Lincoln has just introduced the brand new 2015 Navigator. With it the brand offers a fresh interpretation of a classic vehicle. Its exterior design has a highlight which reintroduces Lincoln’s iconic split-wing grille. On the other hand, the interior enhancements feature luxurious leather and advanced technologies.
To start with the changes, the sleeker front end includes brand new design of the hood, and the back-end which now features a power up/down tailgate. On both ends, the vehicle has been equipped with a jewel-like LED lights, as well as high-intensity discharge (HID) adaptive headlamps with LED accents.
As a standard the Navigator is equipped with a 20-inch, machined aluminum wheels. As an option there has been offered a Reserve Package, which includes 22-inch, polished aluminum wheels and chrome-accented running boards.
2015 Navigator will be available in standard-length (207.4 inches) and extended-length (222.3 inches) versions. Lincoln of course is a synonym of luxury. To continue with the Reserve Package, in terms of interior it introduces the following:
- An updated cabin that extends ultra-luxurious leather to all three rows of seats, as well as to the armrests, center console and transmission shifter
- A hand-wrapped, leather instrument panel with contrast stitching and leather glove box door
- Premium Ziricote wood trim, a luxurious natural-grain wood new to the automotive industry, most commonly used as an accent in yachts
At no additional price, the customers will enjoy the new Lincoln steering wheel, introduced on the recently revealed MKC premium small utility. It is Wollsdorf leather-wrapped and wood-trimmed and features a thicker grip and softer touch. Navigator has been designed to seat up to eight people, offering second-row options that include two captain’s chairs, with or without a center console, or a fold-flat bench.
The luxury SUV is powered by the powerful and fuel-efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin turbocharged, direct injection engine, which is projected to deliver at least 370 horsepower (272 kW) and 583 Nm (430 lb.-ft.) of torque, according to preliminary test data.
The unit is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift, which allows the driver to manually control gears if desired. The vehicle is offered in four-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive configurations. There is available Control Trac Four-Wheel-Drive system that improves traction on slippery surfaces, helps improve handling on dry roads and enables off-road capability.
As standard here comes also the electric power-assisted steering, while optional equipment is Lincoln Drive Control that includes Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD), a suspension system that monitors multiple vehicle sensors and road conditions every two milliseconds and adjusts the suspension needs accordingly.
Other technologies featured here are the Hill Start/Descent Assist, which functions when the vehicle is parked on a hill with a grade of five degrees or more, and it remains stationary for up to two seconds after the driver releases the brake pedal; Nivomat®, a load-leveling system that automatically raises a loaded rear end to optimum ride height for improved handling; keyless entry via a door-mounted button; push-button start for keyless engine ignition; latest SYNC with MyLincoln Touch with 4.2-inch LCD displays in the instrument cluster; an 8-inch touch screen in the center stack; traditional knob controls for easy operation; available Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), which signals when another vehicle is detected in an adjacent lane behind either rear wheel; standard rearview camera and much more.
2015 Lincoln Navigator will have a production start later this summer and vehicles are due in Lincoln showrooms in early fall.
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