As Ford Authority reported in May, the 2022 Lincoln Aviator was refreshed for the Chinese market with some new tech and improved seats, but in North American, the luxurious crossover is only receiving a few minor updates for the 2023 model year – including two new exterior colors, while standard seating on Reserve models changes to 10-way for the driver and 8-way for the passenger seat. Now, Automotive News is reporting that the next-generation Lincoln Aviator ICE variants will likely debut in 2025, which is interesting for one particular reason.
FoMoCo plans to continue to build the next-generation Lincoln Aviator ICE models at the Chicago Assembly plant, though as Ford Authority reported earlier this week, the next-gen Ford Explorer will likely debut in 2026 – a year after the Aviator, with which it shares the Ford CD6 platform.
As Ford Authority reported back in December, Explorer and Lincoln Aviator all-electric variants were pushed back to late 2024 after The Blue Oval nixed plans to build both alongside the Ford Mustang Mach-E at the Cuautitlan Assembly plant in Mexico. Recent rumors indicate that the Explorer and Aviator EVs could be produced at the Oakville Assembly plant in Canada, which will be retooled for the production of five all-electric models beginning in 2025. However, that report also left open the possibility that the Explorer and Aviator EVs could wind up being produced at the Chicago plant alongside their ICE counterparts at some point in the future.
Meanwhile, in China, the Aviator has already been treated to revised bolstering for the seats, new seat adjustment settings that can be activated via voice control for second-row seating, a new third-row seat design, a larger 12.8-inch center touchscreen running SYNC+, and the Lincoln Digital Scent system, which allows owners to choose from seven different fragrances with customized profiles that can be controlled by voice commands.