Lincoln Aviator production at the Chicago Assembly plant hasn’t exactly reached any sort of notably high figure for a long time, with just a couple thousand units of the luxury crossover being built each month, at best. However, things reached a new low for the Aviator and the Ford Explorer when production came to a standstill during the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike last fall. In fact, in October, Lincoln Aviator production totaled a mere 28 units, which was a whopping 2,704 less than September, though it rebounded in a big way in November as 2,361 units were built – and that number only grew only December, according to FoMoCo’s latest sales report.
Last month, Ford built a grand total of 2,447 Lincoln Aviator crossovers, which represents an increase of 86 units versus November, or around 3.6 percent. It was also the Aviator’s third-best month of production in the 2023 calendar year, meaning that the crossover closed out the year with 20,990 total units of production.
Meanwhile, 2024 Lincoln Aviator production began on January 2nd, 2024, and as Ford Authority previously reported, the crossover will carry over completely unchanged save for one major update – the plug-in hybrid Grand Touring model has been discontinued for the new year, though it’s possible the PHEV will make a comeback as part of a forthcoming 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 it and the Explorer.
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.