• Aug 15, 2007
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Ford has made some welcome changes to the Lincoln Navigator for 2008, mostly centered around equipment levels. Former options such as the Power Liftgate, the PowerFold 3rd row seats, THX audio, SIRIUS satellite radio and heated and cooled front seats are now standard equipment. More importantly, a new Monochrome Limited Trim Package (shown above) is available on the '08, and it looks pretty great, actually. Body-color accents are used for the lower grille (yes!), lower cladding (double yes!), and rearview mirrors (trifecta!). The main grille is still an enormous chrome grid, but it looks better now that the additional shine up front has been muted. This package also leaves out the available chrome hood trim that makes some other Navigators excessively garish. Lastly, a rearview camera is available as an option for the first time.

The 2007 Navigator, though derided by many for its clearly over-the-top looks, was a very competent (the fold-flat 3rd row is a huge plus over the Escalade/Denali seating arrangement), quiet, and comfortable luxotruck. For 2008, Ford's changes address many of the complaints while leaving the maximum-bling edition available for those who want it. We'll take a black '08 with the Monochrome Limited package, thanks. Follow the jump for the full (read: very long) press release from Ford.

[Source: Ford]


PRESS RELEASE
2008 LINCOLN NAVIGATOR AND NAVIGATOR L BRING MORE STANDARD FEATURES TO FULL-SIZE LUXURY SUVs

  • Standard Comfort: Several comfort and convenience features are now standard for 2008, including power liftgate, heated and cooled seats, SIRIUS® Satellite Radio, THX® II- Certified audio system, and PowerFold™ Third-Row Seat.
  • Customer Convenience: A new Rearview Camera System is added to Navigator's available features for 2008.
  • Lincoln Navigator L (Long Wheelbase): Provides an additional 25 cubic feet of cargo space
  • Dramatic, distinctive design: Lincoln Navigator's look combines power and refinement for the American luxury SUV customer
  • Quiet, confident driving experience: Navigator's frame and independent suspension deliver superior ride and handling. Acoustic windshield, thicker glass and tuned mirrors contribute to Navigator's "whisper quiet" interior
The Lincoln Navigator, America's original full-size luxury SUV, continues to deliver uncompromising levels of luxury, capability, functionality. For 2008, the award-winning Navigator raises the bar by offering many must-have comfort and convenience features as standard equipment. In addition, the newly available Rearview Camera System adds even more appeal for full-size SUV owners.

The Lincoln Navigator's expressive design brings a unique elegance and an unrivaled presence to the full-size luxury-utility segment.

Lincoln Navigator charts its own path, offering confident ride and handling, outstanding comfort and craftsmanship, and class-leading capability. Lincoln extends luxury SUV capability with the Lincoln Navigator L (Long Wheelbase), 15 inches longer than the regular model and offers luxury buyers an additional 25 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the third-row seat.

Navigator and Navigator L are both available in 4x2 and 4x4 configurations. All Navigators are built at the Michigan Truck Plant in Wayne, Mich.

New for 2008
For 2008, Lincoln has simplified the packaging of the Navigator and Navigator L, making many optional features standard items.

Standard items now include: Power liftgate; heated and cooled front seats; PowerFold™ third-row seats; and a 14-speaker THX® II-Certified audio system with SIRIUS® Satellite Radio.

A newly available Rearview Camera System mounts in the rear liftgate handle and is activated when the vehicle is shifted into reverse, giving the driver a clear view behind the vehicle or the hitch for ease of hooking up trailers. The video image is displayed in the self-dimming rearview mirror.

A Monochrome Limited Edition Package also is new for 2008 and features a unique badge, along with body-color exterior accents including lower grille, lower bodyside cladding, upper chrome grille and power-folding heated mirrors with puddle lamps. This package is offered in four monochromatic exterior treatments: White Chocolate Tri-coat, Black Clearcoat, Vapor Silver Clearcoat Metallic and Stone Green Clearcoat Metallic. Inside, the package includes unique black carpet and floormats, Ebony wood trim, and unique Stone or Camel seats with black leather inserts and black piping. A stitched Lincoln logo is also placed on each headrest.

