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Lincoln Aviator Gets Advanced Suspension Tech For Smoother Rides

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The new Lincoln Aviator will be one of the smoothest SUVs on the market.

After debuting at the 2018 LA Auto Show last November, the all-new Lincoln Aviator will soon be arriving in dealers this summer. Helping the Aviator stand out in the crowded mid-size SUV segment is its abundance of advanced technology, such as Lincoln's new Adaptive Suspension with Road Preview that makes the three-row SUV silky smooth and refined for long journeys.

According to Lincoln, the Aviator's advanced Adaptive Suspension uses 12 sensors that constantly monitor vehicle motion, body movement, steering, acceleration, and braking. Impressively, these sensors read the road 500 times per second and can automatically prompt setting adjustments up to 100 times per second. "The system in Aviator is so advanced that its sensors speed-read the road ahead and adjust the system faster than a blink of an eye, with more than 23,000 inputs of data per second," explained David Russell, vehicle dynamics technical specialist at Lincoln.

The suspension's advanced pothole mitigation can also sense when a wheel is dropping into a severe dip and stiffens the shock absorber to reduce the amount of drop and the harshness of a tire strike. Each wheel responds independently, allowing the vehicle to adapt to any road surface.

When the available Adaptive Suspension is paired with Lincoln's Road Preview tech, the Aviator uses the front-facing camera to read the road surface nearly 50 feet ahead and scans for height deviations. This tech enables the SUV to spot speed bumps, frost heaves and other height deviations between 2 and 8 inches high and prepares the suspension accordingly .

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If you want even more refinement, the Aviator's available Air Glide Suspension replaces traditional hard coil springs with guided air springs, enabling several preset ride heights. Upon approach, the Aviator lowers, allowing for easier entry and cargo loading. If you want to venture off-road, the Deep Conditions drive mode raises the SUV to its highest position for better capability. When driving at speeds above 70 mph, the Aviator lowers to Aero Height to optimize efficiency and performance. "Not every journey is smooth," said Russell. "But we can make the ride more refined so you can just sit back and enjoy it all."

Under the hood, the 2020 Lincoln Aviator is available with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine delivering around 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, while a hybrid option is expected to increase the output to 450 hp. Pricing starts at $52,195 including a $1,095 destination and delivery charge, but a fully loaded model will set you back over $90,000.