The aging Lincoln Navigator, long forgotten ever since the last refresh in 2007, is back with another facelift for 2015 that gives it the most conservative interpretation of the brand’s new corporate grille. It will debut at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.
Obvious external changes are limited to the entire front clip, a completely new rear-end look, and new wheels. The interior has also been upgraded with new designs, materials, colors and touch-controlled tech. A redone adaptive suspension system is also available.
In a surprise move, they’ve let go of the old 5.4L V8 in favour of a 3.5L “EcoBoost” turbo V6 mated to a 6-speed automatic, although it actually is a better motor, now making 370 bhp and 430 lb-ft of torque, compared to the V8′s measly 300 horses. It will be a hard sell to potential customers of full-size luxury-badged SUVs though, who are used to boasting about their V8 motors.
Available in rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive form, with a choice of regular and extended-wheelbase body styles, the 2015 Lincoln Navigator is probably a holdover for a few years until an all-new model based on the aluminium-heavy 2015 Ford F-150 comes about.