2020 Lincoln Aviator Lands In LA With Potent Plug-In Power


This Aviator is ready to take flight.

After showing the prototype at the New York Auto Show earlier this year, Lincoln is opening the door on the production model of the 2020 Aviator, showing off both gas and plug-in variants ahead of its world debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The instruments and gauges draw inspiration from Bell and Ross, a watchmaking company renowned for its devotion to aviation-inspired design, and in place of wood trim pieces, there are polished, engine-turned aluminum accents, calling to mind the instrument panels of vintage aircraft. The pattern of aircraft runway lights inspires the perforation pattern on the cushy leather seats – massaging 30-way chairs are, of course, available – while the new Black Label interior theme, Flight, combines tan leather modeled after classic luggage. But it’s not all old-timey touches. To use another aviation phrase, the Aviator has a “glass cockpit,” with a large 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a head-up display. These are good, modern touches.

Lincoln scored big hat-tips when it debuted the Navigator, and its little brother features similar lean, long horizontal lines, with little perpendicular interruptions to distract from the front to back narrative. Black pillars disappear in a sea of tinted cabin glass, making the window line its own horizontal front-to-back design stroke, with no vertical interruptions.

“Lines that pull back and downwards suggest the Aviator is ready to take flight,” Woodhouse told Motor1.com.

In general, things are big on the Aviator. It’s a big SUV, with big wheels and big wheel wells, with big doors and big windows. Yet, the scaling seems off in a few places. The door entry ports are actually much smaller than the doors themselves – there’s an odd six- to eight-inch overhang at the bottom of each door.

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Inside, the pilot and co-pilot seats are huge, gorgeous things that are jam-packed with adjusters, massagers, heaters, and coolers. But the second-row seats are relatively teeny on their own and sit in a space that could have accommodated something larger. The third-row seats are very small indeed – almost child-sized – to a scale we wouldn’t have imagined by looking at the Aviator’s exterior.

Even the headlights are strikingly small looking, although the ocean-sized grille may have something to do with that. Notable however, is the adaptive nature of these LED lights: they narrow at speed for long-distance night vision, and widen at low speed, to better spot joggers, dogs, and cyclists.

The Aviator’s powertrains are as expected. A gas-powered, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 connects up to a 10-speed automatic transmission to send 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque to an optional all-wheel-drive system. Rear-drive is standard. For more performance, the Aviator reaches for the electrical socket, offering a plug-in hybrid powertrain with a twin-turbocharged engine in the Grand Touring model that nets 450 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque.

Along with being Lincoln’s first plug-in hybrid, the Aviator will also pioneer Phone As A Key for the brand. This technology does precisely what it says on the tin – turns your smartphone into the vehicle’s key. Using the Lincoln Way app, owners can leave their physical keys behind. That’s in addition to all the things that are possible in other apps, like locking and unlocking the doors, opening the tailgate, and remote starting the engine.

Lincoln is pushing the line that the Aviator is a creature-comfort machine, the antidote to a world gone awry. While it’s easy to chalk that up as nothing more than marketing hype, from the plug-in hybrid powertrain, to the 28-speaker Revel Ultima audio system, to the stunning interior, it makes some sense. The Aviator looks and feels like a luxurious, quiet cocoon.

How much that four-wheeled cocoon will cost is another matter entirely. Lincoln hasn’t released pricing yet, nor has it said when its newest CUV will arrive in showrooms. We’ll have more on the 2019 Aviator when it hits the show floor at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 28.

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I am betting sub-20 miles with all that steel. They are close to 5,000 pounds already, I cannot imagine them adding more than a few pounds; crossing into the 6,000 pound category makes it not a passenger vehicle by federal regulations in the US. If only this had been like the v. 1.0 Volt where the gas provided electric power not drive. Then they could have an electric drive, remove all those silly things like a transmission, and have a simpler build. Maybe once SpaceX puts a man on Mars, Ford will think about the future.

I very doubt “sub-20”, as discussed previously, this will be sold in China (they require PHEVs to be 33+ in range if I’m not mistaken) too and the head of Lincoln has gone on record back in April stating “30 mile range…not acceptable to customers”.

So with these two key hints, my guess would be 33-37 AER, we’ll know soon enough.

Here’s the reference article: https://www.motortrend.com/news/lincoln-chief-joy-falotico-interview-aviator/

Yeah, China slipped my mind. Thanks, dathomir.

You’ve got a High Probability of being Correct.
Especially with that Drag Creating Grill.
Amazing Drag. The Best Drag.

Keep it under 40 mph or it’ll have No Range.

From the MT interview with Joy Falotico “We’re not confirming anything, but where technologies are advancing, I don’t think a 30-mile range would be acceptable to the customer. Especially in a vehicle for a family that’s traveling. So I think they should expect more than that. We’ll look to be competitive. There will also be a performance element to it.”

Anyway I think the headline is misleading – there is no mention what the “Potent Plug-In Power” is.

“For more performance, the Aviator reaches for the electrical socket, offering a plug-in hybrid powertrain with a twin-turbocharged engine in the Grand Touring model that nets 450 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque.”

As compared to 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque in the no-plug model. He’s saying that the plug-in hybrid ups the vehicle’s potency.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

That’s a whole lot of writing to NEVER reveal the Plugin specs………lol


What you mean more like an ad or promotional piece than a review/informational.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

For a product to be only sold in China to boot!

It will be sold here in the States and China.

Built in China for the States?

Looks like a poor Chinese knock off of a Range Rover.

And people thought the Rivian had an ugly front end…

Yep, and this changes nothing.

I think it’s hilarious that Ford and Honda are promoting PHEVs whilst GM dropped them all.

If this thing has a 10-speed tranny in PHEV trim, then, no thanks. The CT6 PHEV build is better than that and it’s a couple years old (although obsolete in the US now).

What is wrong with the 10 speed?

So the electric motor adds 50 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. That isn’t much to move 5000 lbs with big wheels and their associates rolling resistance. I just don’t see this thing going anywhere purely on electric power.

The math does not work like that.
EV motor provides big power at lower RPM and less at higher RPM. ICE is the opposite. Those totals will be at higher RPMs.
Expect the EV only specs to be a lot more than total output minus ICE specs.

Estimates are the hybrid will be ~$80k. No thanks.

If I was willing to spend that much on a vehicle, it would go to the Rivian R1S all-electric SUV.

Just one of many ways they sell Hybrids, to not sell.

Surely not. I think you might be thinking of the Navigator, the larger (Expedition based) Lincoln. If you look at the price variance between the Expedition and the Navigator, then look at current Explorer pricing, it’s a safe bet the Aviator will run from $55k to $75k, and perhaps another $5k for the PHEV variant. Which, now that I’m typing it, would mean the top of the line PHEV would come in around $80k. Holy crap! Let’s hope they offer the PHEV drivetrain even on the “lower end” $55k model making it $60k.

That’s equal to a Tesla Model 3 LR AWD with Autopilot. Given the choice between the two vehicles at the same price, I think I’d stick with the Model 3, but plenty of people will want this SUV.

A $5k upgrade for a PHEV variant on a vehicle this size (like an F150) would make ‘easy’ economic sense.

With a 20-ish kwh battery, an electric range of 40 miles or so will make this an EV only vehicle for most commutes. ,,, probably 1/2 to 2/3 of the miles driven annually. Figure 16 mpg city and the fuel savings start to pay for the upgrade in less than 5 years. The extra performance is a bonus.

But, .. I don’t think it’s going to be that ‘easy’ —– an extra $5k won’t do it .. probably have to double that. — payback would be around 7 years