Lincoln’s step back into the limelight of the luxury-car class started with the return of the Continental, but it’s pushed forward with a revamping of its crossover lineup. One big piece of the puzzle was the return of the Aviator in 2020. With this luxury midsize crossover only in its second year, we expect the 2021 Aviator to hit showrooms as a carryover model.
As a carryover model that’s just a year old, we expect no changes to the 2021 Aviator’s looks. We expect it to continue with a slow-sloping roofline, sleek body lines and sharp creases, flashy wheel options, Continental-inspired front end, and more.
We predict no changes inside either, so look for the 2021 Aviator to arrive with the upright instrument panel, flat steering wheel, clean center stack, tasteful wood trim, and available upscale upholstery. We also expect this interior to continue with the same posh standard features that include 10-way power front seats, leatherette upholstery, a power-fold third-row seat, keyless ignition, a 10-speaker audio system, a 10.1-inch touchscreen, navigation, and more.
Under its hood, we expect the 2021 Lincoln Corsair to retain its Ford Explorer heart. This starts with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine 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. The hybrid will also pair with a 10-sped automatic transmission.
The current Lincoln Aviator is loaded with standard safety equipment, including automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, active lane control, and automatic high beams. It also has a long list of optional safety features, including a surround-view camera system, head-up display, adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors, evasive steering, and park assist. The Aviator has not been through full IIHS testing yet, but with its “Acceptable” small-overlap test, it will not earn Top Safety Pick honors. We expect the 2021 Aviator to continue with the same safety features and ratings.