Back in March Lincoln showed a thinly-veiled “concept” version of the revived Lincoln Aviator. Now the luxury brand has taken the wraps off the formal production version of their new SUV. While there’s no surprises in terms of what the 2020 Aviator looks like, the story here is what’s under the hood.
The 2020 Lincoln Aviator will be powered by two variants of a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine. The base version will be a traditional gas engine offering an impressive 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. However, Lincoln isn’t stopping there. The brand is going to offer a plug0in hybrid version of the same twin-turbocharged engine that will push the power output to a staggering 450 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. For those keeping tabs, that’s on-part with the V-8 competition from the German SUV rivals.
Lincoln hasn’t disclosed the electric range or fuel economy figures for the new Aviator, but has confirmed it will be able to run on electric-only. The battery for the hybrid variant is housed between the front and rear wheels on the passenger side of the vehicle, while the electric motor is sandwiched between the engine and transmission. Speaking of transmission, all versions of the Aviator will have Ford’s new 10-speed automatic. After the transmission the power will go to the rear wheels or to all wheels.
The new Aviator is also rolling out a new adaptive air suspension system Lincoln calls Air Glide. The system utilizes a camera mounted on the front of the Aviator to scan the road ahead and adapt the suspension accordingly, similar to competitor systems. Lincoln has taken the suspension setup further by programming it to lower as the driver approaches the vehicle for easier passenger entry.
Lincoln is also using the Aviator to rollout other new technologies for the brand. Aviator owners will not have to carry a key fob with them to access their vehicle. Instead, the driver’s phone can act as the key fob. Owners can register up to four devices to act as key fobs. The Aviator will also offer heads-up display and other new-to-Lincoln features.
Thus far Lincoln has not disclosed pricing for the 2020 Aviator. Pricing will likely be announced closer to its summer 2019 launch.