The Lincoln Navigator is charting a slightly different course for 2015.
The full-size luxury SUV has been given a fresh face with its own take on the brand’s signature split-wing grille, along with a new engine to breathe through it.
Replacing the 5.4-liter V8 in the current Navigator is a version of the 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 used in the Lincoln MKS and MKT, with at least 370-horses and 430 lb-ft of torque.
Fuel economy ratings have not been revealed, but long and short wheelbase versions will still be available and Lincoln is promising best-in-class towing capability.
The Navigator will also offer for the first time the brand’s Continuously Controlled Damping active suspension, electric power steering and MyLincoln Touch infotainment system.
The redesigned interior features optional leather seating all around and upgraded trim materials, including Ziricote wood.
Unlike the Ford F-150 it’s related to, which is getting a radical overhaul with aluminum bodywork for 2015, the changes to the Navigator represent more of a late mid-cycle update for a model that’s been largely unchanged since the third-generation truck was revealed at the Chicago Auto Show in 2006.
The 2015 Navigator will be in showrooms this fall. As with the Escalade it competes against, it remains the only vehicle in the Lincoln lineup with an actual name, rather than a three-letter designation.
Prices will be announced at a later date. Perhaps the best news of this story is that if the Ecoboost is going in the Navigator, it can’t be far behind in the Expedition.