Next Lincoln Navigator to Drop V8?

As Lincoln positions itself as a global luxury brand, it appears the next Navigator will no longer have its optional V8.

Ford’s luxury division, Lincoln, is currently going through a significant shakeup as the automaker attempts to turn it into a truly global brand. Looking over at crosstown rival Cadillac as proof, it’s clear that a global presence with real impact will be a difficult task but some big changes may be in order. Motor Trend has learned from Lincoln’s global director, Matt VanDyke, that the next-generation Navigator SUV will drop its V8 engine in favor of what will likely be an EcoBoost twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6, the same engine found in the current F-150.

However, Ford will likely increase its output to a total of 365 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque over the existing 310 hp and 365 lb-ft. Fuel economy will also see a slight bump and the SUV's overall weight will drop as well. However, the next Ford Expedition will probably retain its optional V8 power in the form of a new 5.0-liter unit due to an existing customer base that prefers that larger engine. VanDyke also confirmed that Lincoln is going "all-EcoBoost". The Expedition and Navigator will probably each come with a base 3.7-liter V6 and an optional EcoBoost V6. In the end, only the Expedition will be available with the V8.

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