The Lincoln Navigator is a full-size luxury SUV built by Ford Motor Company for its luxury division, Lincoln. Example in 1998, production began May 14, 1997 and sales since August. The Lincoln Navigator was the first SUV Lincoln and the first four-wheel drive vehicle capable. The Lincoln Navigator shares its platform, mechanical characteristics, and other equipment and Ford Expedition, which was introduced a year earlier. Unique styling and upscale, interior materials, and other factors differ from the Navigator from the Ford Expedition. Given its platform mate, the Navigator is the largest car Lincoln currently offers, having the largest cargo capacity and seating for seven to eight people, depending on the model. To 2007, a long, long wheelbase version Lincoln Navigator called the Navigator L was introduced, further increasing cargo capacity. Since its introduction, Lincoln has offered only one engine choice at a time in the Navigator in any model year.
Despite the suggested manufacturer’s Lincoln Navigator base price retail of$ 42,000 in 1998, the Navigator proved to be popular almost 44,000 sold in its first year. Competitors from General Motors like the Cadillac Escalade and GMC Yukon Denali followed immediately succeeding Lincoln Navigator. Much like the Cadillac Escalade would do, the Navigator found other celebrities and customized SUV scene.
Lincoln Navigator First Generation (1997-2002)
The 1998 Lincoln Navigator was introduced in August 1997 as the first game utility vehicle Lincoln’s (SUV) and has up to eight people. The Lincoln Navigator was based directly on the Ford Expedition, which was introduced in the year before, but it was as well to be a new choice in the luxury full-growing SUV market segment, and more features and upscale design. Although it bears the Navigator’s external resemblance to his Expedition cousin at a glance, and differs in many ways, including different front and fascias along with unique lamps and taillights, a chrome “waterfall” style grille, a unique hood, different style wheels, unique wheel arches, roof different rack, and a wide range of door handles. Internally, the humble roots Navigator’s truck could be easily spotted as they had the same dashboard layout as the Expedition and F-150. However, the inside of the Navigator’s featured upscale additions including standard leather seating surfaces, fine wood inserts, comprehensive carpeting, and great sound to kill. Navigator was also under the code name UN173, developed with the Expedition under the UN93 code name.
Two-wheel drive was standard on the Lincoln Navigator with the available automatic ControlTrac four-wheel drive system offered as an option. Control Trac initially included four modes: Two High, Auto, Four High (lock) and Four Low (lock). The mode Two High ended for model year 1999. The Navigator initially shared the same 5.4 L SOHC V8 as the Expedition, making 230 hp (170 kW) at 4250 rpm and 325 lb · ft (441 N·m) of torque at 3000 rpm. Similarly, Navigator shared the same 4R100 4-speed automatic transmission with Overdrive as Expedition. The rear axle ratio Navigator, that was two-wheel or four-wheel drive, was 3.73: 1. With a base weight of the street of LB than 5,000 (2,300 kg), the Navigator was not particularly fast off the line. A Lincoln Navigator four-wheel drive model tested by Motor Trend magazine that weighed in at 5,557 lb (2,521 kg) could accelerate from zero to 60 mph (97 km / h) in 10.3 seconds and complete a quarter mile (~ 400 m) in 17.7 seconds at 78.7 mph (126.7 km / h). However, the same Navigator came with a towing capacity of 7,700 pounds useful (3,500 kg).
In its first year the calendar of sales (1998), Lincoln Navigator contributed to an unprecedented event in recent decades of the overtaking by the Lincoln brand of perennial rival Cadillac in annual sales volume. Initially, the published figures showed that Cadillac had Lincoln outsold by a question 222 vehicles sold, thanks to the large increase in monthly sales Escalade in December, from hundreds of previous months about 5,000. To be followed resulted in the information / apology in May 1999, saying “Error” to “overzealous” low workers.
Lincoln Navigator Second Generation (2003-2006)
2003, a number of changes and improvements were made thanks to Lincoln Navigator to a comprehensive re. The Navigator continued to share a platform and Ford Expedition, 2003, but continued to differ in terms of styling and a variety of upscale features. The 2003 featured a revised thoroughly, since the launch of the Lincoln Navigator, only the front doors and roof panels unchanged from the previous generation. The exterior of the new things like a larger waterfall chrome grille, quad-beam brighter lights with larger housings, the revised chrome door handles set in bezels color-keyed, and running boards slightly wide. In the Navigator of the instrument panel and dashboard in the all-new, remarkably, was not shared with the Expedition.
Highlighting the design changes to the Lincoln Navigator’s lived in some of the new features and options for 2003. The features currently available like Ford Safety Canopy side curtain airbag and tire pressure monitoring system improve the safety of the resident. Convenience was enhanced by the availability of power running boards (industry first), its power third-row seats, a power liftgate, hid lights (for top model at the end). The available rear-seat video entertainment system updated to DVD-based and all Neene now came standard wheels 18×7.5-inch alloy wheels 18×8-inch chrome available as an option.
