Ride quality is one of the most important attributes of a luxury vehicle. As such, the all-new 2020 Lincoln Aviator backs its claims to high-end luxury transportation through the incorporation of advanced suspension technology, highlighted by the Adaptive Suspension with Road Preview system.
Developed in-house by Lincoln, the system actively works to adjust suspension settings on the fly, reading the road ahead and anticipating what’s needed to ensure a smooth ride in the cabin.
Adaptive Suspension with Road Preview is Lincoln’s first road preview technology that utilizes a forward-facing camera to identify road aberrations up to 50 feet ahead. The system can then pinpoint potential problem areas, recognizing surface deviations between two and eight inches in height. Once a deviation is identified, the system will then automatically adjust the onboard air springs to compensate appropriately.
In addition to reading the road, the Adaptive Suspension system in the 2020 Lincoln Aviator also uses 12 sensors that monitor vehicle motion, body movement, and inputs from the driver, adjusting the onboard settings up to 100 times per second.
“The system in Aviator is so advanced that its sensors speed-read the road ahead and adjust the system faster than a blink of an eye, with more than 23,000 inputs of data per second,” explains David Russell, Lincoln Motor Company’s vehicle dynamics technical specialist.
The 2020 Lincoln Aviator also offers the available Air Glide Suspension system for even greater levels of refinement, adding a quartet of air springs to the mix for adjustable ride height settings. For example, the system will lower the ride height for easier ingress and egress, or for greater stability when traveling at speeds over 70 mph. Alternatively, the system will raise the ride height when the vehicle is placed in the Deep Conditions drive mode.
The Lincoln Aviator returned for the 2020 model year following a departure in 2005. The 2020 model year features an all-new redesign, with new styling, up to a seven-passenger seating capacity, and new technology, such as Ford Sync 3 infotainment, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, optional Revel Ultima 3D premium audio, and standard fully digital gauge cluster. There are two powertrain options on offer, including the 3.0L EcoBoost V6 producing 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, or the 3.0L EcoBoost V6 plug-in hybrid, which produces 450 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. Both mate to the Ford 10-speed automatic transmission.