Ford’s 3.5L PowerBoost V6 hybrid launched in the 2021 Ford F-150 and has quickly gained its fair share of accolades, as well as customers. The first-ever F-150 hybrid has become a valuable addition to the perennially best-selling pickup’s lineup, consistently ranking as one of the most considered electrified vehicles on the market and also attracting owners of vehicles from other brands at a rapid rate. Thus, many expected the refreshed 2022 Lincoln Navigator to also offer some sort of hybrid powertrain – perhaps the PowerBoost – though that didn’t happen. As it turns out, there is a reason for that absence.
“So we heard our clients and it’s really important for us to listen to our clients and what they were telling us was that the powertrain that we currently had really met their needs,” Laura Clark, Lincoln Navigator Marketing Manager, Ford Authority executive editor, Alex Luft, in a recent interview. “And that’s why we stuck with the powertrain we had now because it was what they were looking for.”
That powertrain is Ford’s twin-turbocharged 3.5L EcoBoost V6, which is rated to produce 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque in the full-size luxury SUV and is backed up by the automaker’s 10-speed automatic transmission. It’s a bit more powerful than the version used in most 2022 Ford Expedition models – the Navigator’s Ford T3 Platform mate – which churns out 400 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque – but the same as the Expedition Timberline and Stealth Performance Package.
Regardless, the refreshed 2022 Navigator has earned its fair share of praise thus far, having recently been named one of Consumer Reports‘ Most Satisfying Luxury SUVs to Own. As Ford Authority reported earlier this week, the range-topping Navigator Black Label is also attracting younger customers at a higher rate than other variants, too.