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]