Lincoln for 2003 means three existing products and a new sport-utility vehicle — the Aviator. The Aviator is a sumptuous makeover of Ford's best-selling Explorer but with exterior styling cues similar to Lincoln's full-size Navigator. Its seven-seat cabin has leather-clad seats, optional second-row buckets and a third-row bench that folds flat to the floor via push-button power. The Aviator uses Ford's 4.6-liter V-8 with 302 hp and nets a best-in-class tow rating of 7300 lb. The Navigator has been redesigned for 2003; it keeps the 5.4-liter V-8 but adds power and torque. There's more room inside for as many as eight passengers on three rows of seats, with a standard third-row bench that tucks into the cargo floor. Lincoln's full-size flagship Town Car gets improvements to its revamped suspension and steering, plus touched-up styling. The LS sedan receives significant enhancements for 2003, including more power for both V-6 and V-8 engines, ZF Servotronic rack-and-pinion steering gear, electronic brake assist and high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, plus Ford's Safety Canopy headliner airbag system.
The 2003 Navigator gets reinvented with a stiff new structure, updated exterior styling and a contemporary design for the cabin with innovative features like the power-operated folding third-row bench seat. An air suspension system lowers the Nav by an inch to make entry and exit easier for riders; optional power running boards extend or retract with the opening or closing of doors. For added safety, a new side curtain airbag “Safety Canopy” is standard. Four-wheel-drive Navs have the Control Trac system that channels engine torque to whichever wheels need it. The sole powertrain is a 5.4-liter V-8 redesigned for quieter operation. It delivers 300 hp and connects to a four-speed automatic transmission with high-gear lockout switch set as a button on the console shifter stick. The Navigator comes with an extensive array of standard features in three variations — Luxury, Premium and Ultimate. Trimmings include glossy hardwoods, supple leathers and highlights in satin-finish nickel metal.
2003 Lincoln Navigator by TCC Team (4/29/2002)
The new Aviator resembles Lincoln's full-size Navigator but is based on the mid-size Explorer/Mountaineer chassis. For Lincoln use, it sprouts a standard 4.6-liter V-8 that delivers 302 hp, good enough to propel it to the head of the class for trailer towing. A five-speed automatic is standard. The Aviator comes in either rear- or four-wheel drive, and either Luxury or Premium trim. The cabin, with three rows of seats for up to seven passengers, shares styling elements with the Navigator and is trimmed in soft leathers with accents in burl walnut and satin-nickel finish plus soft white LED instrument lighting.
Subtle changes outside and extensive changes to the chassis arrive with the ’03 edition of the Town Car. All three trim versions — Executive, Cartier and Signature —roll on a revised chassis and standard 17-inch aluminum wheels, while the Cartier gets nine-spoke wheels finished in bright chrome. Abundant power flows from Town Car's engine: the single-cam 4.6-liter V-8 has been retuned to produce 239 hp. A recirculating-ball steering gear in the previous Town Car has been replaced by a rack-and-pinion system. In the five-place cabin, a new layout for dash and instrument cluster looks elegant, with a chrome analog clock set in center position above controls for climate and audio systems. A six-inch extension to the 117.7-inch wheelbase creates a long-wheelbase Town Car equipped with wider rear doors and more backseat legroom.
2003 Lincoln Town Car by TCC Team (5/13/2002)
Subtle changes appear in the 2003 LS, a new face and tail treatment chief among them. All models have dual chrome exhaust tips now and offer HID headlamps. Inside, heated and cooled front seats are a new option for 2003, along with heated rear seats. Genuine burl walnut wood trims the cockpit, with satin nickel accents applied to a new dash design. The 3.9-liter aluminum V-8 features dual cams and produces 280 hp this year, a gain of 28 hp; the 3.0-liter V-6 climbs 12 hp to 232 hp. Either engine can be linked to a five-speed electronic automatic transmission, with optional H-gate SelectShift clutch-less controls. The V-6 also is offered with a Getrag five-speed manual. The AdvanceTrac dynamic stability control system is available, as is Ford's Safety Canopy airbag system.