by Tony West
The 2015 Lincoln Navigator hopes to reclaim the throne in the full-size segment they once led ten+ years ago. With new luxury and efficiency upgrades Lincoln hopes to steal away fans of the forthcoming Cadillac Escalade and possibly the Infiniti QX56. Over two dozen enhancements went into the design of the 2015 Navigator, hopefully more than we know about.
To bring the Navigator into the 21st century, keyless entry, a push button start, and power liftgate are standard. Designers resurrected the infamous split-winged grille and added HID headlights and jeweled LED taillamps. The more muscular looking 2015 Navigator also a redesigned hood, moonroof, and standard 20 inch aluminum wheels. Twenty-two inch aluminum wheels are available with the Reserve Package.
The 8-passenger Navigator will be available in a four-wheel drive and a rear-wheel drive model for the regular Navi and the extended length model. The longer Navigator L model adds 10 inches to the wheelbase for total length of 223 inches.
The 2015 Lincoln Navigator’s powertrain is fined tuned for enhanced efficiency, power, and hauling capability. Standard is the 3.5 liter ecoboost V6 engine with 380 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque that replaces the 5.4 liter V8. The lighter 6-cylinder is turbocharged with direct injection saving a lot on fuel. The Navigator will have a 9,000 lb towing capacity. The V6 is matched to a 6 speed automatic transmission with SelectShift for manual mode.
To aid with steering and handling, the 2015 Navigator features electric power steering and Lincoln Drive Control. Available with the Reserve Package, Lincoln Drive Control is continuously controlled damping that analyzes road conditions and adjusts damping every two milliseconds. Lincoln Drive Control allows drivers to adjust suspension to Normal, Comfort, or the more athletic Sport mode. Control Trac Four-Wheel Drive fine tunes traction on slippery surfaces and off-road.
Other safety features in the 2015 Navigator include Hill Start/ Descent Assist, an available backup camera, and Blind Spot Information System with cross traffic alert. Nivomat, a new standard load leveling system automatically adjusts a loaded rear for optimized handling and aerodynamics, and reduced tire wear.
The interior of the 2015 Navigator is a leather-trimmed tech-enhanced cabin. The 8-passenger SUV offers two options for second row seating; two captain’s chairs with or without a center console or a fold flat bench. The 2015 Navigator also has PowerFold third row seats. The Reserve Package adds premium leather seats, leather console and steering wheel with contrast stitching, and Ziricote wood trim.
The Reserve Package also adds leather to the 4.2 inch LCD instrument panel. An 8 inch touchscreen utilizes SYNC technology with MyLincoln Touch for phone, music, climate, and navigation. Drivers can adjust these features via touchscreen, voice command, or control knobs.
The 2015 Lincoln Navigator will go on sale midsummer with an MSRP of $62,475. The 4 x2 model with the Reserve Package starts at $69,975. The 4 x 4 Navigator with the Reserve Package starts at $72,900. The 2015 Navigator L starts at $62,640 for the 4 x 2 models and $68,215 for the 4 x 4 Navigator L.