After several years of truncated production, The Blue Oval has been able to increase production of several popular models. The 2023 Ford Escape rebounded from earlier production constraints at levels that appear healthy. Additionally, the Ford Mustang has left its factory in higher numbers as the new S650 generation has entered production. Unfortunately, some vehicles haven’t enjoyed a production rebound, with the 2023 Lincoln Aviator being one of a group of models still impacted by broad supply chain issues.
According to production numbers included in the July 2023 U.S. sales report, 1,514 examples of the 2023 Lincoln Aviator came out of Chicago Assembly plant last month. That figure represented a 62 percent increase from June’s output. Unfortunately, while that is no doubt a positive development, overall output of the luxury SUV is down significantly when compared to monthly figures from Q1 2023. January represented the best month for Aviator production this year, at 2,840 units. Following suit, February and March saw 2,551 and 2,604 examples leave the factory, respectively. In June, only 932 Aviator SUVs were assembled.
At the moment, it is currently unclear why 2023 Lincoln Aviator production appears to be constrained, but developments with its closely related sibling may offer a window into the current situation. Currently, the 2023 Ford Explorer has several stop build orders in place due to an apparent supply chain issue regarding at least one wiring harness. Additionally, a stop-sale order has been issued for 360-degree camera equipped models, an issue that may impact production of either SUV. Ford Explorer production has roughly followed the same cadence as the Aviator, with production picking up in July but remaining far below Q1 2023 output.
Assuming things go according to plan, the 2023 Lincoln Aviator will make way for its refreshed counterpart later this year. The upcoming model is expected to bring more advanced technology to the luxury three-row, while keeping aesthetic changes to a minimum. It is also unclear if there will be any changes to the powertrain lineup, which currently included the 3.0L V6 EcoBoost and the plug-in hybrid variant of the same engine.