Lincoln Debuts 3-Row Aviator Plug-In Hybrid

MAR 28 2018 BY C SMITH 20

It’s a plug-in hybrid SUV with performance that’s said to rival supercars.

Behold the Aviator, the newest luxury SUV from Lincoln. We got a teaser of this machine a few weeks back, but don’t go flying out the door to place an order for one just yet. Lincoln is keeping us in a holding pattern because this model is just a “preview” of the actual vehicle slated to come next year. Does that make it a concept or a prototype? We aren’t sure, but we do know one thing. It’s freaking gorgeous.

“The Lincoln Navigator continues to turn heads and bring new clients to the brand,” says Joy Falotico, Lincoln Motor Company president. “We believe Aviator’s elegant design, state-of-the-art technology and refined plug-in hybrid option will draw even more clients to the Lincoln showroom, including families who are looking for three-row capability.”

As such, Lincoln doesn’t offer up much in the way of specific details on the forthcoming Aviator. You did, however, probably notice the plug-in hybrid part. The Aviator will become the automaker’s first such vehicle, but whereas plug-in hybrids are typically paired with a modest gasoline engine, Lincoln says the Aviator can also wield a biturbo V6 with its electric motor to make it “mightier than many supercars on the road today.” That’s a pretty bold claim from a company not the least bit known for performance, but it’s one we’re extremely anxious to follow. Considering the Aviator is built on a rear-wheel drive platform, there could well be potential for greatness

Lincoln eyes the Aviator as slotting into the mid-size three-row SUV segment, offering a plethora of luxury features that includes functionality for owners to use a smart phone as the vehicle key. It also is fully equipped with Ford’s new Co-Pilot360 driver assist and safety systems, and it features something called Suspension Preview Technology. Basically, a forward-looking camera scans ahead and adjusts suspension settings depending on road conditions.

Being that this is a preview model, it’s hard to say just how many of these features or capabilities will ultimately make it to production. Lincoln says the Aviator doesn’t just preview a specific model, however, but the direction in which the entire company is headed. Based on what we see so far, that could be a darned good-looking future.

Aviator glides into New York this week, offering a preview of The Lincoln Motor Company’s newest vehicle along with a glimpse into the brand’s future, which is moving toward a broader portfolio of utilities and electrification in conjunction with effortless services.
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Aviator glides into New York this week, offering a preview of The Lincoln Motor Company’s newest vehicle along with a glimpse into the brand’s future, which is moving toward a broader portfolio of utilities and electrification in conjunction with effortless services. Aviator glides into New York this week, offering a preview of The Lincoln Motor Company’s newest vehicle along with a glimpse into the brand’s future, which is moving toward a broader portfolio of utilities and electrification in conjunction with effortless services. Aviator glides into New York this week, offering a preview of The Lincoln Motor Company’s newest vehicle along with a glimpse into the brand’s future, which is moving toward a broader portfolio of utilities and electrification in conjunction with effortless services. Aviator glides into New York this week, offering a preview of The Lincoln Motor Company’s newest vehicle along with a glimpse into the brand’s future, which is moving toward a broader portfolio of utilities and electrification in conjunction with effortless services. Aviator glides into New York this week, offering a preview of The Lincoln Motor Company’s newest vehicle along with a glimpse into the brand’s future, which is moving toward a broader portfolio of utilities and electrification in conjunction with effortless services. Aviator glides into New York this week, offering a preview of The Lincoln Motor Company’s newest vehicle along with a glimpse into the brand’s future, which is moving toward a broader portfolio of utilities and electrification in conjunction with effortless services. Aviator glides into New York this week, offering a preview of The Lincoln Motor Company’s newest vehicle along with a glimpse into the brand’s future, which is moving toward a broader portfolio of utilities and electrification in conjunction with effortless services. Aviator glides into New York this week, offering a preview of The Lincoln Motor Company’s newest vehicle along with a glimpse into the brand’s future, which is moving toward a broader portfolio of utilities and electrification in conjunction with effortless services.

