2007 Lincoln Navigator and Navigator L

The 2007 Lincoln Navigator joins the all-new Lincoln MKX crossover and the renamed MKZ sedan (known for 2006 as the Zephyr), but it eschews the alphanumeric and keeps its real name. A fussy set of grilles clumsily recalls Continentals and Marks of the 1960s, but the look doesn't work here. Even if you don't find the effect elegant, you certainly can't miss it, and that might be more important anyhow. Driving home the "more is more" theme are tons of chrome, a "powerdome" hood, and optional twenty-inch wheels. We'd be remiss if we didn't note that the new Escalade is available with 22-inchers.

Like the Ford Expedition on which it is based, the new Navigator gets a new frame and new four-wheel independent suspension, as well as an extended wheelbase version, dubbed the Navigator L. The longer version of the already massive 'Gator stretches the frame by 14.7 inches, adding an extra 25 cubic feet of cargo space.

To keep all that mass on the road, all 2007 Navigators will come with standard traction and stability control. In case the worst happens, Lincoln also has fitted its newest truck with three-row side curtain air bags to protect as many as eight passengers in the new cabin, which looks modern yet pays homage to Lincolns of yore. Real wood trim and square gauges look good, and if the new shapes and colors don't impress first-time riders, the 600-watt THX II audio system and optional eight-inch rear entertainment system definitely will.

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