It's a plug-in hybrid SUV with performance that's said to rival supercars.
Behold the Aviator, the newest luxury SUV from Lincoln. We got a teaser of this machine a few weeks back, but don’t go flying out the door to place an order for one just yet. Lincoln is keeping us in a holding pattern because this model is just a “preview” of the actual vehicle slated to come next year. Does that make it a concept or a prototype? We aren’t sure, but we do know one thing. It’s freaking gorgeous.
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“The Lincoln Navigator continues to turn heads and bring new clients to the brand,” says Joy Falotico, Lincoln Motor Company president. “We believe Aviator’s elegant design, state-of-the-art technology and refined plug-in hybrid option will draw even more clients to the Lincoln showroom, including families who are looking for three-row capability.”
As such, Lincoln doesn’t offer up much in the way of specific details on the forthcoming Aviator. You did, however, probably notice the plug-in hybrid part. The Aviator will become the automaker’s first such vehicle, but whereas plug-in hybrids are typically paired with a modest gasoline engine, Lincoln says the Aviator can also wield a biturbo V6 with its electric motor to make it “mightier than many supercars on the road today.” That’s a pretty bold claim from a company not the least bit known for performance, but it’s one we’re extremely anxious to follow. Considering the Aviator is built on a rear-wheel drive platform, there could well be potential for greatness
Lincoln eyes the Aviator as slotting into the mid-size three-row SUV segment, offering a plethora of luxury features that includes functionality for owners to use a smart phone as the vehicle key. It also is fully equipped with Ford’s new Co-Pilot360 driver assist and safety systems, and it features something called Suspension Preview Technology. Basically, a forward-looking camera scans ahead and adjusts suspension settings depending on road conditions.
Being that this is a preview model, it’s hard to say just how many of these features or capabilities will ultimately make it to production. Lincoln says the Aviator doesn’t just preview a specific model, however, but the direction in which the entire company is headed. Based on what we see so far, that could be a darned good-looking future.
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