Lincoln introduced a new midsize SUV at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Called Aviator, the 3-row crossover boasts a number of new features along with a hybrid version seemingly aimed more at performance than fuel economy.
The 2020 Lincoln Aviator is due to come standard with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that’s expected to deliver 400 horsepower and 400 lb. ft. of torque. Note particularly the latter, as the hybrid-powered Grand Touring model uses a similar engine along with electric-motor power to produce a projected 450 horsepower and 600 lb. ft. of torque.
Aviator will be available with a suspension system that automatically lowers the vehicle to ease entry and cargo loading, and can also “read” the road ahead to adjust its settings for greater ride comfort. Other technologies on offer include the ability to lock/unlock the doors and power liftgate, and even start the car using your cell phone through the Lincoln Way app. (In case your cell-phone battery dies, you can also open the door using the standard exterior keypad.)
Also available will be an upgrade to Lincoln’s standard Co-Pilot360 suite of high-tech safety features called, appropriately, Co-Pilot360 Plus. It includes Traffic Jam Assist (which assists in braking, accelerating, and steering in slow-moving traffic), Evasive Steer Assist (helps the driver avoid a collision with a slower or stopped vehicle), Reverse Brake Assist (will automatically apply the brakes when backing if an obstacle is detected), and Active Park Assist Plus (the “Plus” being that it doesn’t just help steer you into a parallel or perpendicular parking space, but also applies the gas and brakes).
No word yet on pricing or on-sale date, but the latter won’t be until at least the 2019 calendar year.
Lincoln is showing some new life with an updated fleet of SUVs, including the redesigned-for-2018 full-size Navigator, and now the new Aviator. This might well be the shot in the arm Lincoln needs, as premium crossovers — of all sizes — are proving very popular. Although it almost goes without saying, we certainly look forward to getting our hands on a midsize crossover with 600 lb. ft. of torque.