By on November 28, 2018

2020 Lincoln Aviator

LOS ANGELES – A press release full of flying puns heralded the new 2020 Lincoln Aviator.

Tech is the key with this SUV – literally. One available feature is the ability to use your smartphone to unlock the doors and start the engine. Yes, that’s a very 2018 type of thing for an OEM to do.

Another 2018 thing to do is to offer a hybrid trim as a performance variant – and Lincoln is doing that with the Aviator Grand Touring trim, which pairs an electric motor with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6.

Lincoln doesn’t mince words – it says the midsize luxury SUV is the highest volume segment in the U.S. and the third-highest volume in China. Naturally, the brand needs a three-row SUV in this class.

All-wheel drive is available, and that twin-turbo V6 also finds a home in non-hybrid models, promising an output of 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. The plug-in hybrid is expected to make 450 hp and 600 lb-ft.

2020 Lincoln Aviator

You’ll get a 10-speed automatic transmission with this gas engine, plus five drive modes. The hybrid offers two additional drive modes to allow drivers to best manage their electrical assist, though Lincoln doesn’t say what kind of all-electric driving range one might expect in “Pure EV” mode.

Inside, the instrument cluster has a LCD screen that spans 12.3 inches.

The smartphone as key tech has a keypad backup (inside and out) in case of dead batteries, and the app can be deleted if your phone falls into the wrong hands. We’re skeptical about this tech, but who knows – it could be the wave of the future.

2020 Lincoln Aviator

Lincoln has taught the Aviator some suspension tricks. It lowers itself to let you into the vehicle, and available Adaptive Suspension with Road Preview uses a camera to scan the road for potholes and crappy surfaces and adjust damping accordingly.

Other on-board tech includes driver-assist features such as a traffic-jam assist system and a system that helps you steer around a collision. Additional available features include wireless cell phone charging and in-car Wi-Fi hotspot.

2020 Lincoln Aviator

The second-row seats recline and that phone app can also activate the power liftgate. A premium audio system is available. Black Label features and materials are available, with several versions to choose from, including Flight, Destination, and Chalet.

[Images © 2018 Tim Healey/TTAC, Lincoln]

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47 Comments on “2020 Lincoln Aviator – Three Rows of Tech...”


  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Is this car actually being shown at L.A., or is Ford just handing out pictures?

  • avatar
    gtem

    American Range Rover, I like it (except for that huge console). Lincoln’s been on a roll with interiors as of late it seems. It doesn’t have the RR’s offroad bragging rights, I suppose that doesn’t really matter practically speaking. Although the heritage/image factor of wheeling around a muddy field to go fox hunting is perhaps non trivial to some shoppers in this space.

  • avatar
    Lichtronamo

    This is a great looking vehicle inside and out. Nicely differentiated from the 2020 Explorer seen in photos earlier. FoMoCo is going to sell a lot of these – good for the Lincoln brand.

  • avatar
    SixspeedSi

    Looks good, not too different from the “concept”. I’m genuinely surprised the base motor is a 3.0TT with 400 HP. I would’ve just assumed they would have stuck a small turbo 4 in for a base like everyone else. With the success of the new Navigator, I think this will do well for Lincoln.

    • 0 avatar
      Maxb49

      True, but it would have been nice to have the 5.0 V8 as an option in this vehicle. Our household has both an ecoboost and a coyote. The Coyote would have gone a long way to put this SUV at the top of its class. Ford is being penny wise and pound foolish.

      • 0 avatar
        Scoutdude

        I agree that the option of a V8 would be nice however the days of a V8 in a midsize are long gone, heck they don’t even put it in the Navigator who’s chassis and engine compartment are desgined for it since it is shared with the F150. I’d like to see a smaller V8 say around 4L and maybe they could go ahead and throw a couple of turbos at it.

        • 0 avatar
          Kyree S. Williams

          I wouldn’t be surprised if the 5.0 becomes unavailable in the F-150 as well. Customers have voted with their wallets, and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 has a far higher take rate, especially since it’s a modest price increase from the 5.0.

          • 0 avatar
            Maxb49

            “I wouldn’t be surprised if the 5.0 becomes unavailable in the F-150 as well.”

            I would. Owning both, the 5.0 is the more durable engine. Fewer warranty claims on the 5.0 as well.

          • 0 avatar
            Scoutdude

            I can’t see it going away anytime soon, at least in the fleet grade models. I know all the gov’t F150s around here have the 5.0.

          • 0 avatar
            here4aSammich

            Those of us who buy our cars and keep them would disagree. I’m guessing a turbo isn’t a big deal if you are focused on the monthly payment and swap it every 36 months. If you buy it and keep it for 250k miles, the twin turbo is the last [email protected] thing you want. It’s a good looking ride, it needs a naturally aspirated option.

        • 0 avatar
          Maxb49

          “I’d like to see a smaller V8 say around 4L and maybe they could go ahead and throw a couple of turbos at it.”

          Displacement is not equivalent to packaging size. The 4.6 liter Ford looks like a monster compared to the 5.7 SBC despite being 1.1 liters less in displacement. A twin turbo 4.0 V8 will take up more space than a naturally aspirated Coyote.

          This decision is all about beancounters squeezing every last dime out of the damned ecoboost.

    • 0 avatar
      dwford

      400hp from the base motor does seem like overkill. The 2.7TT with 325hp would have been enough to start with.

  • avatar
    EBFlex

    Gotta love how technology Jeep had years and years ago is now being touted as something unique by the near luxury Lincoln.

    Really unlocking your vehicle from a cellphone? That’s nothing new at all.

