Wraps are off 2015 Lincoln Navigator

2015 Lincoln Navigator

2015 Lincoln Navigator

BY GERRY MILES

Apparently, rumors of its demise were greatly exaggerated.

Lincoln, Ford Motor Company’s luxo brand, and its landlocked leviathan SUV Navigator live another day.
After friend and colleague Clifford Atiyeh tweeted pics of the grill under a wrap the other day social media blew up with pics and diverse opinions on the luxo land yacht.
Today, Lincoln released the details and pics of the revised luxury SUV  that sports a  redesigned exterior, updated interior, more powerful engine,  customer-focused technologies and appointments. Besides the ecoBoost engine, it will come in a standard length (207.4″) and extended (222.3″) or L version, similar to the new Cadillac Escalade. Navigator will be officially revealed at the Chicago Auto Show Feb. 6.
Chief among them will be:
  • A new 3.5-liter, t370 hp, twin-turbocharged EcoBoost® engine
  • optional Lincoln Drive Control with Continuously Controlled Damping
  • electric power-assisted steering for improved and quicker steering input and reaction
  • puddle lamps that create a “welcome mat” below both front doors,
  • optional Reserve Package includes 22-inch wheels and ultra-luxurious leather with premium Ziricote wood trim
Navigator comes standard with 20-inch, machined aluminum wheels, while Reserve Package vehicles are equipped with 22-inch, polished aluminum wheels. Reserve Package Navigators also offer optional chrome-accented running boards.
The new split wing grille is polarizing to say the least and harkens comments comparing it to the Infiniti QX 56 behemoth.
Navigator interior

Navigator interior

Luxuriously appointed interior
Navigator has long been synonymous with large-scale luxury. On the 2015 Navigator, the Reserve Package introduces a new level of luxury to the vehicle’s interior, providing customers with:

  • An updated cabin that extends ultra-luxurious leather to all three rows of seats, as well as to the armrests, center console and transmission shifter
  • A hand-wrapped, leather instrument panel with contrast stitching and leather glove box door
  • Premium Ziricote wood trim, a luxurious natural-grain wood new to the automotive industry, most commonly used as an accent in yachts

Designed to seat up to eight people, Navigator offers buyers second-row options that include two captain’s chairs, with or without a center console, or a fold-flat bench.  PowerFold® third-row seats, extended-length and standard wheelbase models are projected to deliver segment-leading cargo volume.

2015 Lincoln Navigator

Extended-length models provide 128.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row, 86.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, and 42.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row; standard wheelbase models deliver 103.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row, 54.4 cubic feet behind the second row, and 18.1 cubic feet behind the third row.

A smoother, more powerful ride
Replacing the 5.4-liter V8 that has powered Navigator for years is a more powerful and fuel-efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine.

The twin turbocharged, direct injection engine is projected to deliver at least 370 horsepower and 430 lb.-ft. of torque, according to preliminary test data. Final numbers will be available closer to production. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost is also projected to deliver best-in-class towing.

2015 Lincoln Navigator

Navigator features a six-speed automatic transmission with Lincoln’s SelectShift, which allows the driver to manually control gears if desired. The vehicle is available in both four-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive configurations. The available Control Trac Four-Wheel-Drive system enhances traction on slippery surfaces, helps improve handling on dry roads and enables off-road capability.

The Lincoln Drive Control option adds Lincoln’s Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD), a suspension system that monitors multiple vehicle sensors and road conditions every two milliseconds and adjusts the suspension needs accordingly. CCD also provides a smoother and improved ride – best-ever for Navigator – and allows the driver to customize the ride of the vehicle by selecting one of three different control modes: Normal, Sport and Comfort.Navigator’s Hill Start/Descent Assist keeps the SUV still for up to two seconds on a five-degree uphill grade after the drive takes his foot off the brake pedal.

Standard-equipped Navigators will continue to offer Nivomat®, a load-leveling system that automatically raises a loaded rear end to optimum ride height for improved handling. The mechanical leveling system helps reduce uneven wear on front and rear tires and helps maintain better vehicle aerodynamics.

The latest SYNC® with MyLincoln Touch™ driver connectivity system is standard. The system allows drivers to use voice-activated or touch screen controls to make phone calls, play music, use the navigation system or set cabin temperature controls. The system includes 4.2-inch LCD displays in the instrument cluster, an 8-inch touch screen in the center stack and traditional knob controls for easy operation.

2015 Lincoln Navigator

The available Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) signals when another vehicle is detected in an adjacent lane behind either rear wheel. Standard for 2015, Navigator also introduces a new rearview camera, which displays a color image on the 8-inch touch screen for help when driving in reverse.

Rebirth of an icon

1998 Lincoln Navigator

1998 Lincoln Navigator

Navigator was wildly popular the moment it hit the streets in the late 1990s, and spent more than a decade as one of the top-selling vehicles in the segment. Featuring seating for up to eight passengers, luxury cues typically reserved for sedans and cargo space and towing capacity to haul virtually anything, Navigator set the full-size luxury SUV standard.

It was an immediate success, accounting for 41 percent of in-segment sales by the 2000 model year. Aiming to recapture that glory, the 2015 Navigator offers nearly two dozen upgrades from the current generation.

Production of the 2015 Navigator begins in late summer at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Ky. Vehicles are due in showrooms in early fall.

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