Spied! 2015 Lincoln Navigator and Navigator L Show There's Still Life in the Old SUV

By Jacob Brown | September 17, 2013
Big, bulky, body-on-frame SUVs are dead, everyone says. Crossovers are the future, built on lighter, car-based unibody architectures. Lincoln might be buying too much into that hype. Paragraphimage While General Motors just revealed the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon, and GMC Yukon XL on all-new platforms shared with the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra--and a new Cadillac Escalade is on its way next month--Ford is looking like it's going to pitch a softball for its next-generation Lincoln Navigator and Navigator L. Seen testing around Ford's Dearborn, Michigan, headquarters, the 2015 Lincoln Navigator and Navigator L look to share some carryover parts with the current full-size SUVs, which date back to the 2007 model year. Not that that's a bad thing; the Navigator is a perfectly fine luxury SUV. We just thought it might have more in common with the supposedly aluminum-constructed 2015 Ford F-150, a truck that could possibly revolutionize the segment if all the hype is realized. Paragraphimage The 2015 Lincoln Navigator and Navigator L get fewer development dollars put into them as the full-size SUV segment wanes. However, we expect for the two biggies to get plenty of new technology like the 365-horsepower, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 at minimum under the hood (The Cadillac Escalade will likely come standard with more than 400 horsepower from a 6.2-liter V-8.), the latest version of MyLincoln Touch, and a whole host of active and passive safety technologies. From the looks of it, the 2015 Lincoln Navigator will also get a split-nose grille that was first shown in its current form on the 2013 Lincoln MKZ sedan. We wonder how it will look on such an otherwise boxy vehicle. Rumor had it that Lincoln was considering switching from the Navigator name to MKN, but judging from the looks of it, the Navigator name will be prominently adorning this SUV's side. A cover over a badge shows that the logo is just too large for three letters. Also, there's way too much brand equity in the Navigator name. It's possible that Lincoln will be able to update the 2015 Navigator into a credible Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and Cadillac Escalade competitor, among others. But it's also possible that this could be a space-filler without a direction. What do you think? Leave a comment below and check out the rest of our gallery.
  • 2015 Lincoln Navigator L Spy Shot Front
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  • 2015 Lincoln Navigator Spy Shot Front Quarter
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4 comments
Eric Meils
Eric Meils

Ford really needs to hit the mark with this.  It's not okay for the Navigator to be just an airport shuttle anymore.  I hope they bump the power up to at least 400 on the eco-boost and lighten the truck so its something that can compete with the Denali, Escalade, and Infiniti QX80 (formerly QX56).  Competing with the MB GL is a bit far fetched, I don't think it would be smart to aim the Navigator at competing with the GL since the markets are so different.  The whole Lincoln line needs to step up their game to compete with Cadillac.  I hope they do it.

John Rucker
John Rucker

I have a 2007 Navigator with 125K miles. It has been the best SUV I have ever owned. (3-suburbans, 1 Expedition and 1 other Navigator) If you go to the dealer and sit in a new Navigator, you can't tell the difference from the 2007. I really hope Lincoln puts some serious R&D into the new model. Otherwise I see no reason to upgrade.

Winnie Jenkems
Winnie Jenkems

 Navigator will also get a split-nose grille that was first shown in its current form on the 2013 Lincoln MKZ sedan

NOOOO!!!!

Nick Blake
Nick Blake

Not different enough to justify keeping this vehicle in the lineup. The Navigator is already treading around on it's last legs and a refreshed front end and wheel's isn't going to cut it. I hope the interior gets a complete refresh with higher quality materials and they tweak little things like 86'ing some of that tacky chrome and bringing back the old taillamp design. Also find a way to either hide the rear windshield wiper or cover it with some plastic and add an arm for it to rest on like the first gen did. 

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