The Lincoln Aviator first came on the scene in 2003, but after only two years, with flagging sales dogging the brand, Lincoln’s mid-size luxury sport utility vehicle was mothballed. Now, with SUV sales continuing to climb, Lincoln is resurrecting the brand.
As you might suspect from the name, the Aviator was inspired by aircraft, but was also influenced by the Navigator. While the exterior may have been inspired by airplanes, the interior promises to be more first class than coach. The Aviator has seating for seven, with the second row having recline and slide functionality. There’s a 12-inch display screen on the dash, and the Aviator has “phone as key” technology, with plenty of remote features and wireless phone charging. The interior is dressed in aluminum, brushed metal, and leather.
When it comes to performance, you’ll find a lot of similarities with Ford—that’s because the Aviator uses Ford Explorer underpinnings. The Aviator is rear wheel drive standard, but has an all wheel drive option. It has adaptive suspension for a smoother ride. The 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine is mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The engine puts out 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. The Grand Touring model comes with a hybrid engine, which has the same horsepower but increased the torque to 600 lb-ft. You can also select from several driving modes—Normal, Conserve, Excite, Slippery, and Deep (add in Pure EV and Preserve EV for the hybrid).