The General has an-all new entry in the luxury full-size SUV segment this year, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade. Much to their displeasure, the guys over at Ford do as well in the way of the 2015 Lincoln Navigator. GM owns the majority of the full-size SUV segment, so Lincoln didn’t make as many dramatic changes to the Navigator as Cadillac did the Escalade, however both SUVs have received an updated and improved powertrain and more upscale interiors for the new model year. So the question is, which one would you prefer?
Motor Trend recently asked their readers the same question. The Navigator has adopted Ford’s twin turbocharged, 3.5-liter V6 Ecoboost engine for 2015. This engine is down on power compared to the Escalade’s, producing 370 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque, but Ford says it will trump the Escalade’s 8000-pound tow rating with a best-in-class 9000 pound max, mostly due to the torque available at low RPM which continues over a wider band.
The Lincoln also has a more spacious third row with more leg room, mostly due to its fully independent suspension setup. However MT says its CCD dampers don’t measure up to Cadillac’s lauded MagneRide magnetic damping technology. The Lincoln’s technology doesn’t quite match the Escalade’s either, with a somewhat archaic electronic architecture which doesn’t support active cruise control or lane-departure assist.
The Navigator is available with a top-level Reserve Package, designed to compete with Cadillac’s Platinum trim. This pack includes Trevino leather covering the doors, seats, and dash, Ziricote wood trim, polished 20-inch wheels, light-projected “welcome mats,” and motorized chrome runningboards. The interior of the new Escalade is much more upscale than in years prior, displaying Cadillac’s “cut and sew” mantra almost perfectly.
You know what the 2015 Escalade is all about, and now you know what the 2015 Navigator has to offer too. The only thing left to do is head on over to Motor Trend, check out their spectacular photos of the two full-sizers and vote for your favorite.