The Navigator is not only Lincoln's longest-serving nameplate – dating back to 1998 when the final Town Car was introduced – but it's also the oldest model still in the brand's portfolio. The current Navigator arrived on the market in 2007, and underwent a refresh just a few months ago for the 2015 model year. The updates were subtle, but if you're waiting for an all-new model, it's just a couple of years down the road.

According to Automotive News, Lincoln is already working on an all-new replacement for the current, long-serving Navigator, which will be revealed two years from now in the middle of 2016 as a 2017 model. At that point, we're expecting it could switch (alongside the Expedition) to the new aluminum architecture introduced on the Ford F-150, seeing as how the current model is based on the old F-150.

In the meantime, the refreshed Navigator ditches the big 5.4-liter Triton V8 in favor of a more economical 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, and wages war in two wheelbase lengths against the V8-powered competition in the form of the Cadillac Escalade (and Escalade ESV), the Land Cruiser-based Lexus LX and the Infiniti QX80, which is based on the overseas Nissan Patrol.


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      tenspeeder
      • 4 Months Ago

      My BBQ grille is smaller than that Lincoln grill. Cue up the steaks!

      Hugh Lokey
      • 4 Months Ago

      This thing is simply a very ugly re-badged Ford Expedition and anyone who buys one either has more money than brains or has stopped taking their meds.  The new CEO at Ford should track down whoever it was that came up with and approved the idea of making Lincolns look like beached Balin whale and toss them out on their butts!

      express2day
      • 4 Months Ago

      Why is this news?  It has been known for a long time that an all-new Navigator replacement was in the works for 2016/2017.

        Carpinions
        • 4 Months Ago
        @express2day

        Perhaps because the point may be that the new styling is changing very soon after it hits the market...?

      Larry Litmanen
      • 4 Months Ago
      Gillete, the best a Man can get.
        camshaft
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen

        Had to laugh. Even went with the bold font. Upvote.

      thegreatsb
      • 4 Months Ago

      And let me guess...

      Will the replacement be called "MKN"?

        express2day
        • 4 Months Ago
        @thegreatsb

        Probably not.  Both Lincoln and Cadillac have kept word names for their full-size SUVs.  I don't see that likely changing.


        If they would only bring back word names for their car models!!!

      Brian Regan
      • 4 Months Ago

      I know I'm in a minority but I actually really like the refreshed design.  

      Joseph Siracuse
      • 4 Months Ago

      Ford management is doing a great job but if they want to revive the Lincoln brand they need to do something revolutionary to differentiate it from the other luxury brands. Too often Lincolns are viewed as souped versions of Fords other vehicles.  As they reduce the number of platforms they are using it's a valid point.  Maybe they should move Lincoln into using all aluminum body's like their new F150.  They could justify the move because the cars are at a higher price point and give them a new marketing edge.

      Carpinions
      • 4 Months Ago

      Navigator is the longest-serving Lincoln model name *ever*? Or in the last 20 years? The Mark series, which extended from the mid-50s and late 60s to the late 90s should be the longest ever for Lincoln.

        Card13
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Carpinions

        The longest that is serving. There are clearly others that were longer served. 

      john m
      • 4 Months Ago

      That's good to hear.  This version isn't bad, it's just not good (competitive)  and I think Lincoln realizes that.  I can't wait to see the next Navigator.  To me, the Navigator before the refresh was THE WORST looking vehicle on the road.  It was a joke styling wise, inside and out!  It's now better than it was and I think the next one will be really nice.  If anyone likes this current version, good for you and I have a feeling you'll be able to get a good deal on it.  Buy it now before the all new one comes out because when that happens, you won't get as good a price on it obviously.

      fabianbond
      • 4 Months Ago

      Good! Lincoln might actually recover after all

      Robert Moore
      • 4 Months Ago

      I like the refresh, even if its just for a short time.

      Brian
      • 4 Months Ago

      When I can get the Expedition with an aluminum body lightening it up nearly 1000 lbs and an Ecoboost motor, which combined, should improve MPG dramatically.  I'll trade in my current SUV and BUY IT!  My current V8 SUV gets 15-18mpg, and I'm not trading it until I can get the same capability with MPG in the 20+ range.  Still has to hold 8 people comfortably and still has to be capable of towing 9000+ lbs.

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