Press blast below:

Elegant Aviator SUV Previews Lincoln’s Next Act with Power, Technology and Plug-In Hybrid Option

 

  • Aviator preview embodies Lincoln’s future as the brand moves toward a portfolio of more utilities highlighting beauty and elegance and offering Lincoln’s quietest, smoothest drive yet
  • Three-row, rear-wheel-drive Aviator marks the first time Lincoln will offer a plug-in hybrid model that is capable of using its twin-turbocharged engine if needed – easing range anxiety
  • Owners will be able to use their smartphone as a key when Lincoln debuts the Phone as a Key technology on the production model of Aviator, allowing clients to lock and unlock the vehicle, open its trunk and, most importantly, start and drive it – no smart key fob necessary

NEW YORK, March 28, 2018 – Aviator glides into New York this week, offering a preview of The Lincoln Motor Company’s newest vehicle along with a glimpse into the brand’s future, which is moving toward a broader portfolio of utilities and electrification in conjunction with effortless services.

As more consumers choose the spaciousness and capability of SUVs, Lincoln unveils Aviator, a distinctive three-row plug-in hybrid production preview. The “teaser” model serves to preview the direction Lincoln plans to take with its newest SUV when the production model goes on sale next year.

“The Lincoln Navigator continues to turn heads and bring new clients to the brand,” says Joy Falotico, president, The Lincoln Motor Company. “We believe Aviator’s elegant design, state-of-the-art technology and refined plug-in hybrid option will draw even more clients to the Lincoln showroom, including families who are looking for three-row capability.”

With its slim, tapered lines, roomy interior, twin-turbocharged powertrain available with an advanced plug-in hybrid option, the three-row Aviator targets the heart of the premium market, entering the medium luxury SUV segment that represents more than a quarter of all premium SUVs sold. Appealing to millennials starting families, with the majority of vehicles sold to people ages 35 to 44, the medium luxury SUV segment saw sales of more than 585,000 vehicles in 2017.

Aeronautical inspiration

The synchronicity of Aviator’s name and form language is intentional; aeronautics has long inspired automotive design.

“In Aviator, the lines of the vehicle are streamlined,” says Lincoln Design Director David Woodhouse. “You have the stature and presence of the grille at the front, then the body and tail taper off – creating a distinct aerofoil analogy.”

The emphasis of graceful lines pulling downward toward the rear – a cue to Aviator’s rear-wheel-drive platform – is what Woodhouse describes as an in-flight gesture. “If you look at a bird or plane in flight, the wing is always at an angle to the air and falling downward toward the rear,” he says. “You see that in the main bodyline of Aviator. From the headlight to the taillight, there’s a beautiful undercut feature varying in depth that connotes poise and grace.”

The iridescent Flight Blue exterior color complements Aviator’s elegant, flowing lines, while the signature Lincoln grille is executed in high-gloss black and chrome accents. A wraparound windshield helps complete the aviation-inspired theme.

Comfort and convenience

The effortless experience begins even before entering the Aviator, as owners can use their smartphone as a key. When it debuts on the production SUV, Phone as a Key technology is expected to be one of the industry’s leading systems. Activated through the Lincoln Way app, it allows owners to lock and unlock, open the trunk and, most importantly, start and drive the vehicle – no smart key fob is necessary.

Phone as a Key is designed to offer other amenities similar to a smart key fob. For instance, drivers can activate a locator chirp to find Aviator in a crowded parking lot, or recall their personal profile. Should the phone battery go dead, a backup passcode can be entered on the standard exterior keypad to gain access, then clients can start and proceed to drive the vehicle via the center touch screen. And, if the phone is lost or stolen, Phone as a Key can be easily deleted, providing additional peace of mind.

Inside, Aviator’s spacious, airy cabin accentuates horizontal lines, minimizing visual clutter to deliver a soothing sanctuary. A thoughtfully designed steering wheel is intended for ultimate ease of use, with only subtle finger movements needed to access the many functions it houses.

As comfort is paramount with Aviator, the amenities continue with Perfect Position seats offering 30-way adjustability and massage capability, while flexible second-row seats can recline and slide forward for easy access to the spacious third row.

Wireless phone charging is located in the front armrest, while a convenient media bin is available for passengers in front as well. Multiple power outlets are located throughout the cabin, while standard Wi-Fi ensures everyone stays connected.

An all-new Lincoln Black Label-inspired theme harmoniously combines Shearling Beige and Lunar Gray to further elevate the ambience. Machine-turn aluminum appliqués, brushed in small circles to replicate the shape of early aviation instruments, enhance the theme. The supple leather of the seats is minimally processed to retain its natural texture.

