We Hear: Navigator To Go EcoBoost in 2012, Lincoln To Get New Lineup by 2016
Lincoln to revamp its entire lineup in the coming years, and it will add an EcoBoost engine under the hood of the Navigator.
When Lincoln introduced the Navigator in 1998, it beat arch-rival Cadillac to market with a large luxury SUV by a solid year. But it didn't take long for Caddy to catch up, and the hip-hop star Escalade hasn't looked back since. But don't count the Navigator out yet. According to Automotive News, Lincoln will be revamping its entire lineup in the coming years, and it will add an EcoBoost engine under the hood of the Navigator.
The first of Lincoln's refreshed vehicles are expected to be the both the Navigator and the MKT. Automotive News predicts that the Navigator will get a refresh along with its Ford Expedition platform mate in 2012. While a full-fledged redesign is on hold, the Navigator is expected to gain the same engines as the Ford F-150, including its popular 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6.
The MKT is also expected to get a light facelift in either 2012 or 2013. The facelift (as the name implies) will entail changes to its baleen whale grille and its taillights. It is also expected that the revised MKT will get a slightly updated interior. Automotive News is also reporting that Ford had considered scrapping the MKT after 2014 and replacing it with a vehicle based on the new Ford Explorer, before deciding to target the taxi and livery markets that Ford is abandoning with the discontinuation of the Lincoln Town Car and Ford Crown Victoria. Ford is allegedly currently debating adding another large more all-terrain oriented crossover in addition to the MKT.
All-new for 2013 will be a small Lincoln crossover based on the next-generation Ford Escape/Kuga. While there aren't many more details available on the 2013 Lincoln small crossover, we do know that it will be based on the same platform as the current-generation Ford Focus. A Lincoln crossover will likely be similar in execution to the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, offering customers a stylish, if slightly impractical soft roader with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 standard, and potentially a bigger EcoBoost engine as well.
In 2014, Lincoln is expected to redesign the recently-refreshed MKX crossover. The MKX's formula shouldn't change drastically, as it has proven relatively successful for Lincoln. The 2014 MKX will be built on Ford's global mid-sized platform along with the next Ford Edge.
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