Is Lincoln’s New Navigator Headed in the Right Direction?

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2015 Lincoln Navigator Hero Shot

It took the better part of a decade — seven years — but at long last, Lincoln (NYSE:F) has turned its attention to the one member of its lineup which, for that duration, had received virtually no attention. The Navigator, its leading full-size SUV, has finally gotten what appears to be the mid-cycle refresh that it should have seen about three years ago.

Let’s get the bad news out of the way. Despite it being a large SUV, Lincoln — likely on Ford’s command — has opted to pull the 5.4-liter Triton V8, offering only the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 in its place. That’s about the most dramatic change to the vehicle for 2015. Lincoln promises 370 horsepower from the engine, and claims it will be more powerful than the outgoing V8. The exterior appearance, though clearly updated, isn’t a resounding departure from the Navigator that once was, and perhaps it’s for the better that way.

The new front fascia consists of a newly designed hood, and the back end now includes a power up-and-down tailgate. “On both ends, the vehicle wears jewel-like light-emitting diode (LED) lights, as well as high-intensity discharge (HID) adaptive headlamps with LED accents,” Lincoln said in its release.

“We knew what our customers wanted,” said Elaine Bannon, chief engineer of the 2015 Navigator, in the company’s statement. “Navigator has always had great features, and we were able to keep those things. I’m proud that we were able to give our customers so much more.”

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