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2020 Lincoln Aviator Crossover Is A Hot Rod With 400 Horsepower Standard

On Thursday, November 29th, 2018

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator has finally been revealed in production form following its “concept” debut at the New York Auto Show earlier this year. We add the quotes because the production model is identical to the New York model. Appearances aside, the big news is under the hood.

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At launch, the Lincoln Aviator will be available with two engines. They’re both twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6s, and one of them is a plug-in hybrid. The standard engine makes an impressive 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. To help put that into perspective, that’s about 40 more horsepower than the top-rung six-cylinder Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 we just drove, and about 65 more horsepower than the entry-level six-cylinder BMW X5 xDrive40i. Moving to the hybrid powertrain brings Aviator output to 450 horsepower and a staggering 600 pound-feet of torque. That’s just 6 ponies shy of the V8-powered BMW X5 xDrive50i, but 121 more pound-feet of torque.

Other interesting hybrid notes: The battery fits entirely under the passenger side of the vehicle between the front and rear wheels. The motor is sandwiched between the engine and transmission. Lincoln also mentioned this is a modular hybrid system, so expect to see it appear in other Lincoln and Ford products in the future.

This powertrain layout is part of what makes it possible for all versions of the Aviator to use the same 10-speed automatic transmission, which is gradually proliferating through the whole Ford family. From there, power either goes solely to the rear wheels, or through an optional all-wheel-drive system.

The highlight of the Navigator’s design is the interior. It’s basically a scaled down version of the Navigator’s interior — a very good thing, since the Navigator’s interior is one of our favorites. It’s got a lovely low, wide dash with plenty of wood, leather and chrome. It has both a very American and mid-century modern feel.

The Lincoln Aviator goes on sale in summer 2019. Pricing has yet to be announced, but expect it to be pricey considering its high-performance powertrain options. We would estimate somewhere between $55,000 and $65,000 for a starting price. That’s a similar price range for the current X5 and the outgoing GLE-Class (the new model doesn’t have pricing yet), which are also similar in size and performance. This price would also slot below Navigator comfortably, but is more than the aging MKT.

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