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2019 Lincoln Aviator: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - July 05, 2018

Model Preview

Lincoln is reviving the Aviator nameplate for 2019, and like its predecessor, which was on the market from 2003 through 2005, this all-new crossover will be closely related to the Ford Explorer.

The new Aviator that Lincoln revealed at the 2018 New York Auto Show was just a pre-production prototype, but we expect its looks to be virtually identical when it hits production.

This means it’ll arrive in showrooms boasting sleek headlights that contrast its relatively boxy profile surprisingly well, plus the latest mesh grille found on other Lincolns like the Continental and 2019 MKC. Heading toward the back, the boxiness really shows with the chiseled roofline and relatively straight rear hatch.

Inside, we expect all the luxuries Lincoln is now known for. We expect this to include the 30-way power front seats, phone-as-key entry, horizontal lines to make it look wider, wireless phone charging, a thick center console that separates the front-seat riders, a massive infotainment screen, and an available Black Label-inspired Shearling Beige and Lunar Gray color scheme made with minimally-processed leather.

2019 Lincoln Aviator

Lincoln was careful with powertrain details, but what we know is that the 2019 Aviator will get a twin-turbo engine, but what we don’t know is if this will be the 3.5-liter Explorer engine or something new. Lincoln also mentioned this engine will be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain as well, though it declined to get into any specifics on the range. Lincoln did put itself out there in saying the 2019 Aviator is “mightier than many supercars on the road today.”

Safety is one of Ford’s key focuses, so it’s no surprise it is Lincoln’s focus too. The 2019 Aviator will have standard Lincoln Co-Pilot360, which will include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, rearview camera, and automatic high beams. There will also be available reverse emergency braking.

Pricing & Release Date

Lincoln says the Aviator will go on sale in 2019. Stay tuned for a more precise release date as soon as it becomes available.

Pricing remains unknown at this point, but given the current state of Lincoln’s crossover lineup, we expect it to fall somewhere between the 2018 MKX and the Navigator.

This would put its starting price somewhere between $39,960 and $73,250, but with the 2019 Nautilus set to take the lower end of that spectrum, we could see it coming in at around $50,000.

The Aviator’s key competitors will include the Mercedes GL-Class, BMW X5, and the Volvo XC90.

Learn about the current Lincoln line-up »

Photos

Pictured: Aviator Concept

Used Lincoln Aviator in 20149