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Next-Gen Lincoln Aviator May Be Fully Electric Only: Report

As Ford Authority reported last April, Lincoln will launch four new all-electric models by 2024 – one of which is expected to be the EV version of the Lincoln Aviator crossover. Lincoln is also expected to go fully-electric by 2027, at least in terms of offering an EV version of each existing model in its lineup by that date. Regardless, the latest product roadmap from AutoForecast Solutions contains some interesting information regarding the next-generation Lincoln Aviator, which may only be sold as a fully-electric model.

That particular document notes that the current-gen Lincoln Aviator will continue to be produced at the Chicago Assembly plant through December 24th, 2025, but what’s notable is the fact that there is no replacement listed for that ICE-powered luxury crossover, as is the case with a host of other models. As far as the Aviator EV, it’s slated to enter production at the Oakville Assembly plant in Canada on December 2nd, 2024, alongside the Ford Explorer EV.

However, the ICE Explorer is also expected to continue being produced in Chicago through 2035, which means that it’s possible a next-generation gas-powered Aviator isn’t in the cards, though as Ford Authority reported back in September, other sources have previously reported that the next-generation Lincoln Aviator ICE variants will likely debut in 2025.

Regardless of what happens with the ICE-powered Aviator, the all-electric version – along with the Explorer EV – will be the only two vehicles produced at the Oakville plant following its upcoming retooling – a process that’s expected to take roughly one year to complete – though the automaker reportedly planned on building upwards of five new all-electric models there. As part of that conversion, the plant will no longer produce the the Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus.

We’ll have more on the Aviator soon, so subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Lincoln Aviator news, Lincoln news, and continuous 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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Comments

  1. Ford Owner

    Just as it did with the F-150 Lightning, Ford must speed up all new EV development and sell before the competition catches up.

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    1. RWFA

      Agreed.

      Ford used to content itself with being a fast follower (of GM) but those days of a big contestable market are gone.

      Ford isn’t completely a first mover still, but wrt BEV in truck and SUV segments it is or nearly is.

      The companies who address these new markets first will have the best chance of earning back a bigger proportion of the ED&T and investment costs (before price competition kicks in) as well as have a leg up on developing their 2G models while competitors are still launching their 1G attempts.

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  2. cj

    They better keep gas engines updated as well…..its what paying the bills at the glass house..

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    1. RWFA

      The reality is that the petrol engines are pretty much at the end of their development cycle.

      There will be tweaks, and consolidation, maybe even an attempt at a corporate modular engine to increase commonality of parts and reduce costs (although I doubt it.)

      I think we have probably seen the last of the big engine programs.

      Although I’m not ruling out a common cross company engine shared by several OEMs like done with some automatic transmissions today.

      Also at some point, as sales of petrol engines decline, OEM’s could spin off engine divisions and their manufacturing assets into an JV Engine NewCo. or sell them outright to an experienced engine builder like Cummins or Cat.

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      1. crabbymilton

        Well BEV’s still have a long ways to go to earn enough people confidence so the gasoline engine isn’t going away anytime soon. Your idea doesn’t sound all that bad. After all most bus and fire apparatus builders don’t build their own engines and transmissions and that doesn’t seem to be a problem. Every car and truck builder has to rely on tire manufacturers rather than in house. Why should engines be different?

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  3. Roger

    I’ll have to alter my plans to upgrade my aviator. I was going to buy the Next gen aviator to upgrade my 2022 ice aviator. If they are not going to offer an ice I will have to look at other manufacturers for a luxury ice car.

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    1. RWFA

      Why?

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      1. crabbymilton

        Unless FORD is holding a gun to your head, you are free to buy from which ever builder you want. Builder loyalty does no good when they don’t offer vehicles that you want. There’s much more freedom in taking a generic approach.

