The shooters at KGP Photography have some new shots of an updated ’15 Ford Expedition EL prototype running on the streets of Dearborn.
These new prototypes have hit public roads just as GM's fullsize SUVs have gone—or about are about to go—fully official. While GM's new fullsize SUVs are based on the recently overhauled Silverado and Sierra pickups, the platform changes to the Navigator and its Ford Expedition platform-mate are rumored to be less extensive. How much of the all-new F-150 will find its way into Ford's big SUVs is unclear, but it appears that Ford Motor Co. is keeping investment levels lower on their big 'utes, compared to GM's new Tahoe/Yukon/Suburban models.
On the Navigator prototypes, Lincoln will incorporate a version of the new corporate split grille, building on the look started with the Lincoln MKS and the upcoming MKC entry-level crossover. It appears that everything in front of the A-pillar will receive a redesign, while the Navigator's midsection seems to carry over the existing styling (except for reworked lower trim from the mid-door, down). More changes appear to be in store for the rear, between the C- and D-pillars, with restyled taillights. The interior is also heavily camouflaged, so a new dashboard design integrating Lincoln's latest electronics is almost certainly in store.
Sources say that the Navigator and Expedition will get an Ecoboost engine to help modernize the drivetrain and aid in achieving better fuel economy.
There had been reports suggesting that Ford might drop the big-daddy Expedition EL when the ’15 update hits the market, but the prototype captured here seems to contradict those reports. The appearance of these updated Expedition EL and Navigator L prototypes suggest that the Suburban and Yukon XL models will continue to have a cross-town rival.
Rumor is that Lincoln could rename the big SUV as the Lincoln MKN, but these prototypes seem to dispel those rumors. One of the prototypes actually still had a piece of paper taped to the door announcing it as the "Navigator," and the taped-over badging also seems to be of Navigator-length.
The revamped Navigator is expected to arrive late next year, as a ’15 model. Whether the changes will be enough to be market-relevant is a big question, especially given GM's head start with a slew of new entries on the horizon.
Photo credit: KGP Photography