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Next Lincoln Navigator to ditch V8 for EcoBoost V6

by Nat Shirley

The Navigator\'s Ford Expedition sibling could receive both V8 and EcoBoost V6 options.

Ford's Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs have withered on the vine without a significant update since the 2007 model year, but the full-size 'utes will be treated to a badly needed redesign in the near future - complete with a host of new engine options.

Speaking with Motor Trend, global Lincoln director Matt VanDyke confirmed that the next-generation Navigator will forgo V8 power in favor of a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. The twin-turbocharged and direct-injected mill will likely make in the neighborhood of 365 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque.

Those figures represent healthy gains over the current 5.4-liter V8's 310 ponies and 365 lb-ft of twist, and the EcoBoost should also return noticeably improved fuel economy.

In contrast, the new Expedition will receive an eight-cylinder option in the form of Ford's 5.0-liter V8, which produces 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque in the F-150 pickup. The EcoBoost is reportedly a possibility for the truck, though Ford is considering restricting the mill to the more upscale Navigator.

Both SUVs could use the Blue Oval's 302-horsepower and 278-lb-ft of torque 3.7-liter V6 as an entry-level motor.

VanDyke didn't reveal any other details concerning the revamped full-size 'utes, but we'll keep our eyes peeled and relay any new information we uncover to you posthaste.