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Lincoln Aviator Diesel Likely Scrapped Due To Grand Touring Model

Back in March of 2019, Ford Authority spies came across a Lincoln Aviator diesel prototype, confirming that such a model was in development. However, years have gone by and that model still hasn’t launched, nor has any other information about it emerged, meaning that the oil burning version of the luxury crossover is likely canceled. There are a few reasons why FoMoCo would pivot away from a Lincoln Aviator diesel model, too.

For starters, the overall market has changed quite a bit in recent years, and diesels continue to lose favor among shoppers in virtually every segment save for heavier-duty trucks. Once favored for its efficiency, diesel fuel is currently quite expensive when compared to gas, and hybrid vehicles have become more popular among those seeking economical modes of transportation. Along those same lines, the Aviator Grand Touring plug-in hybrid offers both ample amounts of power and essentially negates the need for a Lincoln Aviator diesel due to its impressive efficiency.

Lincoln Aviator Power Figures
Lincoln Aviator 3.0L V6 Lincoln Aviator 3.0L V6 PHEV Ford F-150 3.0L V6 Power Stroke diesel
Power (horsepower @ RPM) 400 @ 5,500 494 @ 5,500 250 @ 3,250
Torque (Ib-ft. @ RPM) 415 @ 3,000 630 @ 2,250 440 @ 1,750

As we can see in the chart above, the twin-turbocharged Ford 3.0L V6 EcoBoost makes an impressive 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque in the Aviator, while the Grand Touring model builds upon that with an even more impressive 494 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the turbocharged Ford 3.0L V6 Power Stroke diesel – which was rumored to be the choice for a diesel Aviator model – only makes 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque in the Ford F-150, where it has been discontinued.

As Ford Authority exclusively reported back in November 2020, FoMoCo also canceled plans to sell an EcoBlue diesel-powered Ford Transit in the U.S. after the automaker determined that there would not be enough market demand to justify bringing it stateside. Instead, Ford moved onward with the all-electric E-Transit, and that will also be the case with the Aviator, which will see an EV variant launch in late 2024 as the luxury brand aims to electrify its entire lineup by 2027. While China is getting a refreshed Aviator for the 2022 model year, the U.S. version isn’t due to be updated until 2024, as Ford Authority reported earlier this month.

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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. Ralph Corsi

    I am surprised that none of the manufacturers have come up with a diesel Hybrid. My Cayenne diesel gets regularly 31-35mpg and that is with a 5000 pound SUV. If you added an electric motor and battery to the mix you could possibly get 40 to 45 mpg. Yes diesel is more expensive at this unusual time but it wasn’t more expensive three or four years ago so why wasn’t it done then? The manufacturers missed the boat on that one.

  2. Kenny D

    Lincoln Aviator Diesel Likely Scrapped Due To Grand Touring Model???? How about Due to the COST RELATED TO DIESEL FUEL??????? Here in California….. It’s Over $7++++ A GALLON. Ya’ll remember when DIESEL was Cheaper than Regular FUEL???? Those Day’s are LONG GONE!!!!! “EH”????? And HOW do we Get Our Car’s Delivered, And Our FOOD Delivered, And Our GASOLINE DELIVERED, And Our Goods like Clothing Delivered to the Stores you “MIGHT ASK” “O” YA, It’s by a DIESEL POWERED RIG OF SOME SORT!!! GOOD LUCK Electrifying Those RIGS and Getting this across the “OCEAN”, MAP….. Ha, It’s just Comical!!! Ain’t It???

    1. Everyday Patriot

      Actually, you’re kind of comical, but more hysterical, really.
      Hopes and Prayers, Kenny; Hopes and Prayers.

  3. Ford Owner

    Hybrid trains are Diesel generators powering electric motors at the wheels, so heavy duty trucks can use the same to reduce fuel costs .

  4. John Baker

    How can Ford favour the All electric transit over the the Ford Ecoblue Diesel? These trucks need to cover interstate distances. They should release both for city couriers Electic is ideal but not for the distance couriers. In the UK & Europe parts for the Ecoblue are massively common and easy to maintain too

  5. David Dickinson

    The federal regulations on diesel engines have become so strict that that cost of producing an engine with an exhaust system that can burn off emissions from diesel is too high. Chalk up another win for the environmental zealots who used regulation to push their agenda.

  6. Tyhin Zoshav

    A diesel hybrid would be pretty cool.


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