    • 0 avatar
      whynot

      I mean I know you have secretly liked the Aviator since the concept despite your whole anti-FoMoCo shtick, but the mere fact that the only thing you are picking at is language in a company press release of all things just confirms it.

      • 0 avatar
        EBFlex

        Huh?

        It’s not anti Ford to talk about things other manufacturers have been doing for many years. Like lowering the suspension when parked. Again Jeep the fancy Fords to that years ago.

        I don’t mind the Lincoln Explorer. The side profile is generic but inoffensive. The front end though is terrible much like the Explorer.

        It’s just not this big game changer that it’s being made out to be. They did nothing to innovate or make it stand out. It’s yet another SUV in a sea of SUVs

    • 0 avatar
      brn

      EBFlex, when most you say are anti-Ford, people react.

      In this case, I’ll say that although I’m not a Chrylser fan, I like to give them credit where it’s due. They’ve often been ahead of the curve with tech. They had wifi in their cars, before most people had it in their homes. They had cylinder deactivation in 60’s. The list goes on.

  • avatar
    RSF

    This needs to be on dealer lots like yesterday.

  • avatar
    NoID

    Is this the one with the longitudinal powertrain that they promised, or is this built on the existing Explorer architecture?

  • avatar
    Luke42

    You can’t call this dino-burner a “high tech” vehicle as long as Tesla is still making cars.

  • avatar
    YellowDuck

    GORGEOUS! I’ve never owned a Ford in my life, but this could convert me. What kind of tow capacity is it likely to have? If it is at least 3500 lbs I can’t think of anything else to complain about. So nice….

  • avatar
    mjg82

    I think this thing is gorgeous, I’d buy this over anything else in it’s class…if I had the funds to shop this class.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    Color me impressed. I feel like FoMoCo pulled out all the stops here. This is the vehicle they needed to be making. It’s got ample design presence, power, technology, and space. Kudos for making a new RWD-based platform, too. I’d buy it.

    I will, however, say that the gray interior version looks a bit depressing. Give me one of the richer color combinations from the Black Label collection.

    • 0 avatar
      SPPPP

      This SUV does look very nice. I think I might like it. But what about this:
      “…midsize luxury SUV is the highest volume segment in the U.S.”?

      Could this possibly be true? If so, what vehicles are included in this list?

  • avatar
    FAS

    Its very nice. Nothing wrong with it.
    That’s not enough. Its a Lincoln. Avg Transactional Price is likely about what $57k? Plus or minus a few K?

    There are far too many people in the US (myself included) that can’t fathom calling my best friend on the phone and inviting him to come look at my new $57k Lincoln. I’m not saying its right, I’m just saying it is.

    • 0 avatar
      deanst

      Exactly. They need some stunning design to hide the embarrassment of owning a Lincoln. The default option is the Germans, and you need a compelling reason to risk buying anything else. Ford should have kept jaguar and Land Rover – they would be much more successful trying to sell vehicles with those names on them.

      • 0 avatar
        sd23

        Maybe some snark intended, but is the only reason you wouldn’t consider the Aviator is due to the badge? If you look at the technology and engine, it’s every bit as advanced and capable as its counterparts, and easily more so. What I find laughable is that you’d be too embarrassed to show your friends a $57k Lincoln but would have no problem showing off an equivalent jaguar or Land Rover that have laughable reliability, quality control, and resale.

    • 0 avatar
      la834

      Have you seen what people are spending on a new Navigator? Evidently plenty of people are fine with spending over $57k on a Lincoln.

      • 0 avatar
        FAS

        I do see what people are spending on new Navs. Problem being is that for example, Toy/Lex only sold 375 less LX/LC’s last month and they haven’t touched those things in a decade. Or put another way, Lexus moved more than twice as many GX’s last month as Lincoln sold navigators and they haven’t touched that in a decade either…Its an anecdotal example of course, but still.

        My point is Lincoln has the snakebite and its not going away. Cadillac has it too…Being good doesn’t cut it here. Nothing was wrong with the Old Aviator when it came out either….Alas I see the same ultimate autopsy results for this one in the future as well. Again, still.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      Well, I would buy what I really want and what is probably the best product in the segment, but I’m a badge whore, so I’ll buy an inferior product just so nobody says anything negative.

      How utterly pathetic.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        Tell us more!

        Your responses (plural, many) on this particular topic, just as with EVERY TOPIC/ARTICLE, have not yet fully flushed out all details of your weekly schedule, past 30 years (or so) of life, what you’re feeling about the automotive sector generally, as well as your political, economic, philosophical and other views.

        We need at least a’dozen or more comments from you, John83Taurus94FordTempo2003KiaAmantiUberDriverRealTimeRepaorUpdates, on each and every TTAC article, before we really know how to respond.

        Tell us more!

      • 0 avatar
        FAS

        To my point, Lincoln backed off their former 2020 sales projection this morning…

        As I said, it looks like a great rig, doesn’t matter…For the same reason the Continental is dead man walking, the Aviator will end up being a rounding error. Just an opinion based on history and present day facts. $5k in spiffs by Easter. Sorry.

  • avatar
    Boxerman

    Looks great. Thats the suit, its also whats underneath that counts.
    Hopefully is has way better drivign dynamics than the current explorer.
    Hopefully its competitively priced

    lastly if near uselss and often aggravating tech for etch sake sold vehicles the Ct6 would still be with us and volvo would be leading the pack.

    if stats are to believed most of us turn this tech off.

  • avatar
    Dan

    Ford is even later to the party here than they were with the Navigator but at least they’re here now. It looks great, it’s expensive, the next crash isn’t quite here yet so smoke ’em while you got ’em.


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