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Lincoln is Hoping that the 2020 Aviator Takes Off Just Like the Navigator

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator that has been called the "baby Navigator" has finally touched down. It was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show and Lincoln has finally designed an SUV to satisfy people who like sedans.


The 2020 Lincoln Aviator is designed to make people forget about sedans. The Aviator is expected to replace the Lincoln Continental in the company’s eventual line-up, once it phases out sedans. The Aviator includes the technology that will make believers of even the most skeptical. It is designed with huge horsepower and a smooth and quiet ride. Best of all, when it comes to sedan lovers, the SUV will kneel to make it easier to get in to!

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator is designed to look like it is continually in motion. It also comes in a Grand Touring version that adds advanced hybrid technology to the twin-turbocharged engine and boosts the horsepower.

The New Flight Path for Lincoln

Lincoln says the new Aviator exemplifies the company’s intent to provide all customers with power, capability and choice. “Aviator represents the very best of our brand DNA and signals the direction for Lincoln vehicles going forward,” says Joy Falotico, president, The Lincoln Motor Company. “It offers elegance, effortless performance and unparalleled comfort – a true representation of Lincoln’s vision for the future.”

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator is considered a midsize luxury SUV, which is the most popular overall market in the U.S. It contains fascinating new technology as it prepares to compete with other luxury midsize vehicles like Land Rovers, Mercedes and Audis.

Technology Geared for the Smartphone Generation

One perk that is sure to be a hit is the Phone as A Key technology. Owners can enter the Aviator using their smartphone as a key to access their vehicle. The Aviator is the first to get Lincoln’s Phone As A Key technology, which works through the Lincoln Way™ app.

Phone As A Key allows owners to lock and unlock, open the liftgate and, most importantly, start and drive the vehicle – all without a traditional key.

If owners want to loan their Aviator to a family member or friend, the technology makes that easy as well, as up to four “keys” are provided with each vehicle in addition to the standard smart key fob. Should a phone battery go dead, a passcode can be entered on the standard exterior keypad to gain entry then a backup code can be entered on the center touch screen to start and drive the vehicle. If a phone is lost or stolen, Phone As A Key can be easily deleted, providing additional peace of mind for customers.

Powerful Lincoln Powertrains

The Aviator will be a three-row SUV and is available with all-wheel drive and a choice of a gas or hybrid powertrain. Both options are powerful for the segment.

The standard twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, is expected to deliver an impressive 400 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque.

With the hybrid option, Aviator Grand Touring’s twin-turbocharged engine and advanced electrified technology is expected to be even more powerful. It is projected to produce 450 horsepower and a massive 600 lb.-ft. of torque.

“This is our most advanced hybrid technology,” says John Davis, chief program engineer, The Lincoln Motor Company.“Together with the standard twin-turbocharged gas engine and advanced electrified Grand Touring technology, Aviator is set to define effortless performance – performance that only Lincoln can deliver.”

The Aviator features a 12.3-inch configurable LCD instrument cluster.

Aviator buyers will have the option of ordering a new forward facing camera that enables Aviator to “see” most potholes or uneven pavement and immediately make suspension adjustments to keep the ride as smooth as possible. Adaptive Suspension with Road Preview uses an advanced forward camera to constantly scan the road, seamlessly adjusting the suspension as needed. There is also a standard suite of driver-assist technologies.

“All of this innovative technology is purposeful,” says Falotico. “Together, these features help make Aviator’s drive experience even more effortless and intuitive.”

Lincoln is expected to reveal the price and fuel economy for the 2020 Aviator closer to when it launches next year.