One of the interesting cars that made its debut at this year’s LA Auto Show is the 2020 Lincoln Aviator. The production model looks identical to the prototype that was showcased at the New York Auto Show earlier this year.
According to the brand, the 2020 Aviator’s design has aeronautical inspiration. “The connotations of flight are intrinsic in the lines of the vehicle,” said David Woodhouse, design director at Lincoln. “You have the stature and presence of the grille at the front, then the body and tail taper off — creating a distinct aerofoil analogy”.
The example on display at the LA Auto Show was finished in Iridescent Flight Blue. Lincoln’s signature grille is executed in high-gloss black and chrome accents that beckon the eye, while a wraparound windshield completes the aviation-inspired theme. Needless to say, the wheels on this example too draw inspiration from the aviation world.
There are different options for the cabin theme which all draw inspiration from aviation and travel. A theme called Flight, combines Luggage Tan and Ebony, further elevating the ambience of the cabin. There are bright appliqués, brushed in small circles, replicating the finish of early aviation instrument panels. Apparently, the supple leather on the seats is minimally processed to retain its natural texture.
Features in the cabin include a standard 12.3-inch configurable LCD instrument cluster. In addition to Lincoln’s five signature settings — Normal, Conserve, Excite, Slippery and Deep Conditions, two new modes — Pure EV and Preserve EV are engineered specifically for the Aviator Grand Touring models.
Besides welcoming the driver with lights, the Aviator lowers its suspension automatically to “greet” the driver. There’s also a Phone As A Key feature on offer. Drivers can recall individual preferences for adjusting seat, mirror and steering column positions. Comfort and entertainment settings can be activated through the feature as well. It also helps in lending the car to friends and family.
Options list includes Adaptive Suspension with Road Preview, 28 speaker Revel Ultima 3D Audio System, seats with 30-way adjustability and massage function, and wireless phone charging.
All models come standard with a suite of driver-assist features known as Lincoln Co-Pilot360. Buyers can opt for Co-Pilot360 Plus which adds Traffic Jam Assist, Evasive Steer Assist, Reverse Brake Assist and Active Park Assist Plus.
The 2020 Aviator marks the first plug-in hybrid model for Lincoln. It is offered as an option. The 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 along with an electric motor develops a total of 450 hp and 600 lb-ft (814 Nm) of torque. Without hybrid, the output is 400 hp and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque. Transmission is a 10-speed automatic and the all-wheel-drive is optional on both variants.
The Aviator Grand Touring is capable of accepting a Level 1 or Level 2 charge. With a 240V public charging station, home-installed charging, or with a Level 2 charge cord, Lincoln claims a full charge within 3 to 4 hours.
“Aviator represents the very best of our brand DNA and signals the direction for Lincoln vehicles going forward,” said 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”.