Update: Lincoln has officially unveiled the the 2015 Navigator.
Not unlike the rest of the brand’s lineup, the Lincoln Navigator isn’t selling like hotcakes. And since the competition is not about to let up, Lincoln needs to do something to keep its full-size luxury SUV competitive. That’s what it’s doing with the refreshed (not all-new) 2015 Navigator that’s scheduled to debut tomorrow. But since today isn’t tomorrow (yet), all we have to go off so far are three images, one from Twitter and two from Instagram, which we did our best to enhance in an effort to get a better look at at the update.
From the looks of it, the refreshed Navigator will sport a new front end that’s, to put it mildly, different than that of the current model. Outside of that, we expect the mid-cycle refresh to deliver an update to the rear end, along with a series of updates to the full-sizer’s trim levels, options, and standard equipment. A change-up in the powertrain department is also a possibility, with Ford’s highly-acclaimed twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 replacing the current Navi’s 5.4-liter SOHC Triton V8 .
To note, the Navigator hasn’t enjoyed anywhere near the market success of its cross-town rival, the Cadillac Escalade: the big Linc sold a paltry 942 units in December 2013, down 12.9 percent from December 2012, compared to the Escalade’s 2,311 units sold (Escalade, Escalade EXT, and ESV). The story is similar for full year 2013, during which 8,613 units of the Navigator were sold, compared to 22,514 units of the Escalade (in its three body variants). So here’s to hoping that the 2015 Navigator and its various mid-cycle enhancements bring more fortune to the Navigator’s sales results, because the impending arrival of the all-new 2015 Escalade as well as the availability of the competitive Infiniti QX80 and Lexus LX570 certainly won’t make its life any easier.
We’ll have more on the 2015 Navigator as soon as it’s unveiled tomorrow, and we also expect the 2015 Expedition, the Navi’s Ford-badged brother, to sport similar changes down the road.