Currently, the Lincoln Navigator offers the Electronic Traction Assist Rear Axle, otherwise known as the Electronic Limited Slip Differential (eLSD), in a very limited fashion. In fact, the only way to get eLSD on the 2020 Lincoln Navigator is to opt for the Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package on Reserve or for Black Label trims, which carry the feature as standard equipment. However, the 2021 Lincoln Navigator will feature improved availability of the eLSD option.
In fact, for the 2021 model year, the feature is getting unbundled from that package. Ford Authority has learned that the eLSD will be available as a standalone option on 2021 Lincoln Navigator Reserve and standard on Navigator Black Label (800A), rather than being available exclusively with the trailer tow package.
2021 Lincoln Navigator order books opened up back in September. Production will begin at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Kentucky on November 30th, 2020. The Navigator will continue to be built alongside the Ford F-250-F-550 Super Duty line of trucks, plus the Navigator’s platform mate, the Ford Expedition. A new Black Label Special Edition package has also been added for the 2021 model year, as we recently reported.
Like the Expedition, the Lincoln Navigator is a full-size, body-on-frame SUV with an aluminum-alloy body built on the Ford T3 platform. It is a modified version of the half-ton platform that underpins the Ford F-150, and it utilizes a four-wheel independent suspension system.
The Navigator is available in two-wheel-drive or with selectable automatic full-time four-wheel drive that sends power through a two-speed dual range transfer case to electronic locking rear and center multi-disc differentials.
The all-new fourth-generation Lincoln Navigator debuted for the 2018 model year. It’s currently offered in standard and long wheelbase (Navigator L) configurations. The Navigator is powered by Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6, which produces 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, and is equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission.