2019 Lincoln Aviator Might Be The Star Of The New York Auto Show

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, Automotive Editor - March 28, 2018

As a whole, the majority of enthusiasts aren't fans of crossovers or SUVs. But we'll be the first to state that the 2019 Lincoln Aviator is a handsome car that could sway hardcore enthusiasts to switch over to the dark side. After roughly 10 years, Lincoln has brought the Aviator nameplate back in the form of a three-row SUV that it unveiled at the New York Auto Show.

While the car is devilishly good looking, don't get too excited because Lincoln claims it's just a “preview” of the real thing that'll come out next year. With a SUV this good looking, that's a cruel tactic, but color us intrigued.

Lincoln's playing opossum with any concrete information on the Aviator. For instance, we know that the SUV houses a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, but we don't know whether it's the same 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that's found in the Navigator or a smaller 2.7-liter unit. Whatever motor, it'll also be paired to an electric setup in Lincoln's first-ever hybrid plug-in model.

While hybrids usually have smaller engines to be more fuel efficient, Lincoln claims the plug-in hybrid Aviator will be “mightier than many supercars,” as the setup will provide additional power to the twin-turbo V6. It's a bold claim, especially as Lincoln isn't known for making high-performance vehicles, but the automaker has us excited to see what it can come up with.

The Aviator will sit on a rear-wheel-drive platform that'll be shared with the next-gen Ford Explorer. All-wheel drive will be available and we're inclined to think that the plug-in hybrid model will only be available with AWD.

As with other Lincolns, the brand is moving toward being tech forward and the Aviator previews some of the automaker's upcoming technology. In addition to being the first plug-in hybrid to wear a Lincoln badge, the Aviator will also be the first vehicle to have Suspension Preview Technology that scans the road ahead and adjusts the suspension. If you're one of those drivers that swerves to miss potholes, this system should make that a thing of the past.

Lincoln Aviator

Another interesting piece of tech on the Aviator is the ability to use your smartphone as a key fob. Owners will be able to lock and unlock the SUV, open the trunk, and start the vehicle. You'll even be able to drive away without having the physical key fob in your pocket. That sounds like a good idea, but we can't help but wonder what happens when your phone dies or if your phone goes missing. The Aviator's wireless charging system can solve the former issue at least.

The former issue, can easily be solved with the Aviator's wireless charging system.

The Aviator will also feature Lincoln Co-Pilot360, which sounds identical to Ford's system. It brings automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a lane keeping assist system, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, and a rearview camera. The SUV also comes with reverse brake assist that can slam onto the brakes if it senses an obstacle when the vehicle is in reverse.

While the exterior of the SUV is stunning, the interior is just as striking. The cabin has clean lines and a minimalistic approach that's a breath of fresh air among the cluttered and over-the-top interiors today. Lincoln's 30-way adjustable seats are at the front, while the second row features reclining seats that can slide forward, as well, providing easier access to the third row.

As a preview, the Aviator looks stunning. It's jam packed with all sorts of high-tech features and has a stylish design, while being a luxurious machine that we've come to look forward to from the brand. It's difficult to say how many of these items will make it to a production-ready version of the SUV, but with the Navigator doing incredibly well, we expect a lot of things to carry over.

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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