In recent weeks, we’ve spied 2022 Lincoln Navigator prototypes testing on multiple occasions, which gave us our first look at the soon-to-be refreshed SUV. Now, interestingly enough, we’ve caught yet another 2022 Lincoln Navigator prototype out testing, however, this time it’s apparently being benchmarked against a Cadillac Escalade.
On the surface, this would seem like an obvious comparison, since the Lincoln Navigator and Escalade do battle in the same segment. However, Ford isn’t benchmarking the brand-new, fully-redesigned 2021 Cadillac Escalade against the 2022 Navigator prototype, but rather the old, outgoing model.
It isn’t clear why Ford is bothering with the older Escalade, but we do know that the new version is selling like hotcakes, so perhaps the automaker simply couldn’t get its proverbial hands on one. On the other hand, Lincoln Navigator sales were down nearly 8 percent in Q4 of 2020, but as we recently reported, that was good enough to help the Navigator retain second-place in the full-size luxury SUV segment, as it finished behind only the Escalade.
Both the 2022 Lincoln Navigator and the 2022 Ford Expedition, which share the Ford T3 platform, will be getting a mid-cycle action, or refresh, as we’ve previously reported. Both will receive some styling tweaks at the front and rear, while the Navigator will receive a new, larger front grille.
Inside, both the Expedition and Navigator will also receive an interior refresh, but in a very different way. As we previously reported, the 2022 Expedition will come equipped with a very large, vertically-oriented screen that looks identical to the 15.5-inch unit present in the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. Meanwhile, the Navigator will retain a horizontal layout, though it will feature a substantially larger infotainment screen to better match what’s available in the 2021 Escalade.
In addition to new infotainment screens, both the 2022 Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition will be available with Ford’s new 3.5L PowerBoost V6 that debuted in the 2021 Ford F-150. The hybrid version of the Navigator with this powerplant will be called the Navigator Grand Touring, joining the existing Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring and Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring in Lincoln’s sub-brand.