2015 Lincoln Navigator Photo Gallery (23 Photos)

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A few exterior styling details aside, it wouldn't be hard to lose the redesigned 2015 Lincoln Navigator in a crowd of the luxury SUV's previous generation. We got a close look as the Navigator found its way this week to the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. The main exterior differences are a new grille, bumpers, hood headlights and taillights, all in line with the current Lincoln aesthetic, while the fenders, doors, windows and roof resemble those of the outgoing model.

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The even-more-mildly revised cabin offers a new dashboard covered in stitched leather and the latest version of the MyLincoln Touch multimedia system with Sync and an 8-inch touch-screen. The powertrain receives the biggest change, dropping to a 3.5-liter V-6 from a 5.4-liter V-8, but it gains horsepower and torque. Check out the gallery below. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | February 7, 2014 | Comments (5)

2015 Lincoln Navigator: First Look

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Competes with: Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX80, Lexus LX 570

Looks like: The old Navigator with a new grille and headlights

Drivetrain: 370-plus-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6; six-speed automatic transmission; optional four-wheel drive.

Hits dealerships: Fall 2014

There isn't a rabid large-luxury SUV following begging for new products, but with Cadillac unveiling the heavily revised 2015 Escalade late last year, those in the market may have wondered when the next Lincoln Navigator, the Escalade's main rival and the original American luxury truck, would arrive. Lincoln has just revealed its new 2015 Navigator ahead of the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, where the SUV will make its public debut, and we have the details.

By Aaron Bragman | January 22, 2014 | Comments (23)

Recall Alert: 10,500 Ford Vehicles

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Ford is recalling more than 10,000 vehicles because the transmission range sensor may be improperly calibrated for Reverse gear, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall affects the vehicles listed below:

In the affected vehicles, the transmission may not go into Reverse, or the vehicle may go into Reverse but the "R" may not illuminate on the dashboard when the driver pushes the shift lever into Reverse in the F-150, Expedition or Navigator. In certain cases, the backup lamp may not illuminate in the F-150, Expedition, Navigator or Mustang. This condition increases the risk of a crash or a pedestrian being struck.

Ford will begin notifying owners June 25, and dealers will inspect and repair the transmission range sensor for free. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

By Dave Lee | May 10, 2012 | Comments (0)

Incentives Diet: Buy This, Not That

2012 Chrysler 200 LX vs. 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 1LT

With new models coming fast and furious via announcements at the four major auto shows —  L.A., Detroit, Chicago and New York — of the season, we thought we'd focus our incentives breakdown on some older, proven models that are still around for the time being.

In this latest round of Buy This, Not That, we focused on midsize sedans, full-sized luxury SUVs and large family sedans. Included in this rundown are the Toyota Avalon and Chevrolet Malibu, which both have new models entering the market now or in the near future.

All the trim levels picked for these comparisons included an automatic transmission, air conditioning, keyless entry, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, and power locks, windows and side mirrors. Final price includes destination charges.

By Colin Bird | April 18, 2012 | Comments (4)

Recall Alert: 2012 Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator

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Ford is recalling 569 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs from the 2012 model year because the head restraints may have inadequate welds, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In the affected vehicles, which were built from Nov. 19 to Dec. 2, 2011, the welds on the second-row head restraint’s support brackets in the right-hand seat may not provide enough strength, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. You can find the vehicle's build date on a label affixed to the driver-side doorjamb.

The recall is expected to begin around Feb. 20, and dealers will replace the head restraint if necessary at no charge. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

By Dave Lee | February 10, 2012 | Comments (0)

Lincoln Sticking with MK-Lettered Nameplates

Lincoln MKZ ConceptLike them or not, the Lincoln brand's nameplate nomenclatures of "MKT," “MKZ," "MKX," and "MKS" are here to say, according to USA Today.

Last year, Ford CEO Alan Mulally intimated that the carmaker was considering a switch from the MK naming to something more traditional, like Continental.

For the hopeful, those dreams have officially been dashed. At the 2012 Detroit auto show, Lincoln introduced the MKZ Concept, indicating the Zephyr name probably wouldn't be revived.

Jim Farley, Ford's marketing chief, also hinted that the names would stick. "What I've learned in my career is it's product that matters, not the name," Farley told reporters at the show. In a separate interview, Mulally also told reporters he had come to terms with the current naming structure at Lincoln.