Three new exterior colors are available for 2008: White Suede Clearcoat Metallic, Vapor Silver Clearcoat Metallic and Stone Green Clearcoat Metallic.

Expressive Design Makes a Dramatic Statement
The 2008 Lincoln Navigator's distinctive design combines power and refinement to deliver Lincoln luxury.

The statement of power begins with the bold chrome grille. The horizontal and vertical lines are inspired by the Lincoln star, detailed with sharp, organized surfaces. The precision detailing of the grille extends into the high-intensity-discharge (HID) projector headlamps. The lower grille carries through the theme, housing the integrated fog lamps.

The upper grille is carried into the chiseled chamfers that define the prominent "powerdome" hood, reinforcing Lincoln Navigator's imposing presence.

The Lincoln Navigator profile is defined by clean, sheer, tapered surfaces. That design language is consistent throughout the vehicle, from the smooth quarter panels to the chiseled side mirror shells. A Lincoln-signature chrome strip highlights the beltline, while chrome body-side trim extends from the front wheel well to the back for a tailored appearance. A proud, stable stance on standard 18-inch machined aluminum wheels or available 20-inch chrome wheels plants the vehicle to the road.

Lincoln Navigator offers power-deployable running boards. With the doors closed, the running boards fold out of sight and are perfectly integrated into the lower body wrap. When one of the side doors is opened, the running boards fold out in presentation, offering a step bar for easy ingress and egress.

The taillamps give a nod to the Lincoln MKZ luxury mid-size sedan, with wing-shaped lamps that cut into the liftgate and wrap around the vehicle. A bold chrome outline and white inserts in the red optic areas complete the exterior.

Award-winning Interior Sets the Bar
The Navigator's interior has already received critical acclaim, winning the 2007 "Interior of the Year" award for premium-priced trucks as voted by the editorial staff of Ward's Auto World magazine. It features a flow-through center console that sweeps up into the rectangular "eyebrows" that frame the dash panel. The strong graphic presentation is echoed in the shape of the instrument bezels, a design inspired by popular rectangular fashion eyewear.

Lincoln Navigator offers the elegance of Dark Ebony or Anigre wood trim on the console and upper door panels. The wood trim is bookmatched so the grains are precisely aligned. For example, the coin-tray cover is laser cut from the center console wood trim for perfectly matched wood grain.

Details like satin-nickel accents on the center stack, binnacle inserts and door trim along with chrome accents on cupholder rings and door releases speak to Lincoln Navigator's fine craftsmanship. A touch of black on the center stack and instrument panel provides further emphasis of refinement. At night, the interior is bathed in Lincoln's signature cool-white lighting, creating a soothing atmosphere.

Lincoln Signature Seating
Premium leather contributes to the overall comfort, further improving Lincoln's signature seating.

The standard 10-way power driver and front passenger seats are designed to comfortably accommodate a diverse group of occupants, from 4-foot-10 to 6-foot-5, from 90 pounds to 300 pounds. Power-adjustable pedals and memory functions enable drivers to fine-tune their positions. The front seats also feature heating and cooling capability for the ultimate in comfort – another Lincoln hallmark.

Even Lincoln Navigator's seat frames are refined to improve comfort by eliminating the vibration from the floor.

This premium seating extends to the available 40/20/40-split second row seat and 60/40-split third row, which effortlessly tumble to create a flat load floor. With seating for up to eight, the Lincoln Navigator offers 18.2 cubic feet of cargo space, while Navigator L offers 42.7 cubic feet.

With both the second- and third-row seats folded, the Lincoln Navigator can accommodate 103.5 cubic feet, while Navigator L offers a cavernous 128.2 cubic feet.

The second-row seats feature mechanisms that enable one-hand fold-and-tumble operation to access the third row. For increased visibility, the second-row head restraints fold forward 90 degrees to improve driver rear view.

Lincoln Navigator's third-row seat folds flat into the floor for added cargo space. The standard PowerFold™ third row offers 54.5 cubic feet of cargo space at the touch of a button.

A standard power liftgate provides even more convenience, and uses side-mounted pistons for improved rear visibility.

