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2015 Lincoln Navigator Preview

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Pros: This is the largest, most comfortable and most capable Lincoln in the fleet, yet is typically less expensive than comparable rivals. Plus, of the full-size SUVs on the market, Lincoln arguably has the most balanced design. Eight people can lounge in sumptuous comfort in the Navigator or stretch out even more in the long-wheelbase Navigator L. The new EcoBoost should give sales, well, a boost.

Cons: The Navigator feels big from the driver seat and as such proves difficult to manoeuvre. The transmission is a 6-speed unit while competitors are moving towards seven or more gears.

2015 Lincoln Navigator Price: The base MSRP is listed as $75,110, while the Navigator L carries a sticker price of $78,110.

2015 Lincoln Navigator Fuel Economy: The Navigator achieves 16.2L/100km in the city and 11.8L/100km on the highway. In the case of the Navigator L, the last number jumps to 12.3L/100km.

Improvements and Changes: The redesigned 2015 Lincoln Navigator features new front and rear styling as well as a refreshed interior. More importantly, perhaps, it replaces the obsolete 5.4L SOHC V8 with a new 3.5L EcoBoost V6 that improves both power and fuel economy.

Capacities:
• Navigator:
Maximum towing capacity is listed as 3,946 kg (8,860 lb).
Maximum volume behind the third row is 513 litres, and with the third-row folded down is 1,541 litres.

• Navigator L:
Maximum towing capacity is 3,810 kg (8,555 lb).
Maximum volume behind the third row is 1,206 litres, and with the third-row folded down is 2,443 litres. 

Powertrain: The 2015 Lincoln Navigator uses a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 that produces 380 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission with four-wheel drive is the only drivetrain option with the Navigator.

Safety: Dual front, front-seat side impact and full-length side curtain airbags are standard along with four-wheel disc brakes, ABS, traction control, stability control, roll mitigation control, hill-start and hill-descent assist systems. Forward and reverse sensing systems alert the driver of impending dangers. Adaptive cruise control, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and rear door child-proof locks, as well as the LATCH system to anchor child seats are all standard.

Comparing the 2015 Lincoln Navigator: Alternatives include the Land Rover Range Rover, Lexus LX, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Infiniti QX80, and Cadillac Escalade.