Ford Motor Company is doling out more money to try to keep its chickens in the coop. Last August, when the automaker couldn’t fulfill every order for the 2022 F-150 Lightning electric pickup then levied price substantial price increases on the 2023 F-150 Lightning, the automaker created a “Transition Private Offer.” The program gave 2022 reservation holders without trucks a rebate to buy a 2023 Lightning that effectively nullified the price increase. Earlier this month, Ford did it again with the 2023 Bronco. The “2023-Model Bronco Cancel Order & Purchase Replacement Offer” dangled $2,500 to 2023 Bronco buyers without SUVs to either change their Bronco order to a configuration that could be built sooner, or cancel their order and buy another Ford.
Now it’s Lincoln’s turn. CarsDirect says another dealer bulletin outlines a “2023-Model Navigator Connect Model Year Transition Private Offer” for those who didn’t get their 2022 Navigator built. “Select customers” who close a deal before April 2, 2023, can get $5,000 off the price of a 2023 Navigator or have the money applied to a 2023 Navigator lease. Akin to the Lightning offer, the Navigator incentive nearly eats up all of the price increases on the new Navigator. The latest version of Ford’s most luxurious SUV had MSRPs bumped from about $5,000 for the middle trims to $6,475 for the Black Labels.
At the entry-level end, a customer might have some money left over for more options like the brand new Diamond Red Tricoat paint on a 2023 model, depending on how Ford conducts the offer. The base Navigator trims went up by $3,215 for the Standard and $4,730 for the Reserve. If a 2022 Black Label buyer were to take Ford up on the offer, that buyer would be paying $1,475 for the same vehicle; the changes applied to the 2023 Navigator other than price didn’t make it to the Black Label.
The folks out in the cold are the few 2022 Navigator L buyers. Lincoln discontinued that trim for 2023, so those folks will need to make another choice or find another roost.