State-of-the-Art Entertainment
Lincoln Navigator offers a host of features and options that provide a high level of convenience. The voice-activated DVD-based navigation system features a 6.5-inch touch screen designed for improved clarity and incorporates text-to-speech technology that reads and communicates directions and street names in three languages.

The Navigator is available with the industry's first THX II-Certified audio system designed by THX, a California company renowned for its movie theater systems.

Named the 'Best Audio (Stereo) System' by CNET.com in the 2006 Car Tech Awards and also by PC Magazine in their 2007 Digital Drive Awards, the THX II system uses the latest in patented THX technologies to bring the home theater surround sound experience to the open road. The system uses a 12-channel amplifier to deliver 600 watts of power to a total of 14 speakers, including two subwoofers, strategically placed in the cabin.

The system's processor takes into consideration bandwidth, peak audio levels and coverage uniformity to deliver a smooth spectral balance and wide dynamic range. Multi-channel equalization and digital signal processing match the speaker placement to the cabin acoustics to assure this level of performance.

With the push of a button, the system can be configured for three specific listening modes - Driver, Front Seats and All Seats - ensuring that all passengers are enjoying optimal sound.

The system also features a fast-loading six-disc changer that reads CDs in normal audio, MP3 compressed or text formats. The AM/FM tuner is compatible with the Radio Data Broadcasting System (RDBS) and displays participating radio station call letters, formats and song titles.

If rear passenger entertainment is in order, Lincoln Navigator has an available entertainment system with an 8-inch screen and two wireless headphones to keep the sound contained.

Whisper Quiet Refined Ride
Enjoying the Lincoln Navigator's entertainment offerings is even easier, as engineers "soundly" beat their initial targets for interior quietness. The result is a vehicle that will provide customers with a truly unexpected quality of quietness on the road.

Noise-dampening insulation is used in the headliner and dash to help decrease wind and powertrain noise. Noise-absorbing padding is also used in the carpeting to further reduce tire and road noise. Thicker side glass and cut-line seals are included for decreased wind noise.

Additionally, when engineers redesigned the 2007 model, they added structure to the roof to reduce body boom. A stiffer chassis and new body mounts were incorporated to further isolate road noise and vibration. Side mirrors were "tuned" to reduce wind noise in the cabin, and tire tread designs were optimized to minimize road noise.

Luxury Driving Experience
Lincoln Navigator offers a confident, refined driving experience commensurate with a luxury vehicle. The vehicle features a stiff frame for confident handling and decreased susceptibility to squeaks and rattles. The frame features a tube-through-tube design, creating one of the stiffest frames in the industry.

Navigator has an independent rear suspension (IRS) that features a five-link design, with the fifth link controlling fore/aft movements while the short and long arms control lateral forces. This allows for greater control of wheel movement, as well as enabling lighter suspension components for improved response.

Power is provided by Lincoln Navigator's 5.4-liter, 3-valve V-8 engine, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, that generates 300 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. A wide-ratio, 6-speed transmission has smaller steps between gears than a typical 4-speed automatic and offers improved shift quality and faster acceleration. With a wide 6.02:1 gear ratio and two overdrive gears (fifth and sixth), the Lincoln Navigator's 6-speed offers up to a 7 percent increase in fuel economy on the highway over a typical 4-speed automatic.

Standard AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control)
Lincoln Navigator's confident handling helps prevent accidents from occurring. Lincoln Navigator's safety system features a comprehensive package of features, including standard AdvanceTrac® with RSC®, which utilizes two gyroscopic roll rate sensors to enhance the vehicle's rollover resistance.

Additional standard safety features include:

  • Dual-stage second-generation driver and front-passenger air bags that tailor deployment based on crash severity, safety belt usage and occupant size.
  • Three-row Safety Canopy™ side curtain air bags designed to activate in rollovers and side impacts for enhanced head protection.
  • Seat-mounted side air bags for the first row and energy-absorbing knee bolsters and glove box for the front passenger.
  • Frame design meets the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers' vehicle-to-vehicle frontal crash compatibility voluntary agreement.
Key Features and Options:

