Rumors that The Blue Oval was planning on offering hybrid versions of both the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator have swirled for years to this point, and yet, neither of those large SUVs has launched with an electrified powertrain option as of yet. Most expected this debut when the Expedition and Navigator were refreshed for the 2022 model year, but that ultimately didn’t happen, either. As Ford Authority reported back in April 2022, the Navigator – specifically – didn’t get a hybrid as part of its refresh because customers were apparently pleased with the existing twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 EcoBoost. However, the release of details pertaining to the United Auto Workers (UAW) tentative contract with FoMoCo seems to confirm that the long-awaited hybrid versions of the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator may finally be coming soon.
As part of its planned $8.1 billion dollar investment in current and future products stemming from this tentative agreement with the union, $750 million is slated for the Kentucky Truck Plant, which builds the Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, and Ford Super Duty. Most notable, however, is the fact that this document states that production of all three of these models will continue, coupled with “HEV” – or hybrid electric vehicle – variants of the Navigator and Expedition.
It’s unclear what this hybrid powertrain might be, but it would make perfect sense if The Blue Oval decided to go with its existing twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 PowerBoost that originally launched in the 2021 Ford F-150. After all, both SUVs share a platform with the pickup, and since its launch, the PowerBoost has become an incredibly popular option among shoppers – to the point where Ford is significantly ramping up production of that engine and making it a no-cost option on the refreshed 2024 F-150.
Hybrid versions of the Expedition and Navigator are seemingly likely to debut alongside the forthcoming 2025 model year updates planned for both models, which include revised, Range Rover-like exterior styling and new taillights for the Expedition, along with Nautilus-like cues for the Navigator, plus revised interior designs and even a coast-to-coast display screen for the big Lincoln SUV.