Rumours: Redesigned 2015 Navigator a “stop gap” model?

A few weeks ago, Lincoln unleashed the 2015 Navigator on North American roads: on top of a modernised exterior and upgraded interior, the new model comes with an impressive list of new technological features such as a twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 -in its most powerful iteration yet- and Lincoln Drive Control. You can actually expect a media round-up of the model’s launch pretty soon here on this blog!

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For now though, Automotive News reports rumours to the effect that the redesigned 2015 Navigator could just be a stop-gap model before an all-new full-size SUV is introduced for the 2017 model year. If that turns out to be true, it would mean that Lincoln went to great lengths to make a significantly different new generation of Navigator only to keep it around for just two model years. Still, it is true that the newly introduced technology (EcoBoost, Lincoln Drive Control, etc.) has been rolled out on the rest of the line-up as well and would probably carry over onto a new generation. The tooling for most of the Navigator’s bits has also already been paid for, since the current platform was first introduced in 2007 and is in part shared with the Ford Expedition.

The introduction of a new generation of Navigator in 2017 would also make sense given that the brand announced a total makeover of its line-up for the second half of the 2010 decade, and since all-new MKC and MKX crossovers will by then be well established. Also, Ford recently switched the F-150 to a very modern (although controversial) aluminium architecture and could probably take the market by surprise by rolling out the technology on its biggest and heaviest passenger vehicles.

On that note, and we will come back to it in the review round-up, the new (twin) turbocharged Navigator seems to be quite sprightly! Were that drivetrain to be carried over onto a much lighter platform, the Navigator could find itself challenging not only the Cadillac Escalade but probably some of the performance-oriented options from domestic and foreign manufacturers.

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