2020 Lincoln Aviator: Hybrid Model Packs More Torque Than An F-150 Raptor [Video]

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At first glance, you may get the feeling you’ve seen the 2020 Lincoln Aviator before.

If you feel you’ve seen this car before, you have. The 2020 Lincoln Aviator just debuted at the LA Auto Show, but it’s pretty similar to the pre-production version we saw in New York earlier this year. This time, though, it’s for real. This is the Aviator that’s heading into production. Or “taking flight”, as Lincoln would put it. While it doesn’t look any different from the Aviator Preview, that’s no bad thing. It’s a handsome SUV, and now we finally know more about it.

2020 Lincoln Aviator
The 2020 Lincoln Aviator. [Photo: Lincoln]


The three-row 2020 Lincoln Aviator slots below the above the Nautilus and below the Navigator. There are two powertrains on offer, both utilizing the same 3.0-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. The standard twin-turbocharged engine puts out 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid, thanks to added electrification, managed 450 horsepower, same as the Navigator. Get this, though: the hybridized 2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring makes 600 lb-ft of torque. More than a Navigator and, by extension, more than a Ford F-150 Raptor.

2020 Lincoln Aviator

Luxury and Tech

That’s a healthy dose of power, but the 2020 Lincoln Aviator isn’t about out and out performance. According to Lincoln president Joy Falotico, “It offers elegance, effortless performance and unparalleled comfort – a true representation of Lincoln’s vision for the future.” To that end, the interior is a particularly nice place to be. Swathed in leather, available 30-way adjustable seats and a 28-speaker Revel audio system, the 2020 Lincoln Aviator brings the goods in terms of luxurious appointments.

A 12.3-inch configurable LCD instrument cluster is standard equipment, as are the Aviator’s five standard drive modes: Normal, Conserve, Excite, Slippery and Deep Conditions. However, there are two new drive modes for the Aviator Grand Touring — what Lincoln calls its hybrid model — Pure EV and Preserve EV.

2020 Lincoln Aviator

Lincoln Co-Pilot360 rounds out the safety technology available in the 2020 Lincoln Aviator. On top of the usual features, like adaptive cruise control, Lane Keep Assist, blind spot monitoring and so on, the 2020 Lincoln Aviator adds some new technologies. Named Co-Pilot360 Plus, the available suite includes Traffic Jam Assist, to guide the car in stop-and-go traffic. Evasive Steer Assist helps a driver swerve out of the way when an object can’t be avoided by braking alone. Reverse Brake Assist stops the car if you’re about to back into something, and Active Park Assist Plus takes over steering, shifting, braking and accelerating while you’re parking.

Lincoln’s new Aviator also uses its forward camera to scan the roads for potholes. If it sees one coming up, it can adjust the suspension on its own to make the ride as smooth as possible. The 2020 Lincoln Aviator also adds “Phone As A Key”, where drivers can use their smartphones for comfort controls and to start the car. If you lose your phone or it gets stolen, you can delete the key through the Lincoln Way app on another device.

Updates coming soon

Pricing information isn’t available yet, but the 2020 Lincoln Aviator will be available to customers globally next year. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates! Subscribe to TFLcar and TFLnow for more coverage from the 2018 LA Auto Show.