The Lincoln Navigator began its full-swing production in May 1997 and was released as a 1998 model in the beginning of August on that same year. It shared a handful of similarities with the Ford Expedition, but it was actually Ford’s first full-size luxury SUV and first four-wheel-drive vehicle. What set the Navigator apart from the Expedition was its features and upscale design, which made it popular in the market and among celebrities.
1998 – 2002: first generation
Coming in the SUV scene equipped with a 5.4-liter V-8 engine capable of 230 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque, the Lincoln Navigator pioneered as a luxury choice in the expanding SUV market. It offered a large cargo space and a maximum seating capacity of eight, which reasonably appealed to large families.
Heated door mirrors, power door mirrors, and trailer hitch receiver were standard in this four-door luxury SUV. And among its entertainment features, the Lincoln Navigator also included an AM/FM radio, a cassette player, and four booming speakers. It was also provided with safety and security attributes such as panic alarm, dual front impact airbags, and ABS brakes.
2003 – 2006: second generation
The Lincoln Navigator came out more powerful in 2003 with a 5.4-liter, 32-valve V-8 engine, paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission, that could generate 300 horsepower and 355 lb.-ft. of torque. Its exterior was also revamped—a larger chrome waterfall grille, chrome door handles in color-keyed bezels, brighter quad-beam headlights, and wider running boards made the Navigator’s look bolder. On the inside, the 2003 Navigator was furnished with a dashboard and instrument panel that was inspired by the symmetrical, “dual-cockpit” layout of the 1961 Lincoln Continental.
Optional safety features such as traction control, stability control, and overhead airbag were also added in the second generation of the Navigator. Standard convenience features include auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote keyless entry, power windows, speed control, automatic temperature control, and an optional power moonroof.
2007 – present: third generation
The third generation of Lincoln Navigator was packed with a new boxy design, which Lincoln fondly called “clean lines.” It had a more understated look than the previous generation models, and it introduced a stretched version, the L. This version was given more room behind the third-row seats, adding 25 more cubic feet. But other than these apparent changes, there were only minor modifications done in the 2007 Navigator.
Then, in2013, the Lincoln Navigator came in powered with a 5.4-liter, 24-valve V-8 engine, which is teamed with a 6-speed automatic transmission and could come up with up to 365 lb.-ft. of torque and 310 horsepower.