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New grill and powertrain coming
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January 22, 2014
By: Austin Rutherford

Photo via Twitter user @CliffordAtiyeh

*Update: Reportedly, unveiling has been pushed back to Chicago in a few weeks*

During the process of analyzing the market and the products to come due to the requirements of CAFE legislation, the Lincoln Navigator narrowly missed the copping block as Ford looked how they would comply with the new law. During this process, mid-cycle enhancements planned for both the Navigator and its twin, the Ford Expedition, were put on hold. In the end, Ford decided to keep the nameplates alive by merging their future development into the development of the all-new F-150. However, these all-new full-size SUVs will not arrive for another two years. The solution: launch the facelifts to give a spark of life to the models until the all-new, aluminum extensive versions are ready. Two teasers have now been released showing grill details for the new Lincoln Navigator, which will be officially unveiled tomorrow.

The teasers show that the 2015 model will gain the bow-wave grill, which debuted on the second generation MkZ and further on the 2015 MkC. The Navigator's grill, however, is less curved in the edges than the other models. This is likely due to trying to match the grill to the boxy exterior. Overall the shape of the grill gives a feeling of the Mexico-only Lincoln Mark LT. The headlights show LED-strip detailing, as does the running lights. The hood appears to have lost the so called "power dome" design cue in favor a more flattened design.

Do not expect any changes to the side profile as this was a rather last-ditch facelift until the all-new model. The taillights and tailgate have said to gone through some design changes as well, but we will have to wait until tomorrow or another leak to see the design.

The interior also is expected to receive a thorough remodeling, but again, no pictures have been released at this time.

The bigger news will be the expected new powertrain(s) coming under the hood. Expect the old 5.4L V8 Triton to bite the dust in favor of the 3.5L V6 EcoBoost and possibly another engine.

Stay tuned tomorrow for further details and pictures of the 2015 Navigator.

 

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Hmmm... well, it is eye-catching if nothing else! Considering there apparently weren't many changes to the body, they couldn't go too swoopy with the front on such a boxy vehicle, so this might be not too bad once fully revealed. I'm staying optimistic!
 

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I thought they were going to use a more round front like the MKC, I think they had to do something with the front, this looks just like a last time job...................is there any time to redesign it until tomorrow?? hahaha
 

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Surprise! I just commented elsewhere that at the Detroit show, the 'gator was relegated to a far corner and only a SWB model at that. It's as if Lincoln was ashamed of it. I hope this update is a good one inside and out.
 

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I honestly like it, mostly because they are working with the original design and not clashing with it. But this color is horrible.

I'm curious to see how far they've gone on the interior, the new Expedition recycles the dashboard top, I'm hoping the Navigator didn't do the same since it has that horrible 1970's dual binnacle design.

Either way, this is mediocre stuff and not really acceptable and we can only hope better is around the corner....although it seems that corner never comes. It's hard being a Lincoln fan...kinda like being a Lions fan. Maybe someday it will pay off...but not any day soon.
 

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The Escalade has nothing to worry about, not much to see here really. The front end looks.....sad not in terms of stupidity but rather the emotion it looks and appears to feel sad. especially the frown lower grille and the headlight grille relationship. Hopefully the interior as well as the rear styling make up for this lackluster front end because so far im not diggin it.
 

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I like it. Good Job if we think that Lincoln is working with a very old and squared vehicle. The best part of this reveal? No new stupid "MK Something" name. This big suv keep its name. And i like it
 

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Now I think they should have presented the Navi before the MKC because the MKC is a going forward in terms of design...this Navi I'm not sure now........did Max Wolff design this???
 

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Now I think they should have presented the Navi before the MKC because the MKC is a going forward in terms of design...this Navi I'm not sure now........did Max Wolff design this???

Wolff design? No lo creo José. Is dont think so. This is a very secundary work in charge of some rocky designer at Lincoln.I can imagine Max Wolff bored, aproving this design with a single and short sigth to the sketches...
 

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Wolff design? No lo creo José. Is dont think so. This is a very secundary work in charge of some rocky designer at Lincoln.I can imagine Max Wolff bored, aproving this design with a single and short sigth to the sketches...
good point, F.L.
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I wanted to say (again) earlier that we don't know who in FLincMoCo is really behind this...
...I'm not convinced that a higher-up wouldn't over-rule Max
 
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