A Pleasant Surprise Awaits Lincoln Aviator Fans

a pleasant surprise awaits lincoln aviator fans

Got your eye on Lincoln’s upcoming Aviator? You’ll be pleased to learn the brand’s premium midsize crossover will enter your driveway with more bragging rights than previously thought. Specifically, more power for the same price.

As Lincoln doles out a small fleet of 2020 Aviators to a cabal of shrimp-loving auto scribes, the provided spec sheet held a surprise. The model’s certified power figures are not the same figures listed during the Aviator’s 2018 LA Auto Show reveal.

First noticed by CarBuzz, the confirmed power numbers amount to 400 horsepower (unchanged from earlier) for the base twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, plus 415 lb-ft of torque. That’s up from 400 lb-ft.

Greater things await those who shell out near-Navigator sums of cash for the plug-in hybrid variant, positioned by Lincoln as something of an exclusive hot rod that just happens to be green. While the automaker previously claimed hybrid buyers could expect 450 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque — healthy numbers by anyone’s measure — the actual output is even better.

In plug-in guise, the Aviator is good for 494 hp and 630 lb-ft, widening the already significant power gap between it and its Cadillac XT6 rival. Surely there’s a hotter “V” variant of Caddy’s new midsize CUV in the works? (Perhaps a better question would be, “Would a V variant of the XT6 turn anyone on?”)

Boasting a rear-drive layout at the bottom end (unless you’re a Canadian buyer), the Aviator starts below the XT6 in terms of price, quickly rising as buyers add all-wheel drive and loftier trims to the standard 3.0-liter/10-speed auto drivetrain. Going green and gutsy adds a lone electric motor to the mix. It’s worth mentioning that the sportier and hybrid variants of the Aviator’s Explorer platform mate do not match the Lincoln in terms of power. The Explorer hybrid is not a plug-in, either.

Ford was careful not to overlap the two models too closely.

While we now know exactly how much power these Aviators make, fuel economy for the plug-in variant remains a mystery. Presently, the EPA only lists rear-drive and AWD versions of the standard Aviator, with MPGs amounting to 18 city/26 highway/21 combined for the rear-driver. Adding all-wheel grip lowers things just a bit to 17/24/20.

Aviators begin landing at dealers later this summer.

[Images: Lincoln Motor Company]

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  • EBFlex EBFlex on Aug 12, 2019

    Hopefully this version of the Explorer will have better quality than the Ford version. already being recalled lol. And Lincoln, please hire competent designers. This looks awful.

    • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Aug 13, 2019

      My friend makes 750 dollars an hour working from home just a few hours a week. Click below to find out more! Were I one of those bots that posted that stuff all of the time I would still contribute more to this place than your rantings.

  • La834 La834 on Aug 22, 2019

    Lincoln needs to do something about their dealerships if they want to be a major player again in the luxury field. At least around my parts (near a major city), Lincolns are sold from the corner of a 45-year-old Ford dealership, fluorescent troffers, linoleum tiles and all. Nothing like the elegant bespoke surroundings at the Lexus dealership with their espresso machine and guest lounges. At least the cars, er, CUVs, are finally good enough.

  • IBx1 For all this time with the hellcat engine, everything they made was pathetic automatic scum save for the Challenger. A manual Durango, Grand Cherokee, Charger, 300C, et al would have been the real last gasp for driving enthusiasts. As it is, the party is long over.
  • 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.
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