The Lincoln Navigator is the premium full-size sport utility vehicle that created the class.
On the heels of a new powertrain last year and a complete redesign in 2003, appearance and equipment packaging improvements for 2006 ensure that it will continue to provide the kind of leadership that has earned it high owner loyalty.
An extensive list of luxury and convenience features provides a comfortable experience for Navigator’s occupants. These features include available heated- and-cooled front seats, power deploying running boards, power-folding seats in the third row and a power liftgate.
The powerful 5.4-liter three-valve V-8 and segment-exclusive six-speed automatic transmission provide relaxed power on dem and, while the refined exterior and interior mix design cues from Lincoln’s rich heritage with modern finishes and white light-emitting-diode technology. The exclusive AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ system is st andard equipment.
Navigator comes in Luxury and Ultimate trim levels and in 4x2 and 4x4 configurations. It is built in Wayne, Mich.
Design and Equipment
Navigator’s distinctive design, updated for 2005, includes a number of industry-first features and options that improve comfort, convenience and utility.
This year’s changes include the new Elite Package of popular equipment choices as well as several new color options later in the model year.
Navigator continues to offer first-in-the-industry power deployable running boards that quietly deploy a full four inches from the rocker panel when a door is opened, then retract automatically when the door is closed. A power-folding third row seat is st andard equipment, and a power liftgate that can raise or lower the door on comm and is also available.
The interior mixes American burl walnut, premium leather trim, satin nickel finishes and white light-emitting-diode lighting to create a luxurious and contemporary cabin.
The optional Lincoln Soundmark THX-Certified audio system offers DVD-based navigation with voice activation, a touch-screen system interface and an in-dash six-disc CD changer.
Powertrain and Chassis
Navigator’s 300-horsepower, 5.4-liter, 3-valve V-8 engine with 365 pound-feet of torque is mated to a premium six-speed ZF automatic transmission. The Lincoln Navigator is the only domestic full-size SUV equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission. This premium transmission provides increased refinement and better fuel economy than the typical four- or five-speed automatic. The transmission is also currently used on Jaguar’s flagship XJ sedan - providing an example of the synergies between Ford Motor Company br ands.
The engine features variable-valve timing and computer-controlled charge motion control valves for torque across the rev range and maximum horsepower with premium gas. Sound-damping actions, customized for the Navigator with the aid of computer analysis, help to make this refined engine even quieter in operation.
Navigator’s refined ride and h andling are direct benefits of its four-wheel independent suspension, rack- and-pinion steering and stiff frame.
With the optional heavy duty towing package, Navigator can tow up to 8,600 pounds when properly equipped. Both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive versions are available.
Safety and Security
The Lincoln Navigator has a legacy of industry-leading safety.
AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control is st andard on all Navigators. Unlike any other system in the world, Roll Stability Control features roll-rate sensing and correcting capability, offering assistance to the driver in maintaining vehicle control during extreme maneuvers. The system automatically engages counter measures to help the driver maintain maximum control and further reduce the risk of rollover.
Navigator’s well-balanced chassis, precise steering and powerful brakes provide the first measure of defense in emergencies: controllability. If a collision is unavoidable, a robust frame and a comprehensive portfolio of safety features help protect the driver and passengers.
Additional safety features include Safety Canopy™ system, dual front air bags and a st andard tire-pressure monitoring system.
Major Features and Options
Luxury: 300-horsepower V-8 with six-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, fold-flat third-row seat, power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, four-corner load-leveling air suspension, Class III trailer tow capability, keyless entry, extended rear park assist, tire-pressure monitoring system, power heated and power folding signal mirrors with puddle lamps, accessory power delay, SecuriLock™ dual electronic automatic temperature control, AM/FM audiophile sound system with in-dash six-disc CD changer (includes front sail-mounted tweeters and subwoofer), automatic headlamps, analog clock, power windows with driver’s express up/down feature, auto-dimming rearview mirror, steering-wheel-mounted audio and climate controls, leather seating surfaces (first and second row), eight-way power driver’s and passenger’s seat, driver’s-side memory with power-adjustable pedals, color-keyed steering wheel trimmed in leather and wood and universal garage door opener.
Ultimate adds: Power-operated liftgate, power moon roof, heated and cooled driver and front passenger seats and power fold-flat third-row seat.
Options include: Lincoln Soundmark THX-Certified audio with voice-activated, touch-screen navigation system and in-dash six-disc CD changer, high-intensity-discharge headlamps, power deploying running boards, 40/20/40 split bench second-row seat, rear-seat entertainment system with second-row overhead DVD player with 7-inch screen and wireless headphones, heavy-duty trailer tow package, seven-spoke chromed wheels, Elite Package, Monotone Appearance Package and Appearance Option Package.