The launch of the all-new 2020 Lincoln Aviator is rapidly approaching, and we have yet to hear one negative thing about the upcoming all-new luxury crossover SUV. That’s a good thing in and of itself, but it gets even better, since the new Aviator will set the direction for all future Lincoln vehicles.
“Aviator represents the very best of our brand DNA and signals the direction for Lincoln vehicles going forward,” said Joy Falotico, president of The Lincoln Motor Company. “It offers elegance, effortless performance and unparalleled comfort–a true representation of Lincoln’s vision for the future.”
In saying this, Falotico is foreshadowing that the 2020 Lincoln Aviator will set the tone for and will significantly impact the luxury brand’s future products. That makes us elated, as the Aviator’s sophisticated styling, muscular proportions, grandiose levels of performance, and a myriad of useful features set it up to be a luxury SUV worth drooling over. If the rest of the Lincoln lineup follows in its footstep, it can only mean great things.
In fact, we already see much of the Aviator in the new Lincoln Corsair, which replaces the MKC as the smallest Lincoln offering.
The three-row luxury crossover SUV segment is currently saturated with a myriad of German and Japanese competition. As if that weren’t enough, Lincoln’s cross-town rival – Cadillac – is currently launching the Cadillac XT6 as a direct rival to the Aviator. But Ford’s luxury arm firmly believes that the 2020 Lincoln Aviator has what it takes to win over new buyers.
Two powertrain options will be offered. The standard propulsion system is the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission delivering 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque for effortless acceleration. The Aviator Grand Touring, meanwhile, features the same twin-turbocharged engine coupled with advanced electrified technology projected to produce 450 horsepower and a massive 600 pound-feet of torque.
The all-new Lincoln Aviator is expected to launch in the near future. Pricing starts at $51,100 for the base model and tops out at $87,800 for the range-topping Aviator Grand Touring in Black Label trim. The Aviator slots between the full-size Navigator SUV and mid-size Nautilus crossover as a full-size crossover with three rows of seating. It represents a new addition to Lincoln’s luxury utilities range and does not replace any previously-existing models.
|Compact Crossover||Midsize Crossover||Full-Size Crossover||Full-Size SUV|
|Corsair (replaces MKC)||Nautilus (replaces MKX)||Aviator (new entry)||Navigator|