While the Navigator hasn't been given the attention the Cadillac Escalade has seen for 2015, the 2015 Lincoln Navigator arguably changes in ways that are just as meaningful. It gets a new engine, a significant list of new features, and enough detail changes to add up to a cosmetic refresh.
And, it's a relative bargain, if you want a truly American body-on-frame luxury SUV. The 2015 Navigator starts at $62,475 for the base rear-wheel-drive model, up to $75,065 for the top Navigator L 4x4 Reserve.
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Against Escalade, difference grows deeper
At the base level, that undercuts the 2015 Cadillac Escalade (which starts at $72,690) by more than $10,000. That's far more of a price difference between the two models than for 2014, when the difference was less than $8,000, comparing entry models.
Power and torque figures have also been released for the first time for the 2015 Navigator. Here, the familiar 3.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged V-6 makes 380 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. That's up considerably from its other current applications—including in the Ford F-150.
All Navigator models with four-wheel drive, as well as all models with the available 22-inch wheels, now include a continuously controlled damping suspension to aid ride quality. The Escalade does include standard magnetic ride control in all of its versions for 2015.
Four-wheel-drive models additionally include hill start assist plus Hill Descent Control. And across the model line, the 2015 Lincoln Navigator includes push-button start, the MyLincoln Touch interface, the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert, and a new LED-backlit instrument cluster.
New 'Reserve' the flagship of the lineup
Navigator Reserve models add Lincoln Drive Control, 22-inch wheels, Ziricote wood trim, hand-wrapped leather for the instrument panel, armrests, and console, and upgraded leather upholstery.
Lincoln Navigator L models, as before, add 12 inches of wheelbase, as well as nearly 14 inches of total length.
The options list for the Navigator lineup includes a power moonroof, InVision headrest-mounted DVD entertainment system, dark-finished 20-inch alloys, or 22-inch polished aluminum wheels. There are eight exterior hues—all metallic—and three interior themes (Ebony with Brown Swirl Walnut wood, Medium Light Stone with Prussion Burl wood, and Dune with Ziricote wood). The latter is for the Reserve Package only.
The (good) news on fuel economy is yet to come
The one piece of information still remaining unanswered after today's release is that of fuel economy. Although the outgoing model doesn't do any better than 14 mpg city, 20 highway, the EcoBoost V-6 is expected to add 2 mpg to the city rating and either 2 or 3 mpg to the Navigator's highway rating.