In response to GM's pending launch of not one, but three new (related) full-size SUVs, including the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon and Chevy Tahoe/Suburban, Ford has prepared a redesign for its luxury-orientated Lincoln Navigator, which according to a purportedly official document that surfaced online, will occur tomorrow, January 23.
Along with the text that outlines the changes for the 2015 Navigator, Lincoln itself posted a dark teaser of the large SUV on its Instagram page.
From what we understand, it will be a facelift and not an all-new model, sporting redesigned front and rear ends, and an updated interior that will benefit from FoMoCo's latest tech goods.
More importantly, the document confirms previous rumors that Lincoln will introduce its 3.5-liter V6 turbocharged EcoBoost gasoline engine to the lineup, though, it's not clear yet if it will replace or complement the existing 5.4-liter V8 engine.
You can read the release that was shared on FordInsideNews in full below.
Update: Reader Allan C. who tipped us the first time on the 2015 Navigator, sent us a second teaser photo released on Lincoln's social media pages
[From Lincoln Release]
Breaking Lincoln News:
Tomorrow, Jan. 23, we will publicly debut the new 2015 Lincoln Navigator, which offers a fresh interpretation of the classic vehicle with updated exterior and interior design as well as powertrain enhancements. The redesigned front end is more chiseled and features Lincoln’s signature split-wing grille.
The interior enhancements in the Navigator also will provide significant benefits to our customers, including best-in-class cargo volume and capability, push-button start, SYNC with MyLincoln Touch, the new Lincoln steering wheel wrapped in Walsdorf leather and the new Reserve Package, which Includes 22-inch wheels and ultra-luxurious leather with premium Ziricote wood trim.
Navigator also will receive more power and fuel efficiency with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. This powertrain enhancement along with available Lincoln Drive Control with Continuously Controlled Damping, electric power-assisted steering and puddle lamps that create a welcome mat below both front doors offer a new level of elegance will provide existing and new customers with a powerful upgrade that is desired in this segment.
Visit the Lincoln Tab on @FordOnline tomorrow for more details on the 2015 MY Navigator.
But before it goes public, you are invited to see the new Navigator firsthand. Please stop by the WHQ Auditorium today between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Lincoln team members will be there to answer your questions.
Wildly popular when it was first introduced in the late 1990s, Navigator led the luxury SUV segment for more than a decade and still remains one of the most recognizable nameplates in the Lincoln lineup.
With the changes you see in the new Navigator today, we are confident that we will continue to be competitive in the segment. You can expect to see the new 2015 Navigator in dealer showrooms this fall.