offer Nivomat, a load-leveling system that automatically raises a loaded rear end to optimum ride height for improved handling. In terms of design, the 2015 Lincoln Navigator offers a new interpretation of the classic vehicle featuring a new sleeker front end that includes a redesigned hood as well as a reimagined back with power up/down tailgate.

On both ends, the 2015 Navigator comes with light-emitting diode (LED) lights, as well as high-intensity discharge (HID) adaptive headlamps with LED accents. As standard, the 2015 Navigator comes with 20-inch machined aluminum wheels. Inside, we find a new Lincoln steering wheel which was recently introduced on the MKC premium small utility.

The Wollsdorf leather-wrapped, wood-trimmed wheel features a thicker grip and softer touch for a more dynamic driving experience. As an option, the 2015 Navigator offers the Reserve Package, introducing a new level of luxury to the interior.

The new Reserve Package consists of a a hand-wrapped, leather instrument panel with contrast stitching and leather glove box door, ultra-luxurious leather to all three rows of seats, as well as to the armrests, center console and transmission shifter and Premium Ziricote wood trim a.k.a. a luxurious natural-grain wood new to the automotive industry, most commonly used as an accent in yachts.

Reserve Package vehicles are equipped with 22-inch, polished aluminum wheels. The latest SYNC with MyLincoln Touch is also available as standard.  The system includes 4.2-inch LCD displays in the instrument cluster, an 8-inch touch screen in the center stack and traditional knob controls for easy operation. [source: Lincoln]

Press Release

Lincoln Motor Company Introduces New Level of Power and Beauty on Luxurious Navigator

The Lincoln Motor Company introduced the new 2015 Navigator, offering a fresh interpretation of a classic vehicle that has long defined the full-size luxury sport utility segment.

At the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, the public will get its first look at a new Lincoln Navigator that takes on a changed presence for the 2015 model year. Exterior design changes are accentuated by the reintroduction of Lincoln's iconic split-wing grille. Interior enhancements include luxurious leather and additional customer-focused technologies. The more refined appearance complements enhanced power and hauling capabilities that Navigator customers demand.

The sleeker front end includes a newly designed hood, and the reimagined back end features a power up/down tailgate. On both ends, the vehicle wears jewel-like light-emitting diode (LED) lights, as well as high-intensity discharge (HID) adaptive headlamps with LED accents.

"We knew what our customers wanted," said Elaine Bannon, chief engineer of the 2015 Navigator. "Navigator has always had great features, and we were able to keep those things. I'm proud that we were able to give our customers so much more."

Lincoln Navigator comes standard with 20-inch, machined aluminum wheels, while Reserve Package vehicles are equipped with 22-inch, polished aluminum wheels. Reserve Package Navigators also offer optional chrome-accented running boards.

As with current-generation models, the 2015 Lincoln Navigator will be available in standard-length (207.4 inches) and extended-length (222.3 inches) versions.

Luxuriously appointed interior

Navigator has long been synonymous with large-scale luxury. On the 2015 Navigator, the Reserve Package introduces a new level of luxury to the vehicle's interior, providing customers with:

An updated cabin that extends ultra-luxurious leather to all three rows of seats, as well as to the armrests, center console and transmission shifter
A hand-wrapped, leather instrument panel with contrast stitching and leather glove box door
Premium Ziricote wood trim, a luxurious natural-grain wood new to the automotive industry, most commonly used as an accent in yachts
Lincoln Navigator comes standard with the new Lincoln steering wheel, introduced on the recently revealed MKC premium small utility. The Wollsdorf leather-wrapped, wood-trimmed wheel features a thicker grip and softer touch for a more dynamic driving experience.

Designed to seat up to eight people, Navigator offers buyers second-row options that include two captain's chairs, with or without a center console, or a fold-flat bench. Due in part to Lincoln Navigator's patented independent rear suspension, which allows for true fold-flat, PowerFold® third-row seats, extended-length and standard wheelbase models are projected to deliver segment-leading cargo volume.

