2020 Lincoln Aviator - Three Rows of Tech

2020 lincoln aviator three rows of tech

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.

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.

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.

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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  • Dan Dan on Nov 28, 2018

    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.

  • GenesisCoupe380GT GenesisCoupe380GT on Sep 19, 2020

    Interior notwithstanding I still see just a over-decorated Ford

  • MaintenanceCosts The sweet spot of this generation isn't made anymore: the SRT 392. The Scat Pack is more or less filling the same space but it lacks a lot of the goodies, including SRT suspension, brakes, and seats. The Hellcat is too much and isn't available with a manual anymore.
  • Arthur Dailey I am normally a fan of Exner's designs but by this time the front end on the Stutz like most of the rest of the vehicle is a laughable monstrosity of gauche. The interior finishes suit the rest of the vehicle. Corey please put this series out of its misery. This is one vehicle manufacturer best left on the scrap heap of history.
  • Art Vandelay I always thought what my Challenger really needed was a convertible top to make it heavier and make visability worse.
  • Dlc65688410 Please stop, we can't take anymore of this. Think about doing something on the Spanish Pegaso.
  • MaintenanceCosts A few bits of context largely missing from this article:(1) For complicated historical reasons, the feds already end up paying much of the cost of buying new transit buses of all types. It is easier legally and politically to put capital funds than operating funds into the federal budget, so the model that has developed in most US agencies is that operational costs are raised from a combination of local taxes and fares while the feds pick up much of the agencies' capital needs. So this is not really new spending but a new direction for spending that's been going on for a long time.(2) Current electric buses are range-challenged. Depending on type of service they can realistically do 100-150 miles on a charge. That's just fine for commuter service where the buses typically do one or two trips in the morning, park through the midday, and do one or two trips in the evening. It doesn't work well for all-day service. Instead of having one bus that can stay out from early in the morning until late at night (with a driver change or two) you need to bring the bus back to the garage once or twice during the day. That means you need quite a few more buses and also increases operating costs. Many agencies are saying for political reasons that they are going to go electric in this replacement cycle but the more realistic outcome is that half the buses can go electric while the other half need one more replacement cycle for battery density to improve. Once the buses can go 300 miles in all weather they will be fine for the vast majority of service.(3) With all that said, the transition to electric will be very good. Moving from straight diesel to hybrid already cut down substantially on emissions, but even reduced diesel emissions cause real public health damage in city settings. Transitioning both these buses and much of the urban truck fleet to electric will have measurable and meaningful impacts on public health.