The 2015 Lincoln Navigator is getting an update. It has a fresh face and rear design, but the bigger news is underneath. Gone is the ancient 5.4L V8, and the new 3.5L EcoBoost V6 is in its place. Engine downsizing comes with a big power increase thanks to two turbocharges. Navigator’s version of the engine makes 380 hp @ 5,250 rpm and 460 lb-ft of torque @ 2,750 rpm. This is 70 horsepower and 95 lb-ft more than the outgoing V8.
The new powerplant and the 6-speed automatic combine for competitive 16 MPG city / 22 MPG highway / 18 MPG combined for the standard wheelbase 2WD Navigator. Speaking of wheelbase – the standard Navigator has a three inch longer wheelbase than the GMC Yukon, and the Navigator L model’s 131 inch chassis is one inch longer than that of the GMC Yukon XL. This is one massive vehicle, and it delivers leading interior volume. How about 42.6 cu-ft of cargo space behind the third row?
You can also expect leading 9,000 lbs of maximum towing capacity for the standard wheelbase 2WD model.
The 2015 Lincoln Navigator starts at $62,475 and is priced competitively against GMC’s Yukon Denali line and the Infiniti QX80. There is also a new “Reserve” premium package for the Lincoln with many luxurious goodies that will retail at $75,065.
Check out this fun and informative TFLcar first drive video of Navigator’s cousin – 2015 Ford Expedition Platinum.
TFLcar is at Louisville, Kentucky to test the new Navigator. Our first drive video is coming up this week.
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been a contributor at TFL since 2011.