And it is more powerful.
The mid-size Lincoln Aviator SUV currently comes in two flavors. There's the standard Aviator, which features a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque, and the Aviator Grand Touring, which is a plug-in hybrid model. Most hybrid models are slower than their standard counterparts but the Aviator GT is actually far more powerful than the gasoline-only model with an incredibly punchy 494 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque.
We've had the fuel economy for the standard Aviator for a while now and with ratings of 18/26/21 MPG city/highway/combined with RWD or 17/24/20 with AWD, the Lincoln is more efficient than its closest rival, the 310 hp Cadillac XT6, while also being far more powerful (and slightly more affordable). Now the EPA has released official fuel economy ratings for the Aviator GT hybrid and, unsurprisingly, they are even better than standard.
The EPA has rated the Aviator PHEV AWD at 22/25/23 MPG city/highway/combined, beating out the standard model in most measurements. Those ratings are based on running with the gasoline engine only, but the Aviator GT can achieve 54/58/56 MPGe city/highway/combined when running on gasoline and electricity together. And since the Aviator is a plug-in hybrid, it can travel 21 miles on electricity alone before firing up the combustion chambers. With a full charge and a full tank of gas, the EPA says the Aviator GT can go 460 miles.
The 2020 Lincoln Aviator GT AWD starts at $68,800 (excluding $1,095 destination and delivery), meaning it is significantly more expensive than a base Aviator with AWD ($53,600), though it does also include more standard features. Lincoln says Aviator sales are up 28 percent compared with October and more than 50 of customers are coming from other brands. The Aviator is also bringing younger buyers to the Lincoln brand - 40 percent of Aviator clients are between 36 and 55 years old, with nearly 10 percent under 35.