Lincoln has unveiled the Aviator Concept at the New York Auto Show.
A few weeks ago we reported that Lincoln was set on resurrecting the Aviator to take advantage of the boom in the SUV and crossover market. Situated just ahead of the Nautilus (which was previously known as the MKX) and just behind the hulking Navigator, the Aviator is a true midsize luxury SUV.
And Lincoln is very much emphasizing the luxury of this car. The interior is as spacious as one would expect from Lincoln, and you can bet your bottom that Ford’s luxury arm will encase your rear in the very best. Lincoln’s 30-way adjustable seat with massage comes standard for the front passengers, making sure mom and dad never have to be too stressed out if their little monsters are causing mayhem in the back.
The massive center console comes with two wireless charging pads for phones, and the entire SUV is filled with charging ports for every passenger. The Aviator also comes standard with Lincoln Co-Pilot360, a suite of driver assist technologies that include emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping, auto high beams, and reverse brake assist.
There’s also new SYNC technology that prompts the driver with helpful cues in certain situations. For example, if you’re running out of gas the system will chime in and tell you, and then tap into the navigation system and present you with the nearest gas station.
The cabin is three rows, with the chassis being built on Ford’s new rear-wheel-drive architecture that’ll also underpin the new Explorer. The switch to rear-wheel drive supposedly offers nearly perfect 50/50 weight distribution and better towing capacity in addition to more space for legs up front.
Curiously, Lincoln is very shy about the Aviator’s powertrain. We know it’s a twin-turbo and it will come with a plug-in electric hybrid option, but we know nothing of engine or transmission. With two turbos it seems likely to be a V6, which means we could see the same 2.7-L V6 from the Ford F150.
As much as this is a concept, this is as close to a production-ready car as there’s ever been. Expect an Aviator to look like this, and hopefully come with an engine.