Lincoln Navigator

The Lincoln Navigator is Lincoln’s flagship luxury SUV. One of the first sport utility vehicles to be offered by a U.S. luxury brand, the upscale Navigator is viewed by many as a status symbol. Similar high-end SUVs include the Cadillac Escalade and the Lexus LX 570.

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Lincoln Navigator Origins

Lincoln introduced the full-size Lincoln Navigator in 1998. The Navigator shares a platform and traditional body-on-frame construction with the Ford Expedition. However, a distinctive Lincoln grille and numerous luxury amenities differentiate the Navigator from its Ford sibling.

About the Lincoln Navigator

The Lincoln Navigator is best known as a large, family-friendly luxury SUV with modest off-road capabilities.

Both trim levels can seat up to eight passengers with an optional second-row bench seat. The base model offers 104 cubic feet of cargo space, while the extended Navigator L provides a generous 128 cubic feet of space. Standard leather seating, ample legroom, and an optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system provide a comfortable experience for back-seat passengers.

An optional four-wheel-drive system and heavy-duty tow package make the Navigator useful for trailer towing and off-road recreation. However, with features such as running boards, road tires, and a moderately-powerful engine, the Navigator lacks the skills of SUVs designed specifically for off-road use, like the Land Rover Range Rover.

Lincoln Navigator Features

The 2012 Lincoln Navigator is available in two trim levels: the base Navigator and the long-wheelbase Navigator L. Both trims come standard with a 5.4-liter, flex-fuel, V-8 engine producing 310 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard.

Standard exterior features include a signature chrome grille, chrome hood accent, chrome-tipped exhaust system, chrome roof rack, power liftgate, power-retractable running boards, front rain-sensing windshield wipers, forward and reverse sensors, a rearview camera, HID headlamps, foglights, front tow hooks, and a rear hitch with cover. Formerly optional, integrated blind spot mirrors became a standard feature in 2012.

The interior boasts luxury amenities, such as an LED-illuminated instrument panel, leather upholstery, and leather and wood trim. Other standard features include heated and cooled front seats, a leather and wood steering wheel with power tilt column and audio and sound controls, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver’s seat memory settings, power-adjustable pedals, a voice-activated navigation system with satellite traffic and travel information, a Sync voice-activated multimedia interface, Bluetooth, a keyless entry keypad, HD radio, and a 14-speaker 600-watt premium surround sound audio system.

Individual options include a power sunroof, 20-inch wheels, a dual-display rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and an HD navigation system. Additional packages are available. The Heavy Duty Trailer Tow Package upgrades the Navigator’s maximum tow rating to 9000 pounds with a rear load-leveling air suspension as opposed to the standard front and rear independent suspension, a four-pin and seven-pin wiring harness, a heavy-duty flasher, a heavy-duty hitch with two-inch receiver, a heavy-duty transmission cooler, and a heavy-duty radiator. The Monochrome Appearance Package adds an upper chrome grille, body-color lower grille, body-color lower body-side cladding, body-color hood accent, and power-folding heated mirrors with body-color mirror caps.

The base Navigator measures 208.4 inches long, 78.3 inches tall, and 78.8 inches wide, excluding mirrors. The Navigator L is 131 inches long.

Lincoln Navigator Evolution

The Lincoln Navigator debuted in 1998 as Lincoln’s first truck-based vehicle. Based on the Ford Expedition, the first-generation Navigator is equipped with a 5.4-liter, 230-horsepower, V-8 engine and four-speed automatic transmission. As with later models, Lincoln’s signature chrome grille helped distinguish the vehicle from the Expedition.

In 1999, a new engine increased output to 300 horsepower and from 325 to 360 lb-ft of torque. In 2000, side airbags became standard. New options for 2000 included a navigation system, reverse sensors, and climate-controlled seats. 2001 brought the addition of standard child seat anchors and automatic climate control. In 2002, Lincoln added a Limited Edition package featuring monochromatic black paint, reverse sensors, and unique 17-inch machined alloy wheels.

Lincoln updated the aging Navigator in 2003 with a handful of performance improvements. Changes included a strengthened frame, independent rear suspension, and an AdvanceTrac stability system. New amenities included a roof rack, in-dash CD changer, and available heated and cooled seats. In 2005, the transmission was upgraded to a six-speed automatic.

The third-generation Lincoln Navigator debuted in 2007 with a larger grille, flashier overall appearance, and a new frame and suspension. In 2008, several former options became standard, including a power-folding third-row seat, surround sound audio system, and heated and ventilated seats. Heated second-row seats and a rearview camera became standard in 2009. The Navigator’s engine output was increased by 10 horses. Leather seats, which were previously optional, became standard in 2010.

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