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By Rick Popely
May 24, 2001
Vehicle Overview Navigator is a full-size SUV that uses the same basic styling and mechanical features as the Ford Expedition but has more luxurious trappings and unique features.
Among new factory options this year is a satellite-based communication system similar to General Motors OnStar that includes a hands-free, voice-operated wireless phone and access to e-mail, stock quotes, news, weather and sports.
All 2001 Lincolns also get free scheduled maintenance for the first three years or 36,000 miles.
Navigator will spawn an SUV-pickup hybrid called the Blackwood, which is due to arrive in the spring of 2001 as an early 2002 model. Blackwood will have an enclosed passenger area like the Navigator and an open cargo bed at the rear like the Ford Explorer Sport Trac.
Exterior A chrome, vertical-bar grille and unique taillights and rear trim are Navigators chief styling differences from the Expedition. Both come in four-door styling and are 205 inches long, 6 inches longer than the rival Chevrolet Tahoe but 22 inches shorter than the king-size Ford Excursion.
Interior Leather seats are standard, with two captains chairs in both the front and middle rows and a removable three-place rear bench. A three-seat bench is optional for the middle row, giving Navigator eight-passenger capacity. Power-adjustable brake and accelerator pedals with a 3-inch range are standard. Side-impact airbags for the front seats are optional.
An optional satellite navigation system includes a 5-inch screen and CD-ROM drive in the center console to provide route directions, find points of interest and link to an emergency assistance center. Optional climate-controlled front seats use small fans to circulate warm or cool air through the perforated leather upholstery.
Under the Hood A 5.4-liter V-8 engine with dual overhead camshafts and 300 horsepower teams with a four-speed automatic transmission and either two- or four-wheel drive. The 4WD engages automatically and can be used on smooth, dry pavement.