It's about time because the last major redesign was in 2006.
Since it first launched back in 1998, the Lincoln Navigator has always managed to find an audience. In more recent years, many people have ditched their big Navigators for crossovers. It’s a trend happening across the SUV segment. However, SUVs have never died and with gas prices holding steady, there’s been increased demand. That’s why Lincoln is in the midst of developing an all-new Navigator that’s set to arrive in the second half of 2016 as a 2017 model.
Just this past year, Lincoln gave the Navigator a refresh to keep things going steady until the new version arrives. The 2015 Navigator is still the same vehicle underneath as the 2006 model. However, the redesigned fourth-gen model will feature an aluminum body (like the new Ford F-150) as well as a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, which will replace the 5.4-liter V8. Styling wise, the next Navigator will sport Lincoln’s split-wing grille and full-width LED taillights, while Lincoln will continue to offer both long- and short-wheelbase versions. Each will have third-row seats. The question is, however, whether the next-gen Navigator will be good enough to take on its arch rival, the Cadillac Escalade.