The new Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring made its debut last week, arriving with an impressive hybrid powertrain that is making a whopping 450 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque.
The electrified powertrain consists of a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The single electric motor is mounted within the 10-speed automatic transmission, stuffed just ahead of the torque converter, providing electric drive and regenerative braking. This new hybrid system allows Ford to use different sized motors for different applications, so it seems as though this hybrid system is destined to appear in other vehicles.
We think one vehicle this exact setup could appear in is the forthcoming Mustang hybrid, which is due in 2021 or beyond. Ford has alluded to such a setup for the car as well, saying the Mustang hybrid will make V8 power but with “even more low-end torque.” We think that’s exciting news for Mustang fans – what’s not to like a Mustang with up to 450 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque? As long as the price is somewhat reasonable, of course.
In addition to the Mustang, it’s highly likely this exact technology is what will power the F-150 hybrid, which is also due in 2021. Ford can use different sized motors with this hybrid transmission setup, remember, so it’s likely the F-150 hybrid and Mustang hybrid will have different power outputs than the Aviator Grand Touring.
The next-generation Mustang is expected to use a new flexible platform from Ford, which will likely use some parts from the Aviator. Some of the Aviator Grand Touring’s fancier components could appear on future Mustangs as well, then, such as its drive mode select system and adaptive suspension with camera-based road preview.
We are getting a bit ahead of ourselves, though. First Ford has to continue building the current Mustang, which is due to receive a new family member next month in the way of the Shelby GT500. The GT500 is expected to make more than 700 hp from its supercharged V8 engine, putting the Camaro ZL1 and Challenger Hellcat in its crosshairs. No disrespect to the Mustang hybrid, but that sounds a bit more suited to our interests.