Power, capability and choice

Built on a rear-wheel-drive platform, Aviator allows for the power and capability luxury clients require in a three-row SUV. The platform also serves to enhance Aviator’s elegant proportions, with a long wheelbase allowing for a spacious second and third row.

The Lincoln powertrain is designed for clients interested in options. A twin-turbocharged engine can be paired with the brand’s first advanced plug-in hybrid technology, marking the first time the company will offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain mated to a twin-turbocharged engine. This combination of power and electrified capability will help Aviator deliver Lincoln’s quietest, smoothest, most powerful drive yet. 

Offering the capability of its twin-turbocharged engine in combination with a hybrid electric powertrain makes Aviator mightier than many supercars on the road today. The plug-in hybrid experience provides for a responsive, refined ride, with no powertrain-induced noise and vibration when operating on battery charge, yet is capable of using its twin-turbocharged engine if needed, easing range anxiety.

Lincoln Drive Modes allow clients to further customize the drive experience, while a 12-inch standard cluster display confirms the choice with beautiful and dynamic, easy-to-read graphics.

Client-focused technologies, services

Aviator delivers a wealth of advanced technologies designed to assist the driver every step of the way.

With Aviator’s advanced forward camera scanning the road ahead, Lincoln’s first-ever Suspension Preview Technology seamlessly adjusts the suspension for upcoming road conditions. This can help reduce driver stress caused by potholes and bumps in the road.

Aviator will be equipped with Lincoln Co-Pilot360, an advanced suite of standard driver-assist technologies including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, lane keeping system, reverse camera and auto high-beam lighting.

Aviator offers Reverse Brake Assist, an enhanced driver-assist technology that integrates rear sensors and a camera to provide automatic braking if an obstacle is detected behind the vehicle.

Aviator also debuts a selection of considerate prompts delivered through the newest version of SYNC®. With the introduction of these prompts, or cues, Lincoln advances the brand’s holistic approach to vehicle ownership by bringing those services into the car.

The prompts are designed to deliver helpful information to drivers visually on the cluster display, recommending appropriate actions to help them overcome whatever situation they’re facing. Should they run low on fuel, for example, Aviator will notify them and seamlessly connect them with navigation to offer them the closest gas station options.

“Lincoln is committed to delivering the innovation and features that luxury consumers expect today,” says Falotico. “And, the Aviator is yet another example of how we are creating an effortless experience for our clients.”

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Range?

A beautiful design for sure, but seriously lacking on details, even general ones.

will 4WD options be available?
will it offer a tow package? on the PHEV?

Hopefully as it becomes less “teaser” and a more developed model, these details will come out, as well as the important ones:
miles on EV alone?
top speed on EV? (can it to hwy speeds on EV?)

Good looking, apart from the grill. That should be changed.
Will probably not see this in Europe.

If I worked in the US car industry, I would ask the question why they don’t offer more cars in Europe. Especially if they have OK fuel economy and an OK battery range as a hybrid.

The way things are going now, Chinese made cars will be more common in Europe then US made cars. They just have to make safer cars, and make sure quality is OK. Something is wrong here, given the long history of the US brands. They should be more present in the market.
I’m sure most of the US made cars I see in the daily life is made in 1976 or earlier.

Is the profit so small? Is it not worth it?
Rules? Regualtions? Taxes?
Don’t they study the markets they offer cars too?

Most Europen cars sold in the US are fitted with a larger more powerful engine, and a softer suspension is added.
Minor adjustments to sell more vehicles in the market. Share development costs on more cars. ..

Most American cars (like this one) are way to big for European roads. And it would be way to expensive to run with European fuel prices. In America fuel is just to cheap.

It’s RWD/AWD. Towing specs, battery specs hasn’t been released yet. This is set to arrive “Spring 2019” so what we see here is near production ready with very minimal changes when it arrives.

