Benchmarking is a common practice in the automotive world as companies work overtime to keep tabs on what the competition is doing, as well as make products that are, by all accounts, superior. This is true of Ford and Stellantis, of course, which routinely benchmark each other’s vehicles. In recent months, in fact, Ford Authority has spotted FoMoCo benchmarking the Jeep Wagoneer, as well as Stellantis benchmarking the Ford F-150 Lightning. Now, it seems as if Stellantis is also benchmarking the Lincoln Navigator, another one of its rivals.
Recently, Ford Authority spotted this Lincoln Navigator parked in a Stellantis-owned lot alongside a host of other competitor models, including a Cadillac Escalade, XT6, and GMC Sierra pickup. This is notable because the Jeep Grand Wagoneer is a direct competitor to the Lincoln Navigator, as well as the Cadillac Escalade in the full-size luxury SUV segment. Meanwhile, the regular, less luxurious Wagoneer competes with the Ford Expedition.
Both the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer launched for the 2022 model year, while the Navigator received a mid-cycle refresh at the very same time. Both Jeep models ride on a body-on-frame structure similar to the one used on the Ram 1500, just like the Expedition and its Ford T3 platform, which is also used in the Ford F-150. Unlike the Ram, however, the Wagoneer family utilizes an independent rear suspension.
The more luxurious Grand Wagoneer is loaded with amenities, including available Palermo quilted leather, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and two infotainment screens – a 12.0-inch unit up top with an additional 10.3-inch touchscreen below that for climate controls, plus another screen for the second row. However, it can also be optioned with a 10.3-inch passenger display and 10.1-inch screens for the second-row seatbacks. In terms of pricing, the Grand Wagoneer starts out at between $88,640 and $110k, while the Navigator has a base MSRP ranging from $79,725 up to $112,300, depending on trim.