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Lincoln MKT to coexist alongside Aviator

Lincoln MKT to coexist alongside Aviator

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The 2019 Lincoln MKT is going to coexist alongside the Aviator for a while before being completely replaced. Lincoln says it has no plans as yet to fully retire the MKT even though a new model will arrive soon.

A company spokesman said as much in an interview with Automotive News. He said that the MKT is a tried and tested model for fleet managers and is still selling well so why mess with that? The MKT has found a home as a hotel shuttle, fleet car and luxury rental model. Lincoln seems to want to leverage that as much as possible while introducing the Aviator.

While sales are modest compared to some of Ford’s market leaders, profit is not. There is a lot of markup on luxury models and on SUVs so why not make the most of it? As the factory is already manufacturing the vehicle, it makes sense to profit from the existing tooling rather than shut the lines down and retool for something else.

2019 Lincoln Aviator
The 2019 Lincoln Aviator is a three row SUV that sits just below the Navigator in the lineup. It will likely be a similar to the MKT but also improve on it wherever possible.

The design we saw when it was unveiled looked very elegant. It manages to retain the signature Lincoln grille but makes it look less garish and much more subtle. The rest of the design is sleek and modern and definitely looks and feels like a Lincoln.

On the inside, there is leather everywhere. It’s good to see that cabin standards have been retained and even improved. The dashboard looks very modern with an LCD instrument cluster that can be programmed to your specific needs. With seating for seven passengers and cargo in back, lots of head and legroom and plenty of light, the interior of the 2019 Lincoln Aviator looks superb.

Under the hood we expect a twin turbocharged V6 engine and perhaps even a hybrid version. The marketing material we saw earlier in the year showed what looked like a charger plugged into the offside fender. Further images haven’t shown an kind of visible port so we don’t know when the hybrid is coming.

The 2019 Lincoln Aviator will feature Lincoln Co-Pilot 360. This is expected to include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams and reverse brake assist. We also expect a range of other innovative features too.

I am looking forward to seeing the 2019 Lincoln Aviator up close. The MKT looks the part and the Aviator is destined to take over at some point even if it isn’t immediately. The release date is currently unknown but we expect it to be within the next few months.

Visit Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2 to inquire about the 2019 Lincoln Aviator.

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