Even though Lincoln recently revamped the Navigator in a big way, the brand is already hard at work on the next generation of the luxury SUV. In fact, the current generation of the Navigator launched back in 2007, making its design dated and a replacement more than necessary.
News of the 2017 Lincoln Navigator was first reported by Automotive News, which states that the vehicle will hit dealerships in the United States sometime during the second half of 2016. The publication also says that the next generation of the SUV will have an aluminum body as a way to help decrease its hefty curb weight. Considering this is a trick that Ford has already revealed for the 2015 F-150 pickup, such information seems believable. In fact, the report claims that the new Navigator will actually share a platform with the new F-150, which makes extensive use of high-strength steel. The weight savings for the Navigator should be several hundred pounds.
Lincoln has already stopped selling the fuel-thirsty V8 engine for the Navigator, starting with the 2015 model. Speculation right now is centering on the possibility of a new EcoBoost V6 powertrain option that could be coupled with an electric motor (or motors) for a hybrid configuration, which would only increase the fuel savings for owners. There is also a strong possibility the vehicle will feature a 10-speed automatic transmission, which is being co-developed by Ford and General Motors.
Considering that the current Lincoln Navigator is outgunned by the competition when it comes to technology and efficiency, these moves could help the brand perhaps reclaim some relevance in the current automotive market.