The 2023 Lincoln Aviator has been in production since late May, bringing about minor changes to the luxury crossover ahead of its expected 2024 model year refresh. For starters, two new exterior colors were added, while a black roof option was made available for the Black Label trim. More changes are on the way, however, this time in the form of feature deletions, as Ford Authority has learned that the 2023 Aviator lineup may lose the subwoofer and amplifier options.
As of August 29th, 2022 production, 2023 Lincoln Aviator units that roll off the line at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant will have the subwoofer and amplifier removed. At this time, it’s unclear if this will be a required option for all models, or if it will apply to specific trim levels. While it’s also unclear if this change is related to the ongoing global microchip shortage, it’s highly possible that the circumstance contributed to the decision to delete the aforementioned audio features.
As a reminder, the 2023 Lincoln Aviator currently offers two sound systems. The first is the standard Lincoln Premium Audio System, which includes 10 speakers spaced throughout the cabin, including subwoofers. The second is the Revel Audio System, which is available on Reserve, Grand Touring and Black Label trim levels. This system upgrades the sound story to 14 speakers, including one subwoofer.
The Aviator has been steadily improving its sales position in its segment. Sales of the three-row luxury crossover fell eight percent to 10,950 units during the first six months of the 2022 calendar year. While that might not seem like great news, the performance outpaces the segment – which contracted an average of 19 percent.