Originally expected to receive a mid-cycle refresh for the 2024 model year, the Ford Explorer revamp was recently pushed back to 2025, as Ford Authority previously reported, which will likely also be the case for its luxurious counterpart, the Lincoln Aviator. However, as Ford Authority reported just yesterday, the 2024 Ford Explorer is experiencing one major update, however – the 3.3L V6 Hybrid powertrain is no longer available, and according to Car & Driver, its PHEV counterpart – the Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring – has also been ditched for the new model model year, too.
The Explorer Hybrid and Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring utilize completely different powertrains, as the former is a traditional electrified setup, while the latter utilizes a plug-in hybrid system that pairs the twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 EcoBoost gas engine with an electric battery and motor, offering up to 21 miles of pure electric driving range. Ford will continue to offer the Explorer Hybrid in the form of the law enforcement-focused Police Interceptor Utility – in fact, it cites high demand for that model as the reason for the civilian version’s discontinuation – but it did not provide a specific reason why the Aviator Grand Touring is going away.
Of course, it’s possible that both the Ford Explorer Hybrid and Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring make a comeback as part of the 2025 refresh, perhaps packing a different electrified powertrain. However, for now, it’s unclear if that’s the case, and we already know that the automaker is developing all-electric versions of both crossovers.
In the meantime, Ford Authority has spotted numerous refreshed Aviator models out testing over the past few months, many devoid of any sort of camouflage, revealing the model’s updated exterior styling, as well as some interior revisions – including the disappearance of its physical HVAC button array.