Back in March, Ford was caught benchmarking the last-gen Cadillac Escalade alongside a 2022 Lincoln Navigator prototype, as exclusively reported by Ford Authority. At the time, this seemed somewhat unusual, as it makes more sense to benchmark the all-new 2021 Cadillac Escalade, unless the automaker simply wasn’t able to procure one at the time. Regardless, Ford now has a 2021 Cadillac Escalade in its possession as is clear from these exclusive photos showing the new SUV entering Ford’s Dearborn Development Center.
As the Escalade is the Lincoln Navigator‘s chief rival, it makes perfect sense that Ford would want to benchmark the latest version against the forthcoming refreshed 2022 Navigator. Thus far, the all-new 2021 Escalade has been a hit with buyers, outselling the Navigator two-fold in Q1 – 9,842 units versus 4,832.
Sales Numbers - Full-Size Luxury SUVs - Q1 2021 - USA
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The 2022 Navigator will receive a host of updates designed to help it narrow that gap, including revised front and rear fascias a new, large, horizontally-oriented infotainment screen, a feature Ford Authority was the first to report on back in January. In addition to those updates, the 2022 Navigator is expected to be available with Lincoln’s new ActiveGlide hands-free driver-assist feature, as Ford Authority exclusively reported in May.
The refreshed SUV is expected to continue to offer Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 as its standard powerplant, possibly with an increase in output over the 2021 Navigator. The 2022 Navigator is also expected to receive a hybrid powertrain option, most likely Ford’s 3.5L PowerBoost V6 that debuted in the 2021 Ford F-150. Both engines will be mated to FoMoCo’s 10-speed automatic transmission.
The 2022 Lincoln Navigator will continue to be produced at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant alongside the Ford Expedition and Ford Super Duty. We expect the updated model to be revealed this summer and to launch in the second half of 2021 as a 2022 model.