Ford has been in the process of reducing complexity across its lineup over the past couple of years in an attempt to boost profitability and making things a bit simpler on customers, too. One change that’s particularly notable relates to the elimination of two-wheel drive in certain models and configurations, with the all-new 2023 Ford Super Duty and 2024 Lincoln Nautilus being the most recent vehicles to ditch 2WD in favor or all- or four-wheel drive only. Now, we can add the 2024 Lincoln Navigator to that list, as the flagship luxury SUV will only be available with four-wheel drive for the new model year, according to Cars Direct.
In addition to order guide data, this news was also confirmed by Lincoln itself. “24MY Navigator will be exclusively available as a 4×4,” said Lincoln spokesperson Anika Salceda-Wycoco. For the 2023 model year, rear-wheel drive is standard on base and Reserve Navigator and Navigator L trims, while four-wheel drive is standard on the Black Label.
As has been the case with other models that have made this switch, the elimination of rear-wheel drive from the 2024 Lincoln Navigator lineup will also result in a price increase. The 2024 Navigator will start out at $84,660 including the mandatory destination charge of $1,895, which is $3,040 more than the base, Standard model costs for the 2023 model year – $81,620. On the bright side, four-wheel drive models are only getting $40 more expensive, however.
Other than these changes, few updates are coming to the 2024 Lincoln Navigator. The big SUV will once again be available in Flight Blue – a color that was removed for 2023 – as an option for the base Premiere and midrange Reserve trim, replacing Ocean Drive Blue in the process. Otherwise, bigger changes are coming for the 2025 model year, when the Navigator is set to receive a refresh with styling updates and a new coast-to-coast interior screen, similar to the new Nautilus.