Lincoln has redesigned its full-size luxury sport utility vehicle for 2007 and added a stretched version, the L. The latter has nearly 25 more cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats, but other than that, changes are minor.
The Navigator could be accused of being boxy, though Lincoln calls this effect "clean lines." Either way, the body is more understated than past versions', when the vehicle appealed to a wide range of buyers — from the country club set to celebrities. Lincoln says it's trying to maintain a broad base of customers, but this box might not appeal to hipsters.
That said, there is one element that is more prominent than in previous versions: the grille. It's now an eggcrate design, with a large horizontal bar running through the Lincoln logo. But the overall effect of all this chrome, paradoxically, is that it looks more refined.
Throughout all eight seating positions — and beyond — this is a well-thought-out interior that should provide comfort and convenience. The front seats are each adjustable 10 ways, and adjustable pedals add to the driver's comfort. Both front seats are heated and cooled, and all eight seats are covered in leather.
The second and third rows each fold flat to increase cargo space, although even with all the seats in the upright stance, there's 18.2 cubic feet of cargo room behind them in the base Navigator. The uplevel L has 42.7 cubic feet with the seats up — an increase of nearly 25 cubic feet.
Leather and wood accents are found throughout the cabin. Lincoln also promises a smooth, whisper-quiet ride, although we won't know that for sure until we get behind the wheel.
Under the Hood
Like the previous edition, this Navigator can have either rear- or four-wheel drive, and is powered by a 300-horsepower, 5.4-liter V-8 engine that produces 365 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is the sole transmission, and the Navigator can tow up to 9,100 pounds when properly equipped.
Antilock brakes, an electronic stability system with Roll Stability Control, side-impact airbags for front-seat occupants, and side curtain-type airbags for all three rows of seats are standard.