In the automotive world, most 2022 model year vehicles haven’t been on dealer lots for too long at this point. However, the 2022 Lincoln Aviator entered production at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant back on August 30th, 2021, and it won’t be too much longer before the next model year changeover, as sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that the 2023 Lincoln Aviator will enter production on May 30th, 2022. 2022 Aviator production will end the day before, on May 29th, 2021.
The 2023 Lincoln Aviator will carry over mostly unchanged for the new model year after receiving a few minor changes for 2022, including the launch of the Jet Package, which replaces the Monochromatic Package that was just introduced for the 2021 model year. The Jet Package adds add 22-inch black aluminum wheels and a black front grille insert, fender and door badges, front and rear door spears, plinth and surround, mirror skull caps, roof rails, and glass surrounds, with body-color lower front and rear fascias, wheel lips, and door cladding.
In addition to the new Jet Package, the 2022 Lincoln Aviator lost a significant portion of the 2021 model’s max towing capability, going from 6,700 pounds when equipped with the Class IV Trailer Tow Package down to 5,600 pounds, as Ford Authority previously reported. There are even bigger changes on the horizon, however, as all-electric versions of the Aviator and its Ford CD6 Platform-mate, the Ford Explorer, are expected to launch in late 2024 following a delay.
The Explorer and Aviator EVs were previously planned to be produced at the Ford Cuautitlan Assembly Plant in Mexico alongside the Ford Mustang Mach-E, but Ford nixed those plans and now intends to expand Mach-E production significantly in the coming years. As of now, it’s unclear where these EVs will be built, though recent rumors point to the Ford Oakville Assembly Plant, which currently produces the Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus. Both of those models will reportedly be discontinued in 2024 as the plant is retooled to produce a total of five new EV models, as Ford Authority previously reported.