Although the expected redesign of the Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition for the 2012 model year has been pushed off for a bit, there’s still good news for the seven-passenger Navigator luxury family SUV for 2012.
Along with a mild refresh, or facelift, as it’s often called, the Navigator will reportedly get the EcoBoost V-6 engine, and most likely keep a V-8 as an option as well, although there’s no word yet on which V-8 that might be.
The Navigator’s engine lineup is said to be based on the engines from the Ford F-series pickups. That likely means the base engine in the Navigator will be the 365-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost that generates 420 pound-feet of torque.
That’s serious grunt compared with the current Navigator’s 310 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque from the 5.4-liter V-8 engine. According to our sister publication, MotorAuthority, the Navigator’s EcoBoost V-6 should be 15 to 20 percent more fuel efficient than the current V-8 as well.
Why put EcoBoost V-6-power in a full-size SUV? The answer is simple: Ford, along with every other automaker building big SUVs and pickups has to wring every last bit of fuel economy it can going forward just to keep up with increasingly tough gas-mileage requirements.
Ford already has the EcoBoost, which has proven surprisingly popular in the F-150, so it’s really a no-brainer to plop an EcoBoost V-6 in the Navigator.
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So what will the facelifted 2012 Lincoln Navigator look like? Check out the photo and also coverage from the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Remember that a completely revamped Navigator is still in the planning stages, all part of the plan for Ford to radically differentiate the Lincoln brand from its Ford counterparts.