Standard features include: 300 hp 5.4-liter V-8 engine with 6-speed automatic transmission; Genuine wood, leather, and satin nickel trim; 18-inch machined aluminum wheels; HID headlamps; Dual-zone electronic air temperature control; THX® II-Certified audio system with 14 speakers, six-disc player compatible with normal audio, MP3 compressed or text format CDs; MP3 audio input jack; SIRIUS® Satellite Radio; 10-way power adjustable driver/passenger seat with power lumbar and recline; Auxiliary climate control; Power adjustable pedals; Keyless entry keypad; Power liftgate; Power-Fold™ third-row fold-flat seat; Heated and cooled front seats; Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); AdvanceTrac® with RSC®; Three-row Safety Canopy™ side curtain air bags; Front seat-mounted side air bags; Chrome exhaust tip; Dual power-folding mirrors with memory, integrated turn signal and puddle lamps; Reverse Sensing System; Driver memory seats and mirrors.

Navigator L unique standard features include: 25 cubic feet of additional cargo space, Cargo management system and power running boards.

Options include: Monochrome Limited Edition Package; Elite Package; Trailer Tow Package; 20-inch Chrome Aluminum Wheels; Chrome Hood Accent; Premium Leather Seats with Piping; Rear Seat DVD Entertainment System; Power deployable running boards and Power moonroof.

Milestones
1998 First-generation Navigator propels Lincoln to U.S. luxury brand sales leadership
2003 A complete redesign includes a fully independent suspension, bold exterior design and acclaimed interior reminiscent of the 1961 Lincoln Continental
2004 Navigator becomes available with RSC® (Roll Stability Control)
2005 Upgrades include exterior design refinements and the new three-valve 5.4-liter V-8 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission
2007 Navigator receives a significantly freshened exterior, chassis refinements and an all-new interior; Navigator L joins Navigator lineup
Navigator ranks second in the Large Premium MAV (Multi-Activity Vehicle) segment in J.D. Power and Associates' 2007 Initial Quality Study
Lincoln Navigator receives a Vehicle Satisfaction Award from AutoPacific, Inc., as the top performing vehicle among Luxury SUVs
The editorial staff of Ward's Auto World honor the 2007 Lincoln Navigator with the "Premium-Priced Truck Interior of the Year" award


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm an owner of a 2004 Lincoln Aviator AWD in tricoat white and I love the vehicle. Unforunately there isnt anything out there that has caught my eye in the midsized category to replace it. My wife just got the new Acura MDX which is fantastic but I dont want two of the same in the garage. Right now I'm waiting to see what the Infiniti FX37 looks like at the Geneva auto show in the spring. Lincoln MKX is too much of a chicks car. Very little to choose from in the midsize luxury SUV/CUV market right now. You buy something and it's due to be replaced soon. Buick Enclave is underpowered plus the average age of a buick owner is 65... I like it, but it still screams soccer mom.

      I wish Lincoln would have kept the Aviator and marketed it better. Maybe done more with it to differentiate from the Explorer. That said, I love mine...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Mike,
        How about a Nissan Murano (it's fun and spacious if ugly) or a VW Touareg. I know neither of these have lux nameplates, but nor does the Tundra that you said you're considering, so these might be worth a look. If you don't care at all about what badge your vehicle wears, the Veracruz may be worth a look. The Mark LT is even less differentiated from the F-150 than the Aviator was from the Explorer. You had better get an AMAZING deal on the Mark LT if you decide to go for it.

        Serapis,
        Mike's comment is not racist; it is a pretty honest explanation of the demographics of midsize SUV/CUV buyers. Saying that the Lincoln Navigator is marketed especially to black people is racist. Saying that the new subdued trim package on the Navigator is angled toward white suburban people is also racist.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The outside still looks like an expedition trim option to me. So no, thanks.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'd be very vurious to know what the latest sales numbers on these things are - I'd be willing to bet a graph of the sales plunge matches the cliff dive of home sales in Florida and California lol.

