Lincoln’s updated Navigator broke cover at the 2002 LA Auto show, boasting a new hydroformed frame, rack and pinion steering, independent rear suspension, a cleaned up yet familiar exterior, and an all new interior. The uprated cabin portened the interiors of all future Lincolns and featured satin nickel trim and a white light glow to the instrument panel, audio systems, and switchgear. Other wow items included a power fold down third row seat and a standard power tailgate on top level models. The latter was also offered with optional power retracting runningboards. In an effort to benchmark luxury cars, as well as trucks, in terms of handling and steering characteristics, Lincoln fitted the Navigator with a short/long arm air spring equipped independent rear suspension. The IRS made space for a more accommodating third row seat. The Nav’s track was wider and its center of gravity lower than the previous model’s. Towing capacity was up 1109 lb, to 8309, for the 4×4; the 4X2’s tow capacity was 8528. Power trains carried over from the previous model.
As the market continued to consume full size luxo/utes, Lincoln again appeared to be in the right place at the right time with this updated, uprated Navigator.