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2020 Lincoln Aviator: First Look

  • Arriving next summer

  • No pricing announced, but expect it to start in the low $60,000 range

  • Twin-turbo V6 and plug-in hybrid versions will be available

  • Available new Co-Pilot360 Plus with even more driver-assist technologies

Unwrapped at this year’s LA Auto Show, the 2020 Lincoln Aviator will slot between the Nautilus and Navigator when it arrives in showrooms next summer. Built on Ford’s all-new rear-wheel drive unibody platform, it’s loaded with convenience features and driver-assist/safety technology.

What’s under the hood?

Powering the new 2020 Lincoln Aviator will be a 400-horsepower 3-liter twin-turbo V6 that delivers 400 lb-ft of peak torque. Opt for the plug-in hybrid version (Aviator Grand Touring) and you get the twin turbo with the extra oomph of an electric motor. The two combine to push out 450 hp and a whopping 600 lb-ft of torque. This, say the Lincoln execs, makes the Aviator the most powerful Lincoln ever. With either power system a 10-speed automatic transmission sends output to either the rear or all four wheels, if you check the AWD box. Drivers may choose among five drive modes in the gasoline Aviator and seven drive modes in the Grand Touring.

What equipment does it have?

Every Aviator will come standard with Lincoln’s Co-Pilot360 driver-assist suite of technologies including blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert, pre-collision alert with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keeping warning, lane keeping assist, driver alert system and automatic high beams. Upgrade to the new Co-Pilot360 Plus adds traffic jam assist to help the driver negotiate stop-and-go traffic, evasive steering assist boosting the steering to avoid stationary objects in the road, reverse brake assist that automatically brakes for objects when in reverse, and active park assist plus that takes over the chore of parallel and perpendicular parking.

Are there any other cool features?

Before even entering the 2020 Lincoln Aviator, driver and passengers are greeted by the suspension system lowering the vehicle by more than 3 inches for easier entry and loading of cargo. Drivers can use their smart phones to unlock and start the Aviator. Up to four smart phones can be linked to act as keys. Active Suspension with Road Preview looks for potholes and uneven pavement, directing the constantly adjusting Air Glide suspension to immediately make an adjustment to keep the ride smooth. Adaptive LED headlights automatically adjust to vehicle speed, narrowing when going fast and spreading out when going slow.

Also available is a 28-speaker Revel Ultima 3D audio system, bringing concert-hall sound to the Aviator. It features QuantumLogic 3D surround sound with Clari-Fi that decompresses recorded music, restoring the original warmth and ambience.

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