Ford’s Lincoln Motor Company introduced the new 2015 Navigator luxury SUV, which will make its public debut at the Chicago Auto Show on 6 Feb. The new Navigator replaces the 5.4-liter V8 that has powered Navigator models for years with a more powerful and fuel-efficient standard 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine.
The twin turbocharged, direct injection engine is projected to deliver at least 370 hp (276 kW) and 430 lb-ft (583 N·m) of torque, according to preliminary test data. Final numbers will be available closer to production. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost is also projected to deliver best-in-class towing.
By contrast, the standard 5.4L V8 on the 2014 Navigator delivered 310 hp (231 kW) with 365 lb-ft of torque (495 N·m).
A higher level of torque will be available across a broad rpm range, resulting in better acceleration and performance feel for customers. An available 4.10:1 rear-axle ratio helps multiply the torque even more for those seeking maximum acceleration or towing capability. The low-end torque also makes towing and hauling easier.
The 2015 Navigator features a six-speed automatic transmission with Lincoln’s SelectShift, which allows the driver to manually control gears if desired. The vehicle is available in both four-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive configurations. The available Control Trac Four-Wheel-Drive system enhances traction on slippery surfaces, helps improve handling on dry roads and enables off-road capability.
Helping make this the best-handling Navigator ever is the addition of standard electric power-assisted steering. This allows for more consistent and precise control of the vehicle through a range of speeds while simultaneously making it easier to maneuver at low speeds, and in particular making it easier to park.
The Lincoln Drive Control option adds Lincoln’s Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD), a suspension system that monitors multiple vehicle sensors and road conditions every two milliseconds and adjusts the suspension needs accordingly. CCD also provides a smoother and improved ride and allows the driver to customize the ride of the vehicle by selecting one of three different control modes: Normal, Sport and Comfort.
Navigator also offers driver-friendly Hill Start/Descent Assist. When parked on a hill with a grade of five degrees or more, the vehicle remains stationary for up to two seconds after the driver releases the brake pedal.
Standard-equipped Navigators will continue to offer Nivomat, a load-leveling system that automatically raises a loaded rear end to optimum ride height for improved handling. The mechanical leveling system helps reduce uneven wear on front and rear tires and helps maintain better vehicle aerodynamics.