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Big SUVs like the Lincoln Navigator have been in fashion, and then awkwardly out of it, but that doesn't mean they're an extinct species. The diehards -- Land Cruiser, Range Rover, GL-Class, Escalade, and Navigator -- live on, and in a couple of instances, are living better than ever.
In recent years, the Navigator has seemed a bit like a relic in the Lincoln lineup. It was as if the Navi was a model that the brand, after purging the Town Car sedan, couldn't quite figure out what to do with. But now for 2015 the Navigator finds a fresh direction: with some new details from front end to tailgate, a new infotainment system, and a new, more fuel-efficient (and stronger) twin-turbo engine packed into its mega-sized dimensions.
The Navigator is of an advanced age--that is a nice way of saying it's old, correct? Even though it's been around in its basic form for nearly a decade, it's still charming in its big-boy stance. What's not entirely charming is the latest layer of grillework that attempts to modernize the look, to fit in with other Lincolns and their twin-wing grilles.
The grille's slimmer, its wings split like those on the Lincoln MKZ sedan and refactored along with the hood for a less showy, still imposing presence. The Navigator's LED accent lighting squares off its headlamps, linking it subtly with the Land Rover Range Rover, and LEDs work with cutlines to lower the rear end visually.
With its new twin-turbo V-6, the Navigator pulls back into contention with trucks like the Escalade, Yukon, and GL-Class. The 3.5-liter engine kicks out more power and torque than its predecessor and makes the Expedition truly quick--and appealing to listen to. The six generates 380 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and some of the car-nut magazines have registered 0-60 mph times at less than six seconds.
In terms of interior space, the Navigator is essentially unchanged. Like the Expedition and other SUVs in this class, the Navigator is offered in both standard and extended-wheelbase editions. The Navigator sits at 207.4 inches long; the Navigator L adds 14.9 inches of overall length for a total of 222.3 inches, while doling out an additional 24.9 cubic feet of cargo space. Standard-wheelbase models have 103.3 cubic feet of interior space; long-wheelbase versions have 128.2 cubic feet. Power-fold capability means the third row can be quickly and easily stowed when not in use.
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