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Will The 2025 Lincoln Navigator Feature A Split Liftgate?

It’s been nearly one year since Ford Authority first spotted a 2025 Lincoln Navigator prototype out testing for the very first time, and though it was wearing heavy camo, there are clear signs that the refreshed SUV will sport some exterior styling updates shared with the redesigned 2024 Lincoln Nautilus. However, its mainstream market counterpart – the Ford Expedition – has also been spied in prototype form sporting some distinctive Range Rover-like styling cues out back as well. After taking a closer look at the most recent 2025 Lincoln Navigator prototypes, it also seems as if the luxurious full-size SUV may borrow something from the Ranger Rover, too.

That something is a split liftgate, which could be lurking underneath the extra bit of camo located around the Navigator prototypes’ liftgate area. We say this because prior to its debut, a number of refreshed 2024 Ford F-150 prototypes were spotted with extra camo in the very same spot, and as it turns out, that was being used to cover up the pickup’s brand new Pro Access Tailgate – which can be opened in the same manner as the Range Rover’s split tailgate.

In the newest F-150, the Pro Access Tailgate serves as a multifunction unit of sorts that features a swing gate with built-in stops that can open up 37, 70, or 100 degrees, making it easier to reach items in the bed, even when towing a trailer – allowing for 19 inches of additional reach, in fact.

However, in other models like the Range Rover, that feature makes it easier to reach items as well, but also, enables owners to utilize a sliding floor that makes loading and unloading much easier, and can even double as outdoor seating for tailgating purposes. In fact, customers can opt for what Land Rover calls the “Tailgate Event Suite,” which adds additional lighting and speakers located in the upper tailgate.

At the moment, it’s unclear if the 2025 Lincoln Navigator will gain such a feature, but given the presence of extra camo in the rear, it certainly seems possible. In addition to that, the refreshed SUV looks likely to gain some notable new features including 24-inch wheels, as well as a coast-to-coast display inside the cabin, a feature that has become increasingly common in luxury vehicles in recent years – including some Lincoln models sold in other countries, like the Zephyr, as well as the new Nautilus. In terms of powertrains, the 2025 Navigator is also slated to receive a hybrid of some sort, which could be the existing twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 PowerBoost that originally launched in the 2021 Ford F-150.

We’ll have more on the 2025 Lincoln Navigator soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Lincoln news, Lincoln Navigator news, and 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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