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Lincoln teasing Aviator concept

Lincoln teasing Aviator concept

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Much like they did with the Navigator and the Continental, Lincoln are teasing the Aviator through  a short video ahead of a reveal at the 2018 New York Auto Show at the end of the month.
There isn’t much to go on, just a Tweet that appeared on our feed and a short video.

As you can see, there is only 16 seconds of video that doesn’t show a great deal. Even from that glimpse though, we see a nice heritage design scheme with the Aviator nameplate running over a wheel arch and what look like a zipper design for the grille. The video doesn’t give away much at all but there seems a real 50’s vibe about it.

Concepts are usually flights of fancy that give designers free rein to let their imaginations go wild. However, the last couple of concepts out of Lincoln have been fairly close to the mark. The auto show is only a week away so we don’t have long to wait until we find out!

Lincoln Aviator
The Lincoln Aviator is not a new model. It is a rebirth of an older one that was in production from 2002 until 2005. It was a midsize SUV that sat underneath the Navigator in the lineup.

Based on the Ford Explorer, Lincoln took a fairly utilitarian SUV and turn up the luxury. They gave it a better interior, better seats, more luxurious materials, more sound insulation and tweaked the ride to make it much smoother. Lincoln also added electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring, park assist, remote keyless entry, CD changer and voice activation. For 2002, that was all quite advanced tech!

The original Aviator was powered by a 4.6-litre V6 engine that produced 302 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. It used a five speed automatic transmission to send power to the rear wheels. I think the engine in this new version will be smaller but just as powerful.

I think Lincoln is doing the right thing by bringing back the Aviator badge. Sure the previous model wasn’t amazing but other automakers are ramping up their SUV and crossover offerings so Lincoln has to do the same. If the company makes the same kind of improvements here like they did with the new Continental and Navigator, things are looking good.

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