No word on if this spells the end of the only model still holding a proper name at Lincoln: the Navigator full-size SUV.

No change: Lincoln Is Stuck With Alphabet Soup Names (USA Today)

By Colin Bird | January 17, 2012 | Comments (9)

Ford Limits Orders on Black and Red Paint Colors

2012 Ford Focus Focus is available in Tuxedo Black

Since Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, we’ve learned a little more each day about where many of the materials for our cars come from. Even the paint that coats cars and trucks is impacted, at least on Ford and Nissan vehicles.

Ford is telling its dealers not to order vehicles in Tuxedo Black paint or in three variations of red, according to USA Today.

The pigments for those paints come from a Japanese supplier. Vehicles optioned with these colors are the Ford F-150, Super Duty pickups, Explorer, Expedition, Taurus, Focus and Lincoln Navigator and MKS, according to a Ford spokesman.

Nissan also might experience shortages of some exterior color options, according to reports.

Ford to dealers: No more black, red paint due to Japan crisis (USA Today, via Bloomberg News)

By Colin Bird | March 25, 2011 | Comments (0)

Incentives on Defunct Mercury Brand Tick Upward

2010 Mercury Mariner Hybrid

Retail production of Mercury vehicles ceased nearly a month ago, and now Ford is getting down to the business of ridding itself of any leftover inventory for the defunct brand. The remaining Mercury dealerships are on a deadline to move the metal before the end of 2010 when their Mercury franchise agreements will be terminated.

To flush out the remaining inventory, Ford has increased retail incentives for the Mercury brand drastically for November. Until this month, the 2010 and 2011 Milan, Milan Hybrid and Mariner all offered $2,000 cash on the hood, which was the same as its Ford counterparts. Now all three have up to $3,500 on the hood, nearly 60% more money back than what’s offered on the identical Ford Fusion and Escape. The 2010 and 2011 Grand Marquis now get upward of $5,500 cash back.

The aggressive incentives are supposed to help Ford expedite the shutdown of Mercury by the Dec. 31 deadline, according to Automotive News. Ford spokesman George Pipas told Automotive News that there are fewer than 10,000 Mercurys left in the inventory, which amounts to a 35-day supply. Currently there are nearly 4,000 Mercurys on sale on Cars.com. Below you’ll find the remaining deals on all Mercury and Lincoln inventory. Most of these incentives are good until Dec. 31.

By Colin Bird | November 10, 2010 | Comments (2)

Ready for Labor Day Car Shopping? Ten Impressive 2010 Deals

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Summer is one of the best times of the year to shop for a great deal on a new car, and that window usually lasts until Labor Day. Most manufacturers are trying to offload their previous model-year inventory in preparation for the next model-year units that are headed to dealer lots. And unlike autumn, when inventory levels of 2010 models may be low, many 2010s are still available. 

To help you sort through the best deals, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the best remaining cash and loan incentives. 

When we refer to cash-back incentives, these are manufacturer incentives, which are a form of regularly advertised offers. Dealer incentives are bit more tricky to understand: Known as factory-to-dealer incentives, this is a type of stimulus given directly to dealers to move vehicles. These incentives typically aren’t advertised to the consumer, and dealerships aren’t obligated to share the incentive with the car buyer, so that’s why it’s important to do your research

Some models on this list, such as the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee, have been recently redesigned or received significant upgrades for 2011. Other models are just poor sellers in general, such as the 2010 Chevy HHR and 2010 Infiniti FX35. 

Not all automakers switch to a new model year at the same time. For example, the Toyota Camry made the switch to 2011 in March. 

Continue reading for the complete list.  

By Colin Bird | August 23, 2010 | Comments (6)

Lincoln Rolls Out Free Maintenance Incentive

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While many luxury automakers offer free maintenance as a rule, Lincoln is rolling out a short-term incentive through Sept. 7 on all new Lincolns for free maintenance.
 
The program covers scheduled maintenance — including oil changes, tire rotation, inspections and wear-and-tear items like windshield wipers and brake linings — for three years or 45,000 miles. Ford is trying to shine a spotlight on Lincoln as it phases out Mercury this year.
 
The free maintenance program begins today and applies to all new 2010 and 2011 models.

By David Thomas | June 18, 2010 | Comments (4)

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