Expected for the 2014 model year, a significantly fresh Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator are said to offer the newest generations of Ford engines including a 3.7 liter V6, 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 and the 5.0 liter V8.
A recent report by Motor Trend even goes so far as to suggest the Lincoln Navigator will come exclusively with V6 power, either offering both or just the EcoBoost V6. The V8 would be retained on the less expensive Ford Expedition, giving traditionalists theirs.
The current Expedition and Navigator come only with the 5.4 liver 3-valve V8 that has been around for a long time, offering up 310 horsepower and 20 mpg highway at best. The SUV is one of the last Ford products still offering the engines, as Ford has phased the old “modular” V8 out of virtually everything else.
The 305 horsepower 3.7 liter V6 does have similar horsepower to the current 5.4 liter but has less torque. The addition of an 8-speed automatic transmission however can help compensate for that loss of torque however. The 365 horsepower 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 on the other hand performs significantly better than the old V8 in both quarters.
The Expedition and Navigator both have seen flagging sales in the past four years as buyers have moved toward crossovers which still offer three rows of seating but in a far more efficient platform. The traditional body on frame SUV is still the king when it comes to towing capability.
Competition from GM has remained strong as well, with the Tahoe, Yukon, and Escalade trio outselling the Ford and Lincoln by a huge margin. While both families of SUV’s haven’t seen an update since 2007, the GM products have remained far more popular in the market.
Outside of the recent news of powertrains, there is little information or even spy photos out there that indicate what else Ford has in mind for its two top-end SUV’s. While they were once closely related to the F-150 pickups, the last generation moved to its own platform which shares little with the trucks. Their life cycles are however closely linked, with the next generation F-150 making its debut next year.