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.
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.
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.