Lincoln Navigator to Drop V-8 for EcoBoost V-6, Expedition May Get V-6 and V-8

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 2013 Ford Expedition left front with boat 1 300x187 imagethe 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

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