The Lincoln Aviator will get some minor changes for the 2021 model year. In addition to getting a new Monochromatic Package, the brand's second-largest SUV will limit or discontinue the availability of certain luxury features throughout its trim range.
The exterior of the Aviator will be largely identical to the current model. However, a Monochromatic Package will be offered in the Reserve trim with unique black 22-inch aluminum wheels, monochromatic badges, and body-colored accents in places like the grille, door cladding, and front & rear fascia.
For 2021, Aviators will add the popular panoramic vista roof as a standard feature on the Reserve. In addition, the Reserve will be available with a Flight Blue exterior, a color previously limited to the range-topping Black Label. Meanwhile, the Grand Touring will get an upgrade to 21-inch wheels (currently 20-inches).
There will also be some noteworthy quirks. For example, soft close doors will become limited to the Black Label and Black Label Grand Touring. Previously, the premium feature was available as part of the Convenience Package. Oddly, the Aviator will lose adaptive steering as an available driver assistance feature.
Under the hood, expect to see the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that pumps 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque through a 10-speed automatic transmission. The Corsair will also continue with its hybrid offering that pairs the twin-turbo V6 with a 75-kilowatt electric motor for a combined 494 hp and 630 pound-feet of torque.
In terms of safety, the Aviator comes loaded with standard equipment like automatic emergency braking, a blind-spot monitor, active lane control, and automatic high beams. It also has a long list of optional safety features, including a surround-view camera system, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors, evasive steering, and park assist. The current Aviator has not been through full IIHS testing yet, but with its “Acceptable” small-overlap test, it will not earn Top Safety Pick honors.
Expect a full review closer to launch.