2015 Navigator seen as a bonus for Lincoln dealers

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 28, 2014

The oldest remaining nameplate at Lincoln is getting a new look. Lincoln has re-engineered the Navigator for the 2015 model. It will start building the Navigator in late summer and will begin to sell in early fall. Lincoln launched its reinvention plan in 2012, and brand executives promised four new vehicles by the end of 2016.

The carmaker has already unveiled two: the already available MKZ sedan and the MKC crossover due in the second quarter. Lincoln will launch a new vehicle in 2015 and another in 2016. Andrew Frick, group marketing manager of Lincoln, remarked that the 2015 Navigator is among the four new vehicles, which means it would be a bonus for Lincoln dealers who have craving for more offerings.

"This large utility, where we've been playing for so long, is a good place for us to invest," Frick said during the media unveiling. The Navigator features the latest version of Lincoln's split-wing grille design that was introduced in 2013 on the MKZ. The redesigned rear end now features LED taillights that extend its width, which is another signature element of the brand’s new design language.

Its center console will feature the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system. It will now be powered by Ford's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, which provides more horsepower than the outgoing V-8 (370 hp vs 310 hp) and more torque (430 pounds-feet vs 365 pounds-feet).

The numbers will remain as projections until the EPA testing. According to Elaine Bannon, chief engineer of the Navigator, the vehicle boasts of best-in-class towing capability at 9,000 pounds. The Lincoln Navigator will still be available in long- and short-wheelbase versions (222.3 inches and 207.4 inches).

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