Report: Aluminum Body Lincoln Navigator Forthcoming
Automotive News released their blow-by-blow model lineup report for Ford on Monday, wherein they addressed a number of changes expected by the year 2018 or so. Among those rumors were indications that the Super Duty and Expedition will follow the trail blazed by the 2015 F-150 and go with aluminum-alloy body and high-strength steel frame, which resulted in the upcoming F-150 saving up to 700 pounds over the outgoing model. According to Auto News’ catch-up for Lincoln’s future plans, it’s not unreasonable to expect an aluminum body Lincoln Navigator in the near future as well.
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The 2015 Lincoln Navigator was refreshed with a new front fascia, power tailgate, interior touches, Reserve Package with Ziricote wood trim, and 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine. According to Automotive News, the Navigator is in line for a full overhaul in “the second half of 2016 for the 2017 model year.” A major part of that overhaul will be the switch to an aluminum body, akin to that of the F-150.
Of course, these plans can always change based on the success of the 2015 F-150. Given the fact that (1) it’s an F-150 (2) it’s the smartest F-150 ever built, success is almost guaranteed, which would suggest that an aluminum body Lincoln Navigator is pretty much a lock.
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Other information from the report suggests that: the MKZ will receive knob-and-button controls in the center console for the 2016 model year, the MKS will likely be replaced or revamped in the 2017 model year, and a flagship sedan (known within the company as the Continental) is being tested now and bears a strong resemblance to Jaguar’s current models (which is never a bad thing).
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Derrick Brown is the Chrysler Business Manager at Brown Motors Ford Lincoln Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. He is the 4th generation to work at Brown Motors which started selling transportation in 1898. In his spare time, Derrick likes to go boating in the summer and hang out with his dog.