This isn't your grandfather's Lincoln.
For a brand that was nearly dead only a decade or so ago, Lincoln’s transformation has been quite remarkable. This is all the more evidenced by the all-new 2020 Lincoln Aviator, making its debut at the 2018 LA Auto Show. First previewed by the concept version last April in New York, the production Aviator looks almost identical with its sleek exterior styling and luxurious interior with wonderful attention to detail throughout.
But perhaps it’s what can be had under the hood that’s the most interesting. The three-row Aviator is the first Lincoln to be offered with a high-performance powertrain, specifically a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 connected to a hybrid setup.
Without the extra electrical juice, this engine alone produces an impressive 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. But with the aid of batteries, these figures increase to 450 hp and 600 lb-ft in the Aviator Grand Touring trim. A 10-speed automatic is the sole transmission. Lincoln also wants Aviator owners to be able to drive their SUV in any condition, thus offering Normal, Conserve, Excite, Slippery, and Deep Conditions driving modes. The Aviator Grand Touring (aka the hybrid), also has Pure EV and Preserve EV modes.
Upon entering the new Aviator, the suspension system automatically lowers itself as sort of a “greeting” mode, which includes welcome lighting. Owners can also utilize the brand’s ‘Phone As A Key’ tech, operated via the Lincoln Way app, to unlock and lock the doors, and even start the vehicle. Several safety technologies also come standard, included in the Lincoln Co-Pilot360 driver assist feature.
A few optional safety assists include Traffic Jam Assist, Evasive Steer Assist, and Active Park Assist Plus. Step inside and you’ll find a 12.3-inch LCD screen. Even the in-car alert sounds were recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The seats have 30-way adjustability, massage capability, and additional lumbar support. Lincoln has not yet announced pricing or on-sale date, but we fully expect the 2020 Lincoln Aviator to cost more than its corporate cousin, the upcoming next-generation Ford Explorer.