The refreshed 2015 Lincoln Navigator that debuted at this year’s Chicago auto show (pictured) won’t stick around too long. By the 2017 model year, according to Automotive News, an all-new version of the luxury SUV will arrive with aluminum construction.
The Lincoln Navigator, which is related to the less expensive Ford Expedition, should be redesigned in late 2016 as a 2017 model. Switching to an aluminum body isn’t a huge surprise, given that Ford has already invested heavily in switching the 2015 Ford F-150 to the lightweight material. As the Navigator and Expedition also ride on modified truck chassis, it stands to reason lessons learned from building the F-150 from aluminum could be applied to those full-size SUVs.
Automotive News also reports the Lincoln MKZ midsize sedan will be refreshed in the middle of next year as a 2016 model. In addition to visual tweaks to the car that debuted at the 2011 New York auto show, the updated MKZ reportedly may ditch some of its awkward capacitive-touch interior controls in favor of traditional buttons and knobs.
Full-size sedan still in the works
As we reported extensively in April, the Lincoln MKS replacement will be markedly different from the current car. When it arrives in 2016 as a 2017 model, we believe the car will use an enlarged version of the CD4 front- and all-wheel-drive platform used by cars like the Lincoln MKZ and Ford Fusion. Automotive News says the car will resurrect the Continental name, despite our earlier assertions that MKL was a possible badge. Because the new full-size sedan will be an important model for Lincoln’s entry into the Chinese auto market, the car will have a much roomier back seat than today’s MKS (pictured below).