Motor Trend has confirmed with global Lincoln director Matt VanDyke that the Navigator SUV will survive the brand shakeup and will feature EcoBoost V-6 power. While the upcoming Navigator could go without an available V-8. the mechanically related Ford Expedition, however, may well hang onto its V-8.
Expect Ford’s successful 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 under the hood of the next-generation Lincoln Navigator, likely in 365 hp and 410 lb-ft spec, a nice bump from the existing truck’s 310 hp and 365 lb-ft. The Navigator currently weighs about the same as an F-150, so expect a similar 0-60-mph time of around 6.5 seconds. Fuel economy should likewise improve a bit, and both could benefit if the next Navigator is lighter. VanDyke says Lincoln is going all-EcoBoost, so a V-8 is unlikely. Ford’s 302-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 and its 278 lb-ft of torque is a potential base engine.
Through the first two months of 2013, Lincoln Navigator sales are down 17.8 percent, to 1211 units, still above the MKT’s 922 units but far below the MKX’s 3712-unit sales performance.
In the next-generation Ford Expedition, the automaker’s new 5.0-liter V-8 is good for a healthy 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, and would appeal to buyers who prefer V-8 power. The Expedition may also offer the base 3.7-liter V-6 and the twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6, though the latter could be reserved for Lincoln. With full-size luxury SUV customers soon to have a choice among vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (2013 Motor Trend SUV of the year), Infiniti QX56, and the redesigned Cadillac Escalade that debuts in the fall, a redone Lincoln Navigator can’t come soon enough.
By Scott Evans