For 2007, the Lincoln Navigator undergoes the same major changes as the Ford Expedition upon which it is based: it has an all-new frame, new independent suspension, new grille and headlamps, new taillamps, and new interior. New standard features include power-deployable running boards, chrome exhaust tip and hood appliqué, and 20-inch split-spoke chromed aluminum wheels; a new Premium Appearance Package is also available for 2007.

The Expedition gains an extended-wheelbase version in Canada, but the corresponding Lincoln L long-wheelbase model will remain in the U.S. market and will not be sold north of the border this year.

The Navigator is available in a single trim line, the Ultimate, with seven-passenger seating; it uses a 5.4-litre V8 engine with six-speed transmission and Control Trac four-wheel drive.

Standard features include 20-inch chromed aluminum wheels, four-corner auto-levelling suspension, side and curtain airbags, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, power running boards, towing package, roof rack, leather interior, ten-way power heated and cooled front seats with memory, full-folding second-row bucket seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear HVAC with separate controls, power sunroof, power tilt wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-adjustable pedals, garage door opener, genuine wood trim, six-CD/MP3 stereo with SIRIUS satellite radio, high intensity discharge automatic headlamps, fog lamps, speed-sensitive wipers, fixed interval rear wiper, deep-tinted windows and reverse sensing system.

An available 40/20/40 second-row seat turns the Navigator into an eight-passenger vehicle; the new optional Premium Appearance Package includes premium leather seats with contrasting piping and the Lincoln star embedded in the front seats.

The Navigator’s new frame is considerably stiffer than the model it replaces, and offers increased comfort, with less vibration and noise. An acoustic windshield, thick glass and tuned mirrors further help keep noise levels low, and the new front-end design is very attractive on this large truck. As in 2006, the new model is less expensive than the Cadillac Escalade.

Access to the third row of seats is very good, although they’re a tight fit and more suited to children. Their fold-flat capability allows for good cargo room, and first- and second-row passengers enjoy considerable comfort and lots of space. Canadian buyers don’t get the long-wheelbase version and so far Lincoln has not mentioned any plans to bring it here, but the regular-wheelbase model should be more than enough for most luxury buyers.

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