New York Auto Show: Lincoln resurrects Aviator as plug-in hybrid CUV
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New York Auto Show: Lincoln resurrects Aviator as plug-in hybrid CUV

By David Undercoffler | March 28, 2018

Lincoln is giving a glimpse of the future with a name from its past with the new Aviator three-row, luxury crossover.

Unveiled Wednesday at the 2018 New York Auto Show, the production-ready Aviator concept previews a new SUV that Lincoln will put on sale next year, likely as a 2020 model.

Based on the Ford Explorer, the Aviator will fill a crucial hole in Lincoln’s crossover lineup: it will be bigger than the compact MKC and midsize MKX (soon to be renamed the Nautilus for 2019) but smaller than the massive Navigator land yacht.

Lincoln last built the Aviator SUV from 2003 to 2005.

Lincoln was mum on most details about the new Aviator save for a crucial nugget: it will come with an optional plug-in hybrid powertrain that uses an electric motor and a twin-turbocharged gas engine.

A base non-hybrid model will likely use a turbocharged V6 engine. All-wheel drive is expected to be optional, while rear-wheel drive will be standard.

Other features include Wi-Fi, a 12-inch digital screen in the instrument panel, a camera-based suspension system that scans the road ahead for things like potholes or bumps and an app that allows users to use their smartphones as a key.

Additional details on the new Aviator will be announced closer to its launch in 2019.