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Next Lincoln Navigator to Ditch V8 for V6 EcoBoost

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The current Lincoln Navigator is one of the many choices available to those looking for a full-sized SUV. So far, its top-spec engine option has been a 5.4-liter V8 engine, which makes 310hp and 365 lb-ft (495 Nm), but for the next generation model, the eight-cylinder unit will be dropped in favor of a smaller and more powerful V6 EcoBoost unit, according to a Motortrend magazine report.

If the V6 is carried over from the F150 pick-up, the 3.5-liter twin-turbo unit will make 365 hp and 410 lb-ft (555 Nm) of torque. MotorTrend suggests that if Lincoln doesn't make the new Navigator significantly lighter (which they probably will, given current fuel prices), then a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time of around 6.5 seconds is to be expected.

All of the above numbers, combined with the promise of better fuel efficiency mean the Navigator will still be a relevant vehicle, on a US market share where diesels are gaining more and more acceptance (BMW and Mercedes-Benz already offer diesel versions).

Worth noting is the fact that while the next Navigator will be sharing many of its mechanical components with the next Ford Expedition, the latter will still get a V8 option, which will almost match the power and torque figures of the smaller V6 (around 360hp). Still, both the Expedition and the Navigator will most likely share the same base engine, a 3.7-liter V6 with 302 hp.

By Andrei Nedelea


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6 Comments:

Copilot said... »March 12, 2013

How about just ditching the Navigator altogether?

Frank said... »March 12, 2013

"its top-spec engine option has been a 5.0-liter V8 engine, which makes 310hp and 365 lb-ft (495 Nm)." That would be the 5.4L, not 5.0L.

Seriously said... »March 12, 2013

I dont get all the hype about the ecoboost V6 so far its just proven that it gets V8 gas mileage that added with the extra complexity of having two turbos and the down the road additional maintenance why wouldnt you just buy a V8? It pretty much is getting the same epa ratings as the HEMI V8 in 5.7 and 6.4 liter form..........

I had no idea... said... »March 12, 2013

Lincoln still makes this polished turd? WTF!

500normal said... »March 13, 2013

Who buys these???

psiqtas said... »March 13, 2013

Wrong decision - turbocharged engines aren't the same as n/a...

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