In 2020, the Lincoln Aviator replaced the MKT as the brand’s three-row mid-size crossover SUV model, slotting in below the full-size truck-based Navigator.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2022, Lincoln has added new functions to its Co-Pilot360 Plus suite of driver assists, prompting it to rename the package Co-Pilot360 1.5 Plus.
Lincoln offers the Aviator in Reserve and Grand Touring trim levels. Reserve is powered by a 3.0L turbo V6 and a 10-speed transmission with AWD. Grand Touring gets the same engine, but with a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) system that adds power and promises 34 km of electric range on a full charge, and comes mated to a continuously variable transmission that is also standard with AWD.
Reserve trim’s standard features include an adaptive suspension, passive keyless entry, rain-sensing wipers, 20-inch wheels, LED headlights with automatic high beams, a hands-free tailgate, and heated/power-folding side mirrors with driver’s side auto-dimming.
The Aviator’s base cabin features ambient lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, four-zone A/C, a leather-trimmed heated steering wheel, 10.1-inch touchscreen, power steering column, garage door remote, a panoramic sunroof, wireless smartphone charging, navigation, Bridge of Weir leather upholstery, heated/ventilated front and second-row seats, and 12-way power front seats.
Lane-keeping assist is standard, along with blind spot detection, front and rear parking sensors, cross-traffic alert with auto braking, 360-degree camera views, and forward collision detection with emergency braking.
Grand Touring models add 21-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, and Lincoln Drive Control.
An Aviator Reserve 201A package adds a luxury package (30-way front seats and a Revel stereo), a head-up display, phone-as-a-key technology, and the Co-Pilot360 1.5 Plus system.
In Grand Touring trim, the 301A option pack is similar to 201A, but adds an illumination package.
Lincoln’s fuel consumption estimates for the Aviator are 13.7/9.7 L/100 km (city/highway) for the Reserve’s gas powertrain. Grand Touring’s PHEV setup is rated for 10.9/9.6 L/100 km when running as a gas-electric hybrid, and 4.2 Le/100 km in all-electric mode.
With the Aviator, Lincoln hopes to attract shoppers who might otherwise consider the Land Rover Range Rover, Audi Q7, BMW X7, Volvo XC90, and Mercedes-Benz GLS.