Next Lincoln Aviator Spied

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

The next Lincoln Aviator has been spotted in disguise.

Motor Authority thinks that the next Avi will launch either this year or early next as a 2024 model.

There appear to be small styling tweaks front and rear, and a screenshot of the infotainment screen seems to show the next front end -- which will have either a chrome strip or light bar across the grille.

The infotainment screen appears to be larger -- it stretches across the entire width of the center stack. The audio and HVAC controls, along with the buttons for the transmission shifter, also look bigger.

MA points out that the prototype has a bevy of cameras and sensors onboard, perhaps as part of testing an advanced-driver assist system. MA speculates that it could be the next-gen of Lincoln's ActiveGlide driver-assist system.

There's nothing visible here that indicates what the future holds for powertrains, but we know Lincoln has EV plans for the Aviator for 2025, as Ford does for the similar Explorer.

Click here for the spy shots.

[Image: Lincoln]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • El scotto El scotto on Jan 17, 2023

    Uh, does anyone on here have one? My Lexus is getting long in the tooth.

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    • Kcflyer Kcflyer on Jan 19, 2023

      Buy another GX before they ruin it or discontinue it. Was in Pittsburgh for a funeral last weekend driving the wife's GX with blizzacks. GPS took us to one of pittsburghs heavily sloped streets just blocks from the church. I'm guessing 15% grade? Thin dusting of snow over who knows what beneath. In hindsight I should have turned around and not risked it but the GX walked right up the block, no fuss no muss. It's no economy king at 18 mpg but ours was cheaper than a new 4 runner and the V8 made it a no brainer.

  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Jan 17, 2023

    "we know Lincoln has EV plans for the Aviator for 2025, as Ford does for the similar Explorer."

    50/50 IMO. The little bit I saw was damning with faint praise for the F-150 EV and Mach-E well, despite all the denial from fanbois only did 39K units in USDM 2022 while in Q2 2022 alone Model Y moved 53K units. Now add in Tesla price cuts and recession, I know I'm if I'm Dearborn I'm not putting eleventy billion of my R&D dollars into turning Explorer/Aviator into Model X posers for MY25 (for contrast Explorer moved 207K units last year).

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    • Kcflyer Kcflyer on Jan 19, 2023

      Thanks 28. Weird times

  • El scotto El scotto on Jan 18, 2023

    @28-Cars-Later; Sir, probably very true. The GX is the American Prado so I think it can handle the wilds of the DC Burbs and the streets to Sc golf courses.

  • El scotto El scotto on Jan 18, 2023

    @Bpscarguy; Sir, Thank You for your reply. The Jeep has a better 4wd system, is cheaper and it kinda sounds like CINCHOUSE likes it too.