The 2007 Lincoln Navigator receives a major freshening to compete with the all-new 2007 Cadillac Escalade. Lincoln also is introducing the Navigator L extended wheelbase, which will compete against the Escalade ESV. The biggest upgrade is a new front end that brings a larger, more pronounced grille with lots of chrome, and a "powerdome" hood. Inside also is improved, with all-new seating, new features, and a new look that is reminiscent of the Lincoln Zephyr sedan. The 2007 Navigator rides on an all-new frame, but retains its independent suspension for excellent ride and handling characteristics.
The Premium Utility segment is growing more competitive each year. The new Navigator L is the extended-wheelbase version of the Navigator, and is 14.7 inches longer overall, with a 12-inch increase in wheelbase, which contributes to 25 cubic feet more cargo volume behind the third-row seat. Up front, a new grille features integrated High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights that are brighter and spread a broader light pattern on the road for better night visibility. On the side of the vehicle, more chrome is found in the strip that sports the Navigator badging. Navigator keeps its power-deployable running boards, which fold out when the door opens to allow for easy entry and exit, and then slips underneath the body when the door is closed.
Have seats always been an important part of SUV luxury At Lincoln, that's a big yes, since there's a guy who owns the title of "Manager of SUV Seats." Lincoln aims to provide a soft cushion as soon as the customer sits down, along with good overall support. The standard 10-way power driver and front passenger seats comfortably accommodate people of all sizes. Front-seat occupants enjoy Navigator's next-generation trademarked heated and cooled seats.
The horsepower and torque figures on the 2007 model remain the same, even with the added weight of the L version, which might be a problem when filled to capacity. The frame has been stiffened to help reduce squeaks and rattles, and to improve ride quality. The overall noise, vibration, and harshness have been reduced, thanks to extra sound-deadening materials throughout the cabin, including an acoustic windshield and thicker glass, as well as an improved outside rearview mirror design that reduces interior wind noise.
The Lincoln Navigator competes in the Large Premium Utility segment, which consists of 13 models. Buyers in this segment look for exterior styling, performance, and comfort, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Cadillac Escalade (39,017 units sold), Lincoln Navigator (23,947), and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (18,776). The Lincoln Navigator's 23,947 sales in 2006 represent a decrease of 7.3 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Large Premium Utility segment include the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Cadillac Escalade ESV, HUMMER H2, Land Rover Range Rover, and Infiniti QX-Series. Joining the segment in 2007 are the Lincoln Navigator L, and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and GL-Class.