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Automotive News (subscription required) reports that Lincoln’s next Navigator will likely adopt an aluminum body to help shed the pounds. Further weight savings will likely come from a platform loosely based on the one in the all-new 2015 Ford F-150, which incorporates high-strength steel. The 2015 F-150 also features an aluminum body, helping it to save as much as 700 pounds over the weight of its predecessor, and similar savings should be possible with the new Navigator.
Given Lincoln’s decision to drop the V-8 option from its Navigator for 2015, don’t expect it to be offered in the new one. However, we could see a new hybrid drivetrain offered alongside a V-6 EcoBoost unit. The transmission should be a new 10-speed automatic Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] is currently developing with General Motors Company [NYSE:GM].
The technological updates should help the new Navigator in what is now a much tougher segment compared to the vehicle’s glory days of the previous decade. Key rivals in the full-size luxury SUV segment include the Cadillac Escalade, Land Rover Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and an upcoming BMW X7.
It’s too early to talk styling, but Lincoln’s recent MKX concept likely provides some clues. But before the new Navigator arrives, Lincoln will introduce a new MKX (2015), an updated version of the MKZ (2016) and a replacement for the MKS (2016 or '17).