        The previous version actually looked sort of strong and noble - this one just looks tacky. And it's too big and thirsty for most. How could it still be selling - bad looks and impractical? And a Ford?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually sales of the Navigator are holding steady to what they were last year and sales of the expeditions are up by over 50 percent. If you can afford a car like this, gas mileage is not an issue.
      • 7 Years Ago
      While I hate the looks of the Navi and would never buy one if I'm looking for a car in this segment, does anyone else see the irony in bashing the Navi as just a rebadged Expedition and then praising the Lexus LX?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hate SUVs ever since I had to drive my friends expedition around and a F150 to haul my motorcyles. But I hate nothing more than LUX UVS, ugh, and this one is just a chromed up Expedition with some leather just hideous
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well it will always be more gangster than anything Lexus/Infinity/Acura can barf out. I'd rather pull up to a stoplight in an all blacked out Navi than anything else...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Considering cheaper ML and RX350 already have power liftgate, it's about time Ford update its electronics.Ford really has to toss in a lot of goodies in this large SUV segment wth the popularity of Escalade (they do look good).

      http://www.easyrelease.com
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Aww, all the jealous import boys are upset. Because your local Lexus dealer's answer to the Navigator and Escalade is a pathetic ancient POS with no style. Hmm awards for the interior..hmm high quality...hmm...nothing for Lexus. Aww. This version of the Navigator is nice! If I only had 50k-60k to spend.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Bryan
        Bryan, I have always admired the Toyota LandCruiser and Lexus LX. Always a bit more than I wanted to spend. The photos of the 2008 versions are hideous.

        Tell me if I'm wrong, but I believe the Landcruiser/LX is the last Toyota product sold in the U.S. that is solely manufactured in Japan.... or is that no longer the case?

        I'm not a fan boy of any manufacturer. I'm a fan of quality, luxury and style. The midsize Lexus SUV is a snore, which is why I chose the Aviator.

        Right now, possible new vehicles to replace my Aviator are.. 2009 Infiniti FX37, 2009 Lincoln Mark LT, Toyota Tundra Limited, 2009 Buick Enclave with V8 and 21 or 22inch wheels, rumored Lexus midsized CUV,
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Bryan
        Thank you.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Bryan
        I'm sorry you've reverted to weak slams on a great vehicle. Perhaps you should've shot yourself in the foot before you it was in your mouth. It's fairly apparent that you have little to no experience with the LX model, much less drive time.

        The interior is superb and crafted just as well IF NOT better than its American counterparts. The ride quality is great, and it kicks ass off road to boot (something that neither of the vehicles you mentioned are ready to do). You may argue that these vehicles will never see anything more than a gravel road. But if i'm shelling out 60k + for an SUV, it had better be capable.

        Style? The Lexus is well refined, simple, and smooth. A Lexus isn't supposed to jump out of you. They dont need to doll it up with chrome and oversized wheels to grab attention. The vehicle speaks for itself.

        Perhaps the LX chassis is ancient by todays standards, but its had no problem putting the Escalade and Navigator to shame since they were released. Is still doing a fine job as well.

        Taking such low shots at a great vehicle was *pathetic*, low quality? Give me a break. Hop back in your sunfire fanboy.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Bryan
        Very well said, Preston.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, a body-colored front end package...bold moves!
        • 7 Years Ago
        That was one of the funnier things I've read in a while!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Here's a bold move...get rid of the sluggish 5.4L.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A Ford wagon dressed in DRAG for a Halloween party! NEAVEAU RICHE!
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is a design that could only be conceived of in Detroit.

      It is truly amazing how Ford could f*ck up a pretty nice looking vehicle with the 2007 redesign. The 2008 changes were made to ameliorate this but it is like putting lipstick on a pig.

      Yet another BOLD MOVE from the geniuses in Dearborn.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey Mike G - FYI YTD Sales through July for the Navigator are up 5.7% in a shrinking segment. Navigator also was the winner in Ward's "Interior of the Year".

      Oh and Lincoln is Ranked 3rd in Inital Quality from JD Power

      You Lost your bet....
        • 7 Years Ago
        Interior of the year, what a coveted award! What an outstanding showing from Lincoln! Gargantuan discounts couldn't have anything at all to do with increased sales, could they? Oh, and JD Power is such an authority on these matters...second only to Forbes!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Still quite possibly one of the ugliest, tackiest, biggest embarassments to American civilization of modern times. I would like to personally thank Ford Motor Company for encouraging other countries to hate us.
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