Lincoln Navigator, comes with minor exterior changes but importantly has a new engine

2015-04-22 08:01:56
Lincoln Navigator, comes with minor exterior changes but importantly has a new engine
Lincoln Navigator, comes with minor exterior changes but importantly has a new engine

Ford has pledged to develop the Lincoln by allotting $2billion to this effect for the past years and has also promised that it will be investing at the rate of $1 billion each for the next five years. However the Navigator SUV of full-size won’t be benefited from half measures as it will need full replacement to make any substantial presence. 

 It will need to be built on the new F-150 platform and refurbished with aluminum body panels before it arrives in 2017. This is a decade after the present generation arrived in 2007 accompanied by the new Cadillac Escalade. This main rival of Navigator was refreshed by GM so some money was spent on the Navigator to revamp it for 2015. For the exterior the changes come from the nose and the tail. Horizontal bars like that you in other Lincolns have been implanted in the grille, though it looks remote, and a plethora of LED lights slathering all over the body offers a sense of contemporariness to the vehicle. The overall effects of the refresh match the description of fresh button on old bread.

Upgrade in the cabin is better, and it is welcome move that the primary controllers like volume control, climate control adjusts, and tuning is rendered with actual knobs and buttons. Most important, the Navigator at last has been given improvement in Powerplant and suspension department, which should have happened way back in 2012.

 Since 2007 we had not laid our hands on a Navigator when it just falls in to the line in a five-way contest. It was the only one at that time which required more than 8.0 seconds to grab the 0-60mph mark which was one of the primary short comings among others. The 5.4 Liter V-8 engine is now being replaced with a 3.5 Liter V-6 EcoBoost engine for the 2015, and the horsepower also jumps to 380hp from the earlier 310. Similarly there is a torque increase that now stands at 460 lb-ft compared to the 365, which works out to be the same torque that of the Escalade but there is a drop of 40 horses in the power department. The new engine shaves off at least 2 seconds from the old timing and it needs just 6.2 seconds now, behind the Escalade by a tenth.   At 93mph the quarter mile is cracked in 14.9 seconds which also trails behind the Caddy by a bit, but certainly better show than the old V-8 which managed 16.3 @86mph speed. The V-6 with its boosters is not lagging behind the V8 in terms of towing capacity and   retains 9000 lbs max and four-wheel-drive models like this are rated with 8600 pounds for towing.

Available in 4-door wagon body style and 7-passenger seating capacity this four-wheel-drive vehicle is offered with front-engine layout. The base price of the Navigator is $66,050 and the tested vehicle cost $74,390. The Lincoln Navigator is able to work up a top speed of 113 mph and it stops at 182 feet after braking stop from 70-0mph. Fuel economy is rated at 15/20mpg by EPA for city and highway and we observed 15mpg in mixed driving.

Lincoln models:

Lincoln MKS
Lincoln Aviator
Lincoln LS
Lincoln Mark LT
Lincoln MKC
Lincoln Zephyr
Lincoln Navigator
Lincoln Mark VII
Lincoln Blackwood
Lincoln Mark VIII
Lincoln MKT
Lincoln Continental
Lincoln MKX
Lincoln Navigator L
Lincoln Town Car
Lincoln MKZ
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid