The 2020 Lincoln Aviator has landed in Los Angeles, marking the return of the nameplate to Lincoln’s product portfolio since the first-generation Aviator went out of production back in 2005.
As expected, the 2020 Aviator looks nearly identical to the Aviator concept that previewed this production model. The mid-size, three-row SUV will be sold in all of the global markets where Lincoln currently does business, including in the world’s largest automobile market, China.
Powering the 2020 Lincoln Aviator is the brand’s 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, which is making 400 horses and 400 pound-feet of torque in the base model. Customers can also make a step up to the Aviator Grand Touring, which features a mild hybrid system and boosts output to 450 horsepower and a jaw-dropping 600 pound-feet of torque.
A 10-speed automatic is the only transmission option and all-wheel drive is a $2,500 option. Grand Touring hybrid models have standard all-wheel drive, however.
Aviator Grand Touring models will also feature a ‘Pure EV’ driving mode, which enables the vehicle to travel on electricity alone, along with a Preserve EV mode for saving and charging the battery. Lincoln didn’t provide exact electric range figures for the SUV, however. Other Aviator models will also feature Lincoln’s usual drive modes – Normal, Conserve, Excite, Slippery and Deep Conditions.
The interior is very similar to the concept’s as well with an airy, horizontal layout and minimalist design. Lincoln’s 30-way Perfect Position seats are offered in the SUV, along with other high-end appointments such as a 12.3-inch digital dashboard, 20-speaker Revel Ultima 3D Audio System and a wireless phone charging pad. For those smartphone junkies, there are also numerous power outlets throughout the cabin and a wi-fi hotspot is standard.
Those buyers seeking more luxury may want to opt for the high-end Black Label trim-level for the Aviator. Lincoln has developed numerous Black Label themes, including a stylish ‘Destination’ theme that adds red diamond stitched leather and khaya wood trim, and a ‘Flight’ theme that features Luggage Tan and Ebony leather with a raw, untreated finish.
Lincoln’s Co-Pilot 360 suite of active safety features is standard on the SUV, which includes Traffic Jam Assist, Evasive Steer, Reverse Brake Assist and Active Park Assist Plus. Also standard is Adaptive Suspension with Road Preview, which scans the road ahead and self-adjusts the suspension to match it. For example, if it detects a large pothole coming up, it may loosen the suspension dampening.
The Aviator seems like a a solid product from Lincoln. The automaker says it’s a sign of what’s to come from the brand, which does have us a bit excited about its future. “Aviator represents the very best of our brand DNA and signals the direction for Lincoln vehicles going forward,” Lincoln boss Joy Falotico said. “It offers elegance, effortless performance and unparalleled comfort – a true representation of Lincoln’s vision for the future.”
Pricing for the 2020 Lincoln Aviator and Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring have to be announced, but stay tuned for more information from Lincoln as its on-sale date approaches next year.