Ford Greening Its Lincoln Navigator

To save gas, the Lincoln Navigator will lose its V8 in favor of an EcoBoost V6.

Lincoln announced it will introduce its new 2015 Navigator at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 6.

For the 2015 model year, exterior design changes are accentuated by the reintroduction of Lincoln’s split-wing grille. Behind that grille, Lincoln is replacing the 5.4-liter V8 that has powered the Navigator for years with a more powerful and fuel-efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine.

The twin turbocharged, direct injection engine is projected by Lincoln to deliver at least 370 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, according to preliminary test data. Final numbers will be available closer to production as will be fuel consumption ratings.

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The 3.5-liter EcoBoost is also projected by Lincoln to deliver best-in-class towing and will be combined to a six-speed automatic transmission with Lincoln’s SelectShift, which allows the driver to manually control gears if desired. The vehicle will be available in both four-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive configurations.

The Navigator will offer Hill Start/Descent Assist. When parked on a hill with a grade of five degrees or more, the vehicle remains stationary for up to two seconds after the driver releases the brake pedal.

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Navigators will still be offered in two body lengths and will continue to offer Nivomat, a load-leveling system that automatically raises a loaded rear end to optimum ride height for improved handling. The mechanical leveling system helps reduce uneven wear on front and rear tires and helps maintain better vehicle aerodynamics.

Lincoln also stated production of the 2015 Navigator is scheduled to begin late this summer at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Ky., and vehicles are due in Lincoln showrooms in early fall.

The original Lincoln Navigator, here model-year 1998.

The original Lincoln Navigator, here model-year 1998.