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2023 Lincoln Aviator Will Go Into Production On May 30th

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 Packagewhich 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.

We’ll have more on the Aviator soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Lincoln news, Lincoln Aviator news, and ongoing Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Paul Tucker

    That’s interesting. Given the most recent news that the S650 Mustang will go into production in March 2023 as a ’24MY, I assume the current Mustang will have both a short ’22 and ’23 model year run. The ’22MY started on January 3rd, and I’m told you can’t build ’22MY cars in the ’23 calendar year, so perhaps the ’22 will run from Jan 2022 to August/Sept 2022……with the ’23 from Sept 2022 to Feb 2023. If you guys could ask your sources, it would be appreciated by a lot of Mustang fans!

    1. Montana Man

      Those are good points; I hadn’t considered the logic or reason behind model year determinations.

  2. NCEcoBoost

    Makes no sense for a carryover model. Unless they’re continuing to hope that its many problems go away with a new model year designation. Fat chance.

  3. John Coviello

    So what does the lower towing capacity mean for the 3.0Lv6? Will it’s 400 HP and 415 lb-ft of torque also decrease? This is coming from a 2020 Aviator owner.

  4. E J Micek

    Would like info on a Lincoln Hybrid SUv

  5. Bruce B.

    Anyone know why there are 2023 lincoln aviator production delays in Chicago and how long delay might last? My order went into production on 8/26 and there has been no updates.


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