The Lincoln Navigator is the Lincoln division of Ford’s attempt to gain a portion of the luxury SUV market. The Navigator began production in 1997 for the 1998 model year. As of this writing it is still in production.
The Navigator is assembled in its entirety at the assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan in the United States. It is classed as a full size luxury sport utility vehicle. The Navigator is a four door SUV with a front engine and rear wheel drive with an available four wheel drive.
If the Navigator seems to bear some resemblance to its cousin the Ford Expedition, that would be because the Navigator does actually share many characteristics with the Expedition. For example, the Navigator is built on the same platform as the Expedition, mechanical features are the same as well as other equipment.
Though Ford has larger vehicles, the Lincoln Navigator is the largest vehicle in the Lincoln lineup. For all of its existence, the Navigator has been offered with only one engine and all are have been a variation of the 5.4 L Modular V8 engine. The first of these variations was the 5.4 L Triton SOHC V8 engine. Also available in that first generation of Navigators was the 5.4 L DOHC V8 engine. Both of these engines were coupled with a four speed automatic transmission.
When the Navigator was first introduced in 1998, it seated eight passengers, also making it the first Lincoln to be able to seat so many. The Navigator also included things such as dual front side airbags, four wheel antilock disc brakes, four speaker premium audio system, automatic climate control and captains chair front passenger seats. Since the Lincoln Navigator is a luxury SUV it can be expected to have the usual luxury features such as power windows, power locks, heated mirrors, remote keyless entry and illuminated running boards.
The second generation was introduced in 2003 with a completely redesigned exterior and an upgrade to a six speed automatic transmission.