The new Lincoln Aviator three-row SUV is here to take luxury to a new level.
After a 13-year absence, the Lincoln Aviator is finally back. Revealed at the 2018 LA Auto Show, the all-American luxury SUV has made a triumphant comeback after being previewed by the Aviator concept in New York earlier this year, arriving with sleek styling, advanced tech, and, for the first time, an optional high-performance hybrid powertrain.
The hybrid powertrain will be available in the Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring “named for its gliding power and effortless performance,” marking the first time the automaker has combined a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and advanced electrified hybrid technology delivering smooth performance and instantaneous torque.
Paired with a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, the standard model’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine is expected to deliver 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid option, on the other hand, is expected to produce 450 hp and a mountain-moving 600 lb-ft of torque, offering better performance than other three-row midsize luxury hybrid SUVs on the market.
Available driving modes include Normal, Conserve, Excite, Slippery, and Deep Conditions, as well as new Pure EV and Preserve EV modes for the Aviator Grand Touring. As the name suggests, the Excite mode maximizes performance. The new Aviator is also loaded with advanced technology and driver assists. As you enter the SUV, the suspension system automatically lowers to “greet” you in addition to the welcome lighting. It’s not just a gimmick, either – it serves a practical purpose that makes it easier to load cargo.
Once inside, compatible smartphones can be used as a key using Lincoln’s new ‘Phone As A Key’ technology activated through the Lincoln Way app, allowing owners to lock and unlock the doors, open the liftgate and, start the vehicle. It can also be used to locate the vehicle or store individual preferences for adjusting seat, mirror, and steering column positions, as well as comfort and entertainment settings.
Up to four “keys” are provided in addition to the standard smart key fob. If a phone battery dies, a passcode can be entered on the exterior keypad to gain entry, then a backup code can be entered on the center touchscreen to start the vehicle. If a phone is lost or stolen, Phone As A Key can be easily deleted.
An advanced forward camera also constantly scans the road for potholes and adjusts the suspension accordingly for a smoother ride. Like all Lincolns, the new Aviator comes with a suite of driver-assist features known as Lincoln Co-Pilot360. More advanced optional assists are also available, including Traffic Jam Assist, Evasive Steer Assist, Reverse Brake Assist, and Active Park Assist Plus.
The new Aviator is easily distinguished by its dramatic flowing lines and an aviation-inspired wraparound windshield, while Lincoln’s signature grille is finished in high-gloss black and chrome accents that give the SUV a premium look.
Inside, the cabin is spacious and minimalist, giving an air of luxury. The 12.3-inch LCD instrument cluster is fully configurable, while an available Revel Ultima 3D Audio System includes 28 speakers to re-create an authentic concert-hall experience. The in-car alert sounds were also recorded by Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Voice commands can be activated using subtle thumb movements on the all-new ergonomic steering wheel, while the comfortable front seats have 30-way adjustability, massage capability and additional lumbar support. The flexible second-row seats recline, adjust fore and aft, and slide forward for easy access to the third row, while the third row provides ample seating and cargo space, even in the hybrid Grand Touring thanks to its under-floor battery packaging.
Like its name suggests, the Aviator has aeronautical inspiration. “The connotations of flight are intrinsic in the lines of the vehicle,” says David Woodhouse, design director, The Lincoln Motor Company. “You have the stature and presence of the grille at the front, then the body and tail taper off –creating a distinct aerofoil analogy.”
In regards the Aviator's luxurious qualities, Woodhouse says "luxury is about creating something you didn’t know was possible. It requires a certain degree of mystery, seduction and allure–factors that are decidedly inplay with Aviator.”
A Luggage Tan and Ebony interior color combo follows a new 'Flight" theme, available on the Black Label trim. Aping the finish on early aviation instrument panels, the beautiful cabin boasts engine-turn appliqués, brushed in small circles.