When it comes to the UAE next year as a 2020 model the new Lincoln Aviator will head into a tough SUV segment, and it’ll have to fight with BMW, Audi and Mercedes for attention in the AED200,000-plus bracket…
Lincoln’s style revival continues with another crossover that revives a discontinued name once associated with a badge-engineered Ford Explorer. Well, the new Aviator is still a badge-engineered Ford Explorer, but there’s a lot more this time around that went into the engineering bit.
Revealed at the Los Angeles auto show last week, we can confirm the SUV is coming to the Middle East and will be on sale in the UAE next year as a 2020 model, but there’s no word on GCC-spec trim levels or prices yet.
The LA show gave us the first public peek into the Aviator, which will answer only to the Lincoln Navigator when it comes to line-up hierarchy. The Aviator, then, is heading into a tough segment to fight for sales with the Audi Q7, Land Rover Discovery, Volvo XC90, BMW X5, and the like.
Lincoln knows that to stand out in that crowd the Detroit brand will have to pull out something special, and the 2020 Aviator gets started with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 rated at 400 horsepower and over 540Nm of torque.
The top of the range model is called the Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring, and it ups the game a fair bit, to 450 horsepower and more than 800Nm of torque. Those are some serious figures, and there’s no clue in the name that Lincoln achieves it with a plug-in hybrid powerplant.
That’s very intentional, because the Aviator Grand Touring doesn’t really want you to think of it as a boring hybrid. After all there’s nothing boring about 800Nm of torque, so Lincoln deliberately left out any mention of ‘hybrid’ and ‘PHEV’ in the car’s badging.
In the future all electrified Lincolns will in fact be Grand Touring models so you can expect the name to spread across the line-up once the brand fully embraces the tech.
Meanwhile the three-row 2020 Aviator will roll out with fresh tech because according to the manufacturer their customer base isn’t to be found in old age homes – most Lincolns are bought by people in their 30s and early 40s. You’ll be able to use your smartphone as the car key, for example, and a 12-inch screen is standard kit. The electric 30-way adjustable seats have to set some kind of record also.
Anyway we think the 2020 Lincoln Aviator looks pretty sleek and could be an interesting alternative to the SUV masses.