true hbmf3, some parts of the article that I like:Motortrend online has a decent "First Drive" of the 2015 Navigator. The writer is impressed with the dramatically improved performance and especially likes the 2015 Navigator L. I think the writer believes this is a competent interim Navigator until it's replacement arrives! :thumb:
Anyhow, compared to the 6.2-liter V-8 you’d find in the Cadillac Escalade, it’s all Lincoln. Sure, on paper the Caddy’s got more power (420 hp compared to 380 hp) and the same amount of torque. From behind the wheel, however, the Lincoln’s more gutsy. All that torque down so low in the rev range is just awesome. The Navigator feels mightier than the Escalade
The leather is fairly high-end, too. I could actually smell it from outside the vehicle when the door was opened. Smelled nice.
Step up to the 131-inch Navigator L, find a freeway, stick her in Comfort mode, and you’d swear you’re actually behind the wheel of a 1972 Continental. All that’s missing are the pleated seats. That extra foot seems to correct every ride-quality issue I have with the standard length Navigator. You’d think that the bigger car would feel slower or drive worse, but honestly it just feels like a more luxurious vehicle. That right there is yet another advantage of having all that gooey torque available almost immediately and so low in the rev range
this I don't like and I hope they are wrong:
Especially as this Navigator will probably be around until 2019 and beyond.
.....but even then the Navigator’s ride -- despite the independent rear suspension -- just isn’t as smooth as it should be. There’s an awful lot of chatter and fidgety heaving all coming from the rear of the car. Having the IRS is still a packaging breakthrough, allowing fully flat folding rear seats. The independent rear end also gives the Navigator a much roomier third row than the competition from Cadillac. But the ride should be better.