Like other carmakers, Lincoln is also expanding its SUV lineup. After recently redesigned Navigator and new Nautilus, it is time to see a mid-size crossover called 2020 Lincoln Aviator. The company is finally dropping its quite generic “MK” naming policy and turns to something more natural.
In terms of base design characteristics, this will be a very interesting model, that definitely has a lot of potentials. Still, keep in mind that this is one very competitive segment and that the new Aviator will have a lot of work to do in order to establish its position. If you are familiar with this nameplate, that’s because the Aviator was already present on the market, though for a very short time of only three years. Things are different these days and the new model will be much more appropriate to the current situation on the market than its predecessor.
2020 Lincoln Aviator Design
As we already mentioned, the new 2020 Lincoln Aviator will be a mid-cycle crossover. It will stand between the new Nautilus and the flagship Navigator in the company’s lineup. Just like the original model, this one will also have a lot in common with the Ford Explorer. Still, things are different these days, as well as the Explorer. This is not a classic body-on-frame SUV anymore, but rather a modern unibody crossover. It has grown bigger, so the new 2020 Lincoln Aviator will. All in all, count on a quite common mid-size crossover, which will be among larger models in the class, which promises a lot of comfort on the inside. Those who are more familiar with Ford and its models probably know that the new Explorer came back to a rear-wheel-drive layout. So, we can expect the same setup from its Lincoln sibling.
2020 Lincoln Aviator Styling
In terms of styling, things are pretty clear. Along with dropping generic naming policy, Lincoln is also done with a funny-looking face that characterized previous-generation models and turns back to a less angular approach. Basically, the 2020 Lincoln Aviator will take a lot of inspiration from the new Navigator.
The famous full-size SUV came with a completely new styling last year and now comes with a more mature look, which is highlighted by a large grille and conventionally-shaped, very prominent headlights. Still, keep in mind that 2020 Lincoln Aviator will be a modern crossover, so we will still see a little bit less boxy overall shape. This especially refers to the rear end. Although the same single-piece approach to the rear lighting group is here, the roofline ends with much sleeker lines, free of that almost vertical tailgate. In practice, this means more style but less practicality.
2020 Lincoln Aviator Interior Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2020 Lincoln Aviator will come with a more attractive rear-end layout than the Navigator. In practice, this would mean less practicality or less cargo space, to be more precise. Still, we don’t expect from the new crossover to suffer that much in terms of interior space. Of course, it will be tighter than the Navigator, considering differences in size. On the other side, this mid-size SUV will feature one of the longest wheelbases in the class. First two rows will definitely feature plenty of legroom, but the third one should also be enough spacious to accommodate adult passengers.
In terms of the interior styling, this model will be completely in accordance with its name. The dashboard and other areas took a lot of inspiration from the vintage aircraft industry. You can notice lots of gauges that look like they’ve come from that era, as well as lots of aluminum trim, which replaces wood and other more common materials. Such old-school approach is perfectly mixed with modern technologies. So, besides the fact that most controls are physical, you can also count on the latest tech features like 12.3-inch touchscreen and other gadgetry.
2020 Lincoln Aviator Engines
Ford is one of those companies that follow the modern trend of engine downsizing. Therefore, even the flagship Navigator doesn’t feature eight-cylinder engine anymore. Therefore, we can expect a similar approach with the 2020 Lincoln Aviator as well. It seems pretty certain that the new crossover is about to come with a completely new 3.0-liter V6 engine. It will feature a max output of 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Such great amount will definitely provide amazing performances, while a new 10-speed automatic guarantees smooth and efficient ride.
We all expect to see the 2020 Lincoln Aviator in a plug-in hybrid version as well. Though we are still waiting for the official confirmation, it seems pretty certain that the new system will use the same 3.0-liter V6 in a combination with an electric motor. A total output should go somewhere around 450 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque.
2020 Lincoln Aviator Release Date and Price
The 2020 Lincoln Aviator is coming next year. Details about the more precise launch date should come soon. Considering prices in the segment, the new crossover should feature base price somewhere between 45.000 and 50.000 dollars.