Exclusive New Video Confirms Lincoln Aviator Diesel Incoming

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Ford’s Lincoln Motor Company announced two gasoline engines when it debuted the all-new, 2020 Aviator in November 2018: a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 making 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, as well as a hybridized variant of the same engine making 450 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. There was not mention of a diesel, but that’s exactly what we have for you today – an unofficial video confirmation that a Lincoln Aviator Diesel is in the works.

We managed to catch up to a prototype of the Lincoln Aviator Diesel in Colorado. At first glance, the black Aviator looks perfectly normal, save for a few missing exterior trim pieces (like the one behind the front passenger-side wheel). But after coming closer, we realized that the prototype actually had the engine running, enabling us to hear the undeniable clanging of a diesel motor. So we instinctively pulled out the phone and recorded this video (please pardon the vertical orientation).

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We would be highly surprised if this obvious Lincoln Aviator Diesel prototype was running any other diesel engine except for Ford’s 3.0L V6 PowerStroke “Lion” that debuted in the Ford F-150 Diesel last year. Featuring twin turbochargers, a block made of compacted graphite iron, as well as aluminum heads, it makes 250 horsepower at 3,250 RPM and 440 pound-feet of torque at 1,750 RPM.

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Expect the Lincoln Aviator Diesel to launch for the 2021 model year, one year after the launch of the regular Aviator with the 3.0L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 and the hybridized Aviator Grand Touring. Barring some last-minute surprise, shifting duty will be done by the new Ford 10-speed automatic transmission to do shifting duty.

We wouldn’t be to surprised to see the same powertrain combination make its way to the Aviator’s platform mate – the 2020 Ford Explorer.

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Written by Alex Luft

Ford Authority founder with a passion for global automotive business strategy.

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