The all-SUV Lincoln lineup is an impressive one these days. From the Navigator on down to the Corsair, the entire lineup is quite competitive and filled with style. Despite the competitiveness, there was some speculation the 2022 Aviator would see some mild changes, but that isn’t turning out to be the case.
Ford released the order guide for the 2022 Aviator last month. The order guide confirms there are few changes in store for the SUV; mostly typical year-over-year changes. There’s a few new exterior colors and some mild changes to the packaging, but there are no major design or technology changes.
Originally there was speculation Ford would give the 2022 Aviator some technology updates. Namely, update the interior with a larger infotainment display and the company’s SYNC 4A system. Lincoln did just that with the 2021 Nautilus, which received an entirely new interior that features SYNC 4A.
To be fair, the Aviator just launched in 2019. Such a new vehicle typically would not receive a significant update this quickly. However, Ford is also being quite aggressive with updating the technology in its lineup with SYNC 4A, so that seemed like something in the realm of possibility.
The dollars are going to the 2022 Navigator instead
One reason the 2022 Aviator is largely untouched is because of the Navigator. Lincoln’s largest SUV is going under the knife for the 2022 model year. This update will include design changes to the exterior and interior, as well as a new powertrain option.
Expect the exterior design to more closely align with the newer Lincolns, such as the Nautilus and Aviator. The interior updates will likely be modest and center around a larger infotainment screen. It’s possible the Naviator will leverage the same 13.2-inch wide display found in the 2021 Nautilus. Ford has already confirmed the largest screen SYNC 4A supports is a 15.5-inch display, which is found in the Mustang Mach E.
The bigger news for the 2022 Lincoln Navigator will be what’s under the hood. Both the Navigator and Ford Expedition are expected to receive Ford’s 3.5-liter PowerBoost hybrid V-6 powertrain. This powertrain debuted on the 2021 F-150 and offers 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque. In the F-150 this powertrain offers an impressive 24 mpg in both city and highway conditions. Expect the Navigator hybrid to be marketed as the Navigator Grand Touring, similar to hybrid variants of the Aviator and Corsair.
Orders for the 2022 Aviator have already started, but 2022 Navigator orders are not expected until later in the year.