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2020 Lincoln Aviator: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Contributing Editor - November 29, 2018

Model Preview

The Lincoln Aviator name is returning as a midsize SUV arriving for the 2020 model year. The previous Aviator was offered from 2003 to 2005, but never caught on. The latest version seems more promising and better suited to take on models from BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator is a three-row midsize sport utility vehicle. It is based on a new rear-wheel-drive architecture with available all-wheel drive. Aircraft design inspiration, including the rocker panels and sloping roofline, suggest the tapered profile of an airplane wing, thus its name.

Like other Lincoln models, the 2020 Aviator is loaded with technology, including a set of warning chimes contributed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. An “Air Glide” adjustable air suspension is available. This system adapts to and cushions bumps on the road, as well as lowers the SUV for ease of access and egress and to improve aerodynamics.

Other tech features include an app that allows the owner to use a smartphone as a key to unlock and start the Aviator, including remote start from far away. Lincoln also promises a concert hall-like setting in models equipped with the 28-speaker Revel audio system. Navigation, wireless charging, multiple charge points, hands-free automated parking, and adaptive cruise control are among the other features of distinction.

2020 Lincoln Aviator

The all-new Aviator features many high-end comfort features, including available 30-way power-adjustable front seats, authentic wood touches, and chrome highlights. Lincoln’s top-end Black Label trim is evident, offered in three design themes: Chalet, Destination, and Flight.

Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine generating 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Lincoln matches this engine with a 10-speed automatic transmission and supplies five drive modes.

A plug-in hybrid version will also be available, adding two unique drive modes and raising the performance numbers to 450 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. These numbers give the Lincoln the top performance output among competing models. Further, we estimate the PHEV’s electric-only range will top 30 miles.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator goes on sale in summer 2019. The full suite of trim level names is pending, although we know the top-trim hybrid represents the Grand Touring model. Lincoln slots the new model between the full-size Navigator and the two-row midsize Nautilus.

Pricing hasn’t been announced, but will likely begin somewhere between the $40,340 for the Nautilus and the $73,205 cost of the Navigator. Similar models from competing brands start near $50,000.

The 2020 Aviator will compete with the INFINITI QX60, Audi Q7, BMW X7, Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, and the Land Rover Range Rover.

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Pictured: 2020 Aviator

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