DETROIT -- Lincoln's oldest remaining nameplate, the Navigator, is getting a new look. And its arrival will be a kind of bonus for Lincoln dealers, who are hungry for more product.
When Lincoln launched its reinvention plan in 2012, brand executives promised four new vehicles by the end of 2016. Two have been unveiled: the MKZ sedan, already on sale, and the MKC crossover, due in the second quarter of this year. Lincoln will introduce a vehicle in 2015 and another in 2016.
The re-engineered 2015 Navigator, which will go into production in late summer and on sale in early fall, does not count as one of those four, said Andrew Frick, group marketing manager of Lincoln. So it's a bonus for Lincoln dealers.
"This large utility, where we've been playing for so long, is a good place for us to invest," Frick told reporters at the media unveiling last week.
The Navigator has the latest version of Lincoln's split-wing grille design, introduced last year on the MKZ. The redesigned rear end has LED taillights that extend the width of the vehicle, another signature element of Lincoln's new design language.
The center console includes the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system, which has buttons and knobs.
Ford's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 replaces the current 5.4-liter V-8. The smaller V-6, also used in the Ford F-150, will crank out more horsepower than the outgoing V-8: an expected 370 hp, up from 310; and more torque: 430 pounds-feet, up from 365. The numbers are projections until EPA testing. Elaine Bannon, chief engineer of the Navigator, said the vehicle would have best-in-class towing capability at 9,000 pounds.
Lincoln will continue to offer the Navigator in long- and short-wheelbase versions (222.3 inches and 207.4 inches). Both come with three rows of seats.