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      2. Joseph

        WHY??? I’ll tell you why! I don’t want anything to do with a piece of crap EV as a primary vehicle! All you big supporters of getting rid of the ICE are fools. You’ll never get me to buy an EV, because as much as I’m loyal to Lincoln and Ford in general, if they don’t make what I want, I’ll get what I want somewhere else. And as much as I hate China, if America banned the production of all ICE vehicles and only China built them (like the Lincolns that will continue on in ICE version there), I’ll get one from there. F**k these leftist control freaks trying to dictate what I can drive. I don’t care what EV proponents TRY to say, they are just not as reliable, can’t be refueled/charged in a matter of a couple minutes, and the infrastructure is already not capable of handling the number of EV’s already in the road much less adding more or complete conversion. I don’t believe EV is the real future of cars. Even hydrogen fuel cells would’ve been better to continue development on.

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  4. MJ

    The market saturation of EVs is roughly 10-15%, until the range of batteries reaches 500 miles, the costs drop dramatically , and we don’t have the electrical capacity to charge millions of batteries , especially if they push this expensive unreliable renewables . It’s funny how the fake climate religion ignores the facts that battery manufacturing is far more detrimental to the environment than ICE vehicles . Don’t want one, will switch to other brands that sell ICE vehicles. Ford doesn’t even have a full range of products anymore , so they will keep shrinking in market share until they go out o pdf business or are bought out eventually. Ford can’t even build their limited lineup, takes 3-8 months or longer when ordering a vehicle .

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    1. Greaseman

      This is true, on short trip vehicles EVs make sense, but for people who live in apartments, less desirable urban areas, or make long trips (more than 200 miles each way), or need to charge up their vehicles in very cold weather EVs still don’t have the range or technology to replace internal combustion engines – ICE powered vehicles still make sense. And don’t forget about when the government starts billing all the EV owners for not paying their “fair share” of road taxes that are collected by taxes on gasoline that these EV owners are currently skirting….

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  5. Keith

    My 2023 Aviator Reserve is ice. I am very happy with it. I plan on a new one in 2025. If all I can get is an electric Aviator I will look to a different manufacturer.

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  6. Crabbymilton

    FORD can’t even build ICE vehicles without multiple recalls. Just imagine the quagmire when the BEV versions come out. Remember that GM’s X cars were supposed to be the end all and be all. Look at the disaster they turned out to be.

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    1. RWFA

      Lol.

      I’ve been reading the Monday NHTSA recall summary for decades. I’ve not done a study but I wouldn’t be surprised if most of the Ford recalls actually have nothing to do with powertrain.

      Trivia: the program manager for X was Robert Eaton the same guy who plunged Chrysler into being a takeover candidate.

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  7. Kevin

    Of course, you will be able to get a nextgen ICE Aviator for 2025. In China.

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  8. Edward

    I never fail to get a chuckle reading all the crying and wailing coming from the dinosaurs lamenting their increasingly fewer choices to burn more dinosaur juice. I guess if there had been online forums back in the day, the same moans about their precious buggy whips would have been prevalent.

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    1. MarkB

      It would make sense to still offer ICE for at least another 20 years until EV’s get their act together. I’m not going to be a “test market” to work out the bugs by buying EV’s now. Let someone else pay the high price, I’m not. I never tail to get an even more chuckle at the tree huggers who think we have to make this change overnight even though there are still more adjustments/ changes that need to be made to allow charging stations to be everywhere like the current gas stations plus function without interruptions. I’ll buy an EV in 20 – 30 years from now.

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    2. Joseph

      And I’ll never fail to question where we went wrong with Millennials and Gen Z to have raised such an inferior quality of human being! Gen X is the last great generation of men. You go play with your EV. You can race me across the country in it while I drive my normal ICE vehicle and we’ll see who gets to our destination first for less. I’m quite happy with my 2017 twin turbo “dinosaur juice” MKX that I bought new and still only has 27K miles on it! I’ll make it last a long as I can if I have to.

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  9. crabbymilton

    Well, until BEV’s are improved to the point where they have the range and reduced charge time, people will continue to buy gasoline engine powered vehicles. Not there yet. If you want one that’s fine. But just remember that the grid can’t quite handle this yet either.

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  10. Joey

    So much for Freedom of choice. At the start of the baseball game I always yell out at the stadium, “…..for the laaaand that WAS freeeee…….” Instead of what was known as “the land of the free.” two more years of this.

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    1. Fred J

      Yes two more years and you’ll get to vote for a party hell bent on turning ‘murica into an autocracy. Oh the irony!

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