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2015 Lincoln Navigator is Restyled, Equipped with EcoBoost Power

2015 Lincoln Navigator is Restyled, Equipped with EcoBoost Power

By Jeff Youngs, January 24, 2014
In advance of its public debut at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Lincoln has released details about the new 2015 Navigator, its full-size, 8-passenger luxury SUV. When the restyled Navigator goes on sale during the second half of 2014, it will compete against a completely redesigned 2015 Cadillac Escalade in addition to luxury SUVs from BMW, Infiniti, Land Rover, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz.

Wearing Lincoln's split-wing grille design, the 2015 Navigator is equipped with new adaptive HID headlights, LED running lights, and LED taillights. The rear end is restyled, and Lincoln sheds the Navigator's chrome lower door appliques while adding machined-face 20-inch aluminum wheels as standard equipment. Lincoln will continue to offer the Navigator in regular- and extended-length (Navigator L) styles.

Inside, the new 2015 Navigator looks familiar, but features revised instrumentation and a new steering wheel wrapped in leather and wood. Leather is standard, along with heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second-row captain's chairs. A center console can be installed between the captain's chairs, or Navigator buyers can choose a 3-passenger bench seat. Depending on the body style and the number of passengers aboard, the 2015 Navigator carries between 18.1 cu. ft. and 128.2 cu. ft. of cargo.

A next-generation MyLincoln Touch infotainment system is standard for the updated 2015 Navigator and includes familiar knobs and buttons for controlling the stereo and climate control systems. Lincoln also installs a passive keyless entry system with push-button engine starting as well as a reversing camera as standard equipment, and Navigator buyers can opt for a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system and a blind-spot information system.

Another new option for the 2015 Navigator is the Reserve package. Models with this upgrade are equipped with polished 22-inch aluminum wheels, and the interior is covered with premium leather for the seats, armrests, center console, dashboard, and even the glove box door. The Reserve package also includes special Ziricote open-pore wood trim, a power sunroof, and chrome-accented running boards to assist entry and exit.

Perhaps the most significant change to the 2015 Lincoln Navigator sits under the SUV's hood. The old 5.4-liter V-8 engine is gone, replaced by a twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter, EcoBoost V-6 engine. Lincoln estimates that the EcoBoost engine will deliver 370 horsepower and 430 lb.-ft. of torque, and that the new 2015 Navigator will prove quicker, more fuel-efficient, and more capable of towing and hauling weight than the old Navigator. Final power figures will be available closer to the SUV's official on-sale date.

The EcoBoost V-6 powers the Navigator's rear wheels, and the SUV continues to offer a Control Trac 4-wheel-drive system. An optional Lincoln Drive Control system includes a Continuously Controlled Damping suspension as well as Comfort, Normal, and Sport driving modes.

Lincoln expects the revamped 2015 Navigator to arrive in dealer showrooms in early fall of 2014. Prices and additional specifications will be available at that time.

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