The new Lincoln Aviator is something remarkable. Its ample power and interior roominess make you feel like it is about to fly. In addition to this, it has the impeccable good looks of a Greek goddess. This three-row SUV can host seven passengers. It is the perfect definition of thoughtful luxury and insane power. This vehicle was launched in this year’s LA auto show. It slots in between the larger Navigator and the smaller Nautilus in Lincoln's lineup. The new Aviator is likely to be Ford’s savior in China, where the company’s fortunes have dwindled recently. Also, it has the potential to perform well in the United States. The automaker is hoping that new Aviator will continue where the smash-hit Lincoln Navigator left off in 2018.
What is under the hood?
This vehicle gets its juice from a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that is divided into two versions. You get 400 lb-ft of torque and 400 hp with the base engine. The same engine has a plug-in hybrid version that offers 600 lb-ft of torque and 450 hp. A 10-speed automatic transmission is used in both versions. It might not be the most expensive or the biggest model in the lineup, but it offers a crazy amount of power for a Lincoln SUV with three rows. In fact, the new Aviator has more oomph when compared to other similar rivals from BMW or Mercedes-Benz.
Where will it be built?
This three-row SUV has been built in the automaker’s newly improved Chicago assembly plant. Ford’s engineers have built the new Aviator with a similar platform as the Ford Explorer. Interestingly, the platform rides on rear-wheel-drive.
How much will it cost?
Ford has not announced the price of the 2020 Lincoln Aviator. We predict that most of the trims will cost between $65,000 and $50,000 while the price of the base model will be something below $50,000. We have considered the fact that you are required to spend just over $40,000 to get the current 2019 Lincoln Nautilus. These figures are also backed by some rumors that have revealed that this luxury SUV will have a price tag that is between the Audi Q7 and Q5. This vehicle can be bought during the next summer.
Which drive modes does it offer?
We assure you that you will be spoilt for choice, like a fat kid in a room full of cake. Why? There are numerous driving modes in the 2020 Aviator. The base trim level will come with five modes: Slippery, Conserve, Normal, Excite and Deep Conditions (which is used when you’re on off-road terrain.) Meanwhile, the plug-in version will add two extra driving modes: Preserve EV and Pure EV, with one concentrating on preserving the battery charge level and the other on performance respectively.
What about its safety?
The Lincoln Co-Pilot 360 package comes standard in the Aviator. This suite is made up of driver-assist, and advanced safety features like automatic high beams, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist and automatic emergency braking. You will get more optional features with the Lincoln Co-Pilot 360 Plus package. The vehicle can alter its speed based on signs; this is thanks to its speed limit sign recognition feature. It has Traffic Jam Assist and a lane centering feature that reduces the stress of driving in traffic. Active Park Assist Plus is used for acceleration, steering, parallel packing, braking, and shifting. If an obstacle is detected while reversing, then the car will be stopped by an automatic braking system. Sometimes braking alone can’t stop a collision, and that’s why the Aviator also adds steering support within its Evasive Steer Assist.
What is our verdict?
The 2020 Lincoln Aviator has a comeback story that really warms our hearts. We believe that it will perform well when it competes against its three-row luxury SUV rivals. Why? It has a perfect blend of impressive power, stunning good looks, substantial luxury, a rear-drive platform, great styling, a plug-in hybrid option, and a swanky interior.