Like the 2003 Ford Expedition, the Lincoln Navigator benefited from a reworked chassis, new rack-and-its Opinion, and independent suspension all-new form (IRS), who better handling and ride comfort. The Navigator continued to benefit from the load-balancing air suspension but now lowers the car by an inch of interest in the pain of entry and exit. Powertrain The Navigator’s was modified since 2002, but the 5.4 L DOHC V8 used before was advertised under the name Tech. But now produced 300 hp (224 kW) at 5500 rpm and 355 lb·ft (481 N·m) of torque at 3750 rpm Because of the changes brought along, and the curb weight of the Navigator increased to 5,760 lb (2,610 kg) of two-wheel drive models and almost 6,000 lb (2700 kg) in four-wheel drive model. In addition, towing capacity dropped slightly.
Lincoln Navigator Third Generation (2007-present)
The Lincoln Navigator was under the 326 code name, and new styling and mechanical features for 2007. presented at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2006, the Navigator is featured in its own unique styling update since its introduction with new front and fascias rear and side cladding. In the front was a large, upper chrome grille similar to those classic Lincolns like the 1963 Continental, everything new, complex headlight design, a lower chrome grille and integrated fog-lights, and prominent “power dome” hood. In some areas, new rear fascia featured taillights inspired by the Lincoln MKZ and chrome trim was more prominently used and the sides Navigator, including chrome powerful lower body doors. The distinctiveness of the Lincoln Navigator after the interior, highlighted by the all new dashboard and instrument panel. These areas saw extensive rectangular shapes, such as in the estimate, and the use of real wood and satin nickel accents.
The Lincoln Navigator L Compliance with the Lincoln Navigator 2007 was a new way, under the name 418 program code. Such as the Cadillac Escalade Holman, the Navigator L is 14.7 inches (370 mm) longer than the standard Navigator on a 12-inch (300 mm) long wheelbase, increasing procurement capacity. The Navigator L was introduced in line with the Expedition EL, an extended version Ford Expedition. Both Navigator and Expedition 2007 and is based on the T1 platform Ford, which is related to the same platform that 2004+ F-150 is based. If compared to the previous Navigator platform, the new platform provides greater rigidity for better driving dynamics. The independent rear suspension has been replaced with a new five-link IRS design to spread open the ride quality.
For 2008, packaging for luxury and convenience features Navigator’s easy, resulting in the elimination of perennial Luxury and Ultimate trim levels and dimensions of the many features that previously optional. Some of these new standard features included heated and cooled front seats, third row seats power to pre-, a power liftgate, and the 600-Watt 14-speaker Thx II-Certified audio. And newly standard 3.31: 1 rear axle ratio, although a 3.73: ratio 1 was still available as option for the standard Navigator and sat in the Navigator L. recently was in the camera rearview aid in backing up.
For 2009, 5.4 L V8 the Lincoln Navigator was making 10 hp (7.5 kW) and flex-fuel capability. Camera rearview new 2008 was now standard, as were heated second row seats, Front Park Assist, a capless fuel filler, rain-sensing asthma, wipers, and Lincoln Sync. The third generation of the Lincoln Navigator and Lincoln Navigator L continued to be offered for the 2010 model year, and a small change. For 2011, both the Navigator and Lincoln Navigator L feature HD Radio, Sirius TravelLink, and Lincoln Sync as standard on all trims.
For model year 2013, the only changes made to the Navigator was the addition of a new trims color: Kodiak Brown Metallic Tri-Coat, Midnight Sapphire Metallic, and Ruby Red Metallic Clearcoat color. The model year 2014 a carryover from the 2013 same features and cosmetic changes. This could be the last model year that would be the front grille fascias.
2015 Lincoln Navigator Refresh
In March 2013, Ford had confirmed reports of the next generation Lincoln Navigator will be repackaged Ford Expedition and the previous was, despite trailing the Lincoln MKX about sales but before Mkt, but hope to be competitive in the luxury SUV segment as they prepare to take on the Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX80 , and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, each of which are already or will launch new generations in 2013 or 2014, and would be designed with the new Lincoln design team also designed the new 2013 Lincoln MKZ. It would be completely new and would have the 3.5 EcoBoost, the better the inside of the new operation. But in May 2013 a prototype Navigator with different front grill tested exercising EcoBoost in preparation for the new Navigator, which was followed by more spy shots taken in September 2013 was sporting a new signature front grill Lincoln’s.
On January 22, 2014, three photos of the 2015 Navigator released on Twitter and Instagram, including the announcement that the SUV refreshed would be at the Washington Auto Show next day (January 23, 2014). However, hours after leakage were made public, Lincoln held a press event in Detroit for the car revealed a new Navigator earlier than expected. The 2015 Navigator and Lincoln Navigator L kept the same exterior styling design as Expedition instead of repackaging reported that Ford announced. However, now i front features a new grille and rear tailgate lights bearing a resemblance to the Dodge Durango. EcoBoost V6 engine will be the only engine offered model year 2015 and will make 380 horsepower and 460 lb ft.
The Lincoln Navigator exterior includes hid headlamps with LED running lights and LED taillights full. Now two inch wheels come standard, instead of 18-inch wheels, and a pack reserve will be 22-inch wheels. Features dashboard panel MyLincoln Touch with Sync as standard and controlled through an eight-inch, touchscreen display in the dash, and home twin 4.2-inch displays that the side of a speedometer central, which falls in line with the rest of the models Lincoln. Push-button start will be standard, as a passive entry and a rear-view camera.
Lincoln Navigator Next Generation
On August 21, 2014, Lincoln announced that the Lincoln Navigator will be until the middle of 2016, when the fourth generation will be unveiled, 2017 Lincoln Navigator which will go on sale in 2017.