2016 Lincoln Navigator will be available only with a V6 EcoBoost engine

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 14, 2013

The Lincoln Navigator SUV will continue to be available after the brand shakeup but this time, the new model will make use of EcoBoost V-6 power instead of the V-8, global Lincoln director Matt VanDyke confirmed to Motor Trend. However, the mechanically related Ford Expedition will still be offered with the V-8.

It’s expected that the next-generation Lincoln Navigator will get Ford’s 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6, with an output of 365 hp and 410 lb-ft. This is a considerable improvement over the present truck model’s 310 hp and 365 lb-ft. For now, the Navigator has the same weight as F-150, so it’s likely to also offer a zero to 60-mph acceleration time of about 6.5 seconds.

Its fuel efficiency is expected to slightly improve too. If the next Navigator weighs less, both aspects could still improve further. VanDyke said that Lincoln is going all-EcoBoost, so a V-8 is doubtful. It’s possible that Ford’s 302-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 and its 278 lb-ft of torque would be used as the base engine. For January and February 2013, sales of the Lincoln Navigator sales have fallen by 17.8%, to 1211 units.

It’s better than the 922 units sold of the MKT but it’s inferior to the MKX’s sales of 3712 units. The new 5.0-liter V-8 used in the next-generation Ford Expedition can deliver 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. It’s likely to appeal to buyers who like to have V-8 power.

Furthermore, the Expedition could be offered with the base 3.7-liter V-6 and the twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6, which may be reserved for Lincoln. A refreshed Lincoln Navigator would be welcome as more entries (including Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Infiniti QX56, and the redesigned Cadillac Escalade) will be competing for the attention of potential full-size luxury SUV customers.

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