Seven years is a hell of a long time to wait for a facelift.
Better late than never. That’s what Lincoln would have you believe having just revealed the Navigator’s first facelift since the car went on sale in 2007. The big news for the full-size SUV is that the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 replacing the 5.4-liter Triton V8. Rated at over 370 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, the new engine will be exclusively mated to a six-speed automatic and deliver best-in-class towing of 9,000 pounds.
Available in both rear- and four-wheel drive, Lincoln says fuel economy has significantly improved compared to the outgoing model. Updating technology that dates back seven years was also a top priority for Lincoln. Its Drive Control system has been fitted, using continuously controlled dampers to adjust the ride according to road conditions. MyLincoln Touch with Sync now comes as standard, controlled via an eight-inch touchscreen. Like the rest of the Lincoln lineup, the instrument cluster sports a central speedometer flanked by twin 4.2-inch displays, while other standard goodies include push-button start, passive entry, rear-view camera and PowerFold third-row seats.
An odd mix of materials including Ziricote wood, black plastic, and Woolsdorf leather spruces up the cabin that remains absolutely massive. A new front fascia and rear end lack the sparkle of a redesign, but keep in mind this is simply a facelift. HID headlamps with LED DRLS and LED taillights now feature, as do 20-inch alloys and optional 22s. The 2015 Lincoln Navigator will hit showrooms this fall after it debuts at the Chicago Motor Show next month.