Extended-length models provide 128.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row, 86.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, and 42.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row; standard wheelbase models deliver 103.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row, 54.4 cubic feet behind the second row, and 18.1 cubic feet behind the third row.

"We have this iconic vehicle with untapped potential," Bannon said. "Now it's got more of what our customers want. It's got the new Lincoln design DNA on the exterior, a redesigned instrument panel, a leather Reserve Package, 22-inch wheels. Once we were able to include all of those elements, I knew we had a winner."

A smoother, more powerful ride

Replacing the 5.4-liter V8 that has powered Navigator for years is a more powerful and fuel-efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine.

The twin turbocharged, direct injection engine is projected to deliver at least 370 horsepower and 430 lb.-ft. of torque, according to preliminary test data. Final numbers will be available closer to production. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost is also projected to deliver best-in-class towing.

Lincoln Navigator features a six-speed automatic transmission with Lincoln's SelectShift, which allows the driver to manually control gears if desired. The vehicle is available in both four-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive configurations. The available Control Trac Four-Wheel-Drive system enhances traction on slippery surfaces, helps improve handling on dry roads and enables off-road capability.

Helping make this the best-handling Lincoln Navigator ever is the addition of standard electric power-assisted steering. This allows for more consistent and precise control of the vehicle through a range of speeds while simultaneously making it easier to maneuver at low speeds, and in particular making it easier to park.

The Lincoln Drive Control option adds Lincoln's Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD), a suspension system that monitors multiple vehicle sensors and road conditions every two milliseconds and adjusts the suspension needs accordingly. CCD also provides a smoother and improved ride - best-ever for Navigator - and allows the driver to customize the ride of the vehicle by selecting one of three different control modes: Normal, Sport and Comfort.

Lincoln Navigator also offers driver-friendly Hill Start/Descent Assist. When parked on a hill with a grade of five degrees or more, the vehicle remains stationary for up to two seconds after the driver releases the brake pedal.

Standard-equipped Navigators will continue to offer Nivomat®, a load-leveling system that automatically raises a loaded rear end to optimum ride height for improved handling. The mechanical leveling system helps reduce uneven wear on front and rear tires and helps maintain better vehicle aerodynamics.

Technology-based luxury

Illuminated "welcome mats" beneath both front doors greet Lincoln Navigator owners when they press the "unlock" button on the key fob.

A passive entry system allows owners to enter without using a key. The system senses when the key fob is in range of the door and allows for keyless access via a door-mounted button. Inside, a push-button start allows for keyless engine ignition.

The latest SYNC® with MyLincoln Touch™ driver connectivity system is standard. The system allows drivers to use voice-activated or touch screen controls to make phone calls, play music, use the navigation system or set cabin temperature controls. The system includes 4.2-inch LCD displays in the instrument cluster, an 8-inch touch screen in the center stack and traditional knob controls for easy operation.

The available Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) signals when another vehicle is detected in an adjacent lane behind either rear wheel. Standard for 2015, Navigator also introduces a new rearview camera, which displays a color image on the 8-inch touch screen for help when driving in reverse.

Rebirth of an icon

Lincoln Navigator was wildly popular the moment it hit the streets in the late 1990s, and spent more than a decade as one of the top-selling vehicles in the segment. Featuring seating for up to eight passengers, luxury cues typically reserved for sedans and cargo space and towing capacity to haul virtually anything, Navigator set the full-size luxury SUV standard.

It was an immediate success, accounting for 41 percent of in-segment sales by the 2000 model year. Aiming to recapture that glory, the 2015 Navigator offers nearly two dozen upgrades from the current generation.

"Navigator has retained some of the most loyal following in the segment for more than a decade," said Jim Farley, executive vice president, Ford global marketing, sales and service and Lincoln. "Among Lincoln owners, more than 70 percent have been return customers - purchasing the vehicle for its power, for its beauty and for its capability, and this new Navigator gives them more on all three fronts."

Production of the 2015 Lincoln Navigator is scheduled to begin in late summer 2014 at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Ky., and vehicles are due in Lincoln showrooms in early fall 2014.

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