What's New for 2015:
- Extensive exterior restyling gives new look to front and rear
- Twin-turbocharged V-6 engine replaces V-8
- Optional Lincoln Drive Control
- Optional Continuously Controlled Damping suspension
- Optional blind-spot information system
- New Reserve package features 22-in. wheels, premium cabin materials
The 2015 Lincoln Navigator is the brand's full-size, 8-passenger luxury SUV. The Navigator shares a platform with the Ford Explorer and competes with luxury SUVs such as the Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, and the GMC Yukon Denali. The 2015 model is available in regular- and extended-length styles, the latter featuring considerably more cargo space.Models and Features
The exterior of the Lincoln Navigator has been extensively restyled for 2015, particularly at the front end, which boasts the Lincoln-signature split-wing grille design that most other Lincoln models display, plus a revamped hood that complements the grille. Standard exterior features include adaptive xenon HID headlights with LED running lights; fog lights; revised power tailgate with LED taillights; power-folding running boards; heavy-duty tow package; redesigned 20-in. machined-face aluminum wheels; and new welcome lighting that illuminates the ground below the front doors.
The interior features a new steering wheel wrapped in premium leather and wood, and slight updates and reconfigurations of the control panel. Standard equipment includes heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second-row captain's chairs. Standard equipment carrying over from the previous model year includes power-folding third-row seats; dual-zone automatic climate control; leather upholstery; heated and ventilated 8-way power front seats; second-row captains' chairs; navigation system; an 8-in. touch screen to interface with the electronics system (which includes a 14-speaker surround-sound system); and power-adjustable pedals. Regular-length Navigators provide between 18.1 cu. ft. and 103.3 cu. ft. of space, depending on how many passengers are carried, while the longer 2015 Navigator L delivers a minimum of 42.6 cu. ft. behind the third-row seat and a maximum of 128.2 cu. ft. of cargo volume with both rear rows folded down.Options and Packages
The Reserve package of options includes 22-in. polished aluminum wheels, chrome-accented running boards, power sunroof, ultra-premium leather covering much of the interior, and Ziricote natural-grain wood trim. Individual options include a sunroof, wheel options, and a center console between the standard second-row captain's chairs, which can be replaced with a 40/20/40 split-bench seat that brings seating capacity up to 8. A new passive keyless entry system with push-button starting is available; so is a next-generation MyLincoln Touch connectivity and infotainment system, which provides traditional knobs and buttons for operating the stereo and climate control systems. A dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system is also available for the new Navigator, with monitors embedded into the front-seat head restraints.Under the Hood
For the 2015 model year, Lincoln has dropped the Navigator's formerly standard V-8 engine in favor of a new twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter, EcoBoost V-6 engine. The new engine cranks out 380 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque; it works with a 6-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive (2WD), and a Control Trac 4-wheel-drive (4WD) system.
Additional mechanical updates include standard electric steering, hill-start assist, hill-descent assist, and an optional Lincoln Drive Control system offering Comfort, Normal, and Sport driving modes. A Continuously Controlled Damping suspension is included with Lincoln Drive Control, which delivers a smoother and improved ride quality than the 2014 model, according to Lincoln. An independent rear suspension with load-leveling shock absorbers is also standard.Fuel Economy
According to the EPA, the 2015 Lincoln Navigator with 2WD gets 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined. With 4WD, the figures are 15/20/17 mpg. The long-wheelbase version returns 15/20/17 mpg with 2WD, and 15/19/16 mpg with 4WD.Safety Ratings and Technology
A new reversing camera is standard equipment for the 2015 Lincoln Navigator, and a blind-spot information system is optional. The MyLincoln Touch system with Sync connectivity includes a 911 Assist feature that kicks in whenever the air bags deploy, if a smartphone that it's paired to is in the vehicle. (This includes a no-cost subscription.)
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2015 Navigator 5 stars (its highest rating) for overall protection. The Navigator gets 5 stars for front and side crash protection, and 3 for rollover resistance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not yet published its safety ratings for the 2015 Lincoln Navigator.