Back in January, Ford Authority reported that the 2023 Lincoln Aviator was scheduled to enter production at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant on May 30th, 2022. However, that date has been tweaked a bit, as sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that 2023 Lincoln Aviator order banks will open tomorrow, March 16th, with production scheduling following on April 21st and Job 1 production beginning at the Chicago Assembly Plant on June 27th, 2022. As always, however, these dates are subject to change, particularly as FoMoCo continues to battle numerous supply chain issues.
No information is currently available regarding the 2023 Aviator, so it could represent either a simple carryover from the 2022 model year or a mid-cycle refresh. The luxury crossover was completely redesigned for the 2020 model year.
The Aviator received 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.