2013 Lincoln Navigator and Navigator L Preview

Jeff Youngs | Mar 04, 2013
FAST FACTS
  • Integrated trailer brake controller included with trailer tow package
  • New colors include Midnight Sapphire, Kodiak Brown, and Ruby Red
  • New chrome-clad wheels added as option
  • Internal shift control module adds versatility to transmission
  • Possibly last Navigator of current generation, with new platform anticipated for 2014

Introduction

The Lincoln Navigator is a full-size luxury SUV built by Ford's luxury division, Lincoln. It shares a platform and mechanical setup with the Ford Expedition. Like the Expedition, it is also offered in a longer-wheelbase version--the Navigator L. The Navigator and the Expedition are Ford's largest truck-based SUV, and they share a platform and design with the Ford F-150 pickup truck. The Navigator adds luxury to a rugged, heavy-duty vehicle, but has just slightly less cargo space than the Expedition. Its main competitors are the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, the Denali version of the GMC Yukon, and the Cadillac Escalade. This may be the last year for the current platform, and a new one is likely to be introduced for the 2014 model year. Properly equipped, the Navigator can tow up to 9,000 lbs., with a maximum payload of 1,620 lbs. The Navigator seats 7 occupants, with seating for 8 optional. The Navigator and the Navigator L are the only Lincolns available with 4-wheel drive. Rear-wheel drive is standard; the 4wheel drive models feature low-range gearing.

Exterior Features

Colors include white, black, silver, grey, Autumn Red, Ruby Red, Kodiak Brown, Blue Jeans, and Green Gem. The Navigator has a 119-in. wheelbase; the Navigator L's is 131 in. Wheels are available in various designs, ranging from 18 to 20 in. in size. Standard features include dual power-folding heated mirrors with security approach lamps, integrated blind spot mirrors and driver-side auto-dimming feature, color-keyed side cladding with chrome accents, color-keyed upper and lower bumper fascias, tow hooks integrated into front bumper, frame-mount hitch with cover integrated into rear bumper fascia, HID headlights, fog lights, privacy glass in rear rows and liftgate, and power running boards and liftgate. Equipment Group 101A includes an upper chrome grille, body-color lower side cladding with chrome lettering, body-colored lower grille and hood accent, and upgraded mirrors.
    

Interior Features

Standard features include heated and cooled premium leather 10-way power front seats; second-row heated, premium leather-trimmed bucket seats; second-row floor console with covered storage, padded armrest 2 two cup holders; PowerFold third-row bench seats, voice-activated Navigation System with Integrated SirusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link and HD Radio; THX II Certified 5.1 surround-sound audio system; SYNC with SYNC AppLink; SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 6-month subscription; SecuriCode keyless entry keypad on driver's door; scuff plates and carpet at each opening; soft door trim panels with real wood appliqués; assist handles in first row, second row, and liftgate; and much more. Equipment Group 101A adds Canyon-color premium leather-trimmed seats with black piping, stitched Lincoln logo on head restraints, black carpet and floor mats, and olive ashwood trim. With rear seats folded, a total of 103.3 cu. ft. of space is available in the 2013 Navigator. The Navigator L provides a maximum 128.2 cu. ft. of cargo space.

Optional Features

Stand-alone options include chrome hood accent, all-weather floormats, power moonroof, second-row bench seating, upgraded wheels, front license plate bracket, and more. With standard bucket seats in the second row, the center console may be deleted. The Monochrome Appearance Package includes a chrome upper grille, lower body-color side cladding with chrome lettering, body-color lower grille and exterior mirror caps. The Heavy Duty Trailer Tow Package includes rear load-leveling air suspension, 4-pin and 7-pin wiring harness, heavy-duty flasher, heavy-duty hitch with 2-inch receiver integrated with rear bumper, heavy-duty radiator, heavy-duty transmission cooler, brake module wiring. Upgrades the Lincoln Navigator 4x2 maximum tow capacity to 9,000-lbs when properly equipped.

Under the Hood

The Navigator's standard engine is a 5.4-liter V-8 flex-fuel model delivering 320 horsepower, that produces 365 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard.

Fuel Economy

Fuel-economy figures for the 2013 Lincoln Navigator are 14 mpg in the city, 20 mpg highway, 16 mpg combined for rear-wheel drive models as rated by the EPA. Mileage for 4-wheel-drive models is 13/18/15 (city/highway/combined).

Safety

Standard safety features include AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, front-seat mounted side airbags, Safety Canopy System with 3-row side-curtain air bags and rollover sensor, MyKey, illuminated entry activated by key fob, tire pressure monitoring system, side-impact door beams, trailer sway control, and much more. In impact tests, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the Navigator and Navigator L received an overall rating of 4 stars (out of 5 stars): 4 stars for frontal crash protection, 5 stars for side impact crash protection, and three stars for rollover crash protection.

Technology

The Control Trac 4-wheel drive system allows the Lincoln Navigator to be operated in "two high" rear-wheel drive, conventional "four high" or "four low" for off-road conditions only, or all-wheel drive, in which all of the engine's torque goes to the rear wheels unless traction loss is anticipated or detected--in which case as much as 100 percent of torque can go to the front wheels. The Navigator also offers an optional voice-activated Navigation System with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link that includes traffic updates and the latest local fuel prices. Outside mirrors feature a convex spotter to provide blind spot alerts.

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