They must be taking lessons from Daimler, BMW, and VW-Group to have the Longest press release without saying much. What little I did glean from it is you have to order the BIGGEST, most expensive, most gas-guzzling engine to be ALLOWED to spend MORE money to have a plug-in option added. Therefore, even the concept seems a bit of a disappointment to these eyes. Just for the hell of it, I test drove 2 new cars in the past 2 days. 1). Honda Clarity PHEV looks nice enough and is a practical midsize, and is a HIGH VALUE since dealers around here will let the car go for $30k plus sales tax, and with $7500 off on the income tax later – its a good deal for a midsize. But the Regen ability of the car appears to be extremely limited (about 1/2 the max of what the 2011 Volt was), and then you can’t preset it to the max – you have to tap the ‘regen on demand’ paddles FOUR TIMES at EVERY STOP. Plus, my first Saleswoman apparently needs to go back to school on the car. She thought ‘Regeneration’ was the engine charging the battery – so… Read more »

“But the Regen ability of the car appears to be extremely limited (about 1/2 the max of what the 2011 Volt was), and then you can’t preset it to the max – you have to tap the ‘regen on demand’ paddles FOUR TIMES at EVERY STOP.”

In sports mode, the regeneration setting stays on.

“Big expert Bill” didn’t know that. To me that is still a somewhat disadvantage since I’d have to intermittently put the car in ‘sports mode’ at every stop, since the paddles are essentially useless. I don’t like a 100% of the time ‘1 pedal driving’. My Roadster had that fixed regeneration, and I learned to live with it but didn’t care for it.

But If I needed to buy a car right now, the Clarity would be it since its the highest value, and supposedly you can drive the thing one or two miles on battery alone – Only without great brain sales people in the passenger seats.

Im sorry to hear about your experience at Honda. When i test drove the clarity the salesperson knew the ins and outs, the regens, the drive modes, acc stop abd go, lane assist. The ev motor, the gas drive. Brake hold, the lane camera, infotainment, highway driving i mean everything i was surprised sine the last test drive i did was the 18 nissan leaf and woman didnt want me to go on the highway, didnt know pro pilot, didnt know the e pedal she thought it was the parking brake😒. I wanted a better test drive with car that i had to take it out of my list of evs i want to buy at the end of the year. I

Yeah Will thanks…. The other question is (perhaps JYvolt knows) is, if the car is put permanently in sport mode, does the engine start prematurely when not absolutely necessary, and also, if you switch sport mode on and off does it REMEMBER the last regen setting it was in? or do u have to go through the 4 tap nonsense again? The roadster had only 1 rate of regen – absolutely huge. The workaround there was simply to put the car in neutral when you wanted to coast and then quickly push the “D” button when slowing down. Neither Honda nor Cadillac know anything about simplicity, but the ELR drives like the new VOLT, so its perfectly fine for what it is, especially for a 2014 model electric. As far as this Lincoln Aviator goes here – the thing that gets me in general ever since FORD tried to consolidate and discontinued the very nice MERCURY lineup of cars, they kept LINCOLN badging by are trying too hard to make it SEEM as though it is a separate car company. To me – the LINCOLNS currently on the market are almost identical to existing fords, where as in the past… Read more »

Can anyone build a full BEV AWD SUV in this class and price it around $60-70K? I keep hearing batteries are about $200 KW now which should be cheap enough to price it around $60K. Something like this with a 100KW battery will sell very well.

Alas.. this will not happen anytime soon since big oil still has big auto by the balls.

No numbers whatsoever, except the size of the LCD? Please don’t publish information-free articles. If Ford doesn’t provide any, hint: It’s not worth publishing.

Lincoln advertises that the MSRP of their hybrids are the same as the ice version. So it will be interesting to see what this comes out priced as.

I believe this is the same body as the Ford Explorer. So it should be reasonable. If not then wait for the Explore Energi to come out.

Either way it will do well in the US market.

TLDR Not an AWD SUV.

It’s RWD/AWD.

Doesn’t mention it. Just says RWD.

That charge port is a real piece of concept car fantasy… and it’s in the wrong place.

Great news. Finally Ford is waking up.

They completely ignored the Crossover and thought that every household will buy a full size truck while the crossovers have surged past 41% market share and doing equally well in China, Europe.

Lincoln has to launch few more crossovers in the same size as Escape, Ecosport as well.

This bodes well for a PHEV explorer being in the works. Shame they didn’t provide any details , but I bet it’ll be ~25 miles EV range. Good enough to displace a ton of gas in this segment.