People might consider Lincoln to only be an elaborate badge-engineering operation, a mere lackey of the Ford lineup of vehicles, but “elaborate” might not be entirely fair in many car enthusiasts’ opinions. Regardless, Lincoln is rolling out the dated yet updated Navigator, giving a reason for rap artists and the like to celebrate. According to the brand, the new luxury SUV comes with almost two dozen upgrades. Naturally, consumers will pay for the increased equipment, to the tune of $5,315. In all fairness, the architecture of the Lincoln Navigator isn’t exactly a spring chicken as it is now pushing seven years, which is a long time in the automotive industry. Whether that makes sense in comparison to the highly updated and technologically advanced designs for the 2015 Cadillac Escalade or the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover depends largely on your brand allegiances, to be quite honest.
With the price increase, the 2015 Navigator comes with a starting price of $62,475, while an L model, which comes with a longer body and increased cargo room, starts out at $64,640. If you want four-wheel drive with that, be prepared to pay for hill descent control, adaptive dampers, and hill start assist, which increases the base prices to $66,050 and $68,215, respectively.
The other upgrades for the 2015 model includes a standard push-button ignition system, plus the notorious and often-hated Sync system with MyLincoln Touch, which also includes blind spot monitoring and alerts for cross traffic. Other new additions to the SUV are a revised grille and hood design, electric power-assisted steering, a new taillight design that stretches the full width, and the Ford 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine with its twin turbochargers and an output of 380 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. Even without the old V8 engine, the 2015 Navigator can still tow up to 9,000 lbs. while achieving better fuel economy.
Two trim levels can be had: Select and Reserve, which comes at a $7,500 premium. For that kind of cash you get Ziricote wood trim, nicer leather, 22-inch polished aluminum wheels to impress your “crew,” and Lincoln Drive Control, which affects throttle and suspension settings.