Ford Authority recently spent a week behind the wheel of a 2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring, which was equipped with the range-topping Black Label trim level. We found the plug-in hybrid to be quite powerful and of course very comfortable, which came as no surprise. But we also noticed that the Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring was wearing unique blue badging, which appears to be exclusive to this particular model.
Turns out, we were correct. We reached out to Lincoln North America communications manager Anika Salceda-Wycoco, who confirmed to Ford Authority that the Spirit Blue badges present on the Aviator Grand Touring are indeed unique to the model. It’s a nice touch that differentiates the Grand Touring from regular Aviator models, and makes them instantly recognizable to those in the know.
Regular 2020 Lincoln Aviator models come standard with rear-wheel drive and a twin-turbocharged 3.0L EcoBoost V6 rated at 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque, which is backed up by a 10-speed automatic transmission, with all-wheel-drive available as an option.
Stepping up to the Grand Touring nets buyers a hybrid system in addition to the twin-turbo V6, which results in a total system output of 494 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to a ten-speed automatic modular hybrid transmission, which sends power to a standard all-wheel-drive system.
There is a price for that extra power, of course, as the Grand Touring features a base MSRP of $69,895, including destination and delivery, compared to a $52,195 starting price for the base model.
Our Grand Touring Black Label carried a sticker price of $89,540, but came with a host of extra amenities, including the Dynamic Handling Package and Luxury Package. In addition to 21-inch wheels, the range-topping Aviator’s Dynamic Handling Package adds an adaptive suspension, while the Luxury Package includes rear-door sunshades, 30-way power seats, power thigh extenders and head restraints, and a Revel Ultima 3D sound system with QuantumLogic 3D surround technology.