Lincoln Aviator 2020: will it be the right time?

Lincoln Aviator 2020: will it be the right time?

Does the name Aviator mean anything to you? It is normal, Lincoln revives a model popularized in the early 2000s that was called at the time of "baby Navigator".

It was actually a Ford Explorer and, despite its good intentions, the Aviator was never really successful. After being removed from the catalog in 2005, Lincoln is dusting off the model with the hope of making it a leading player in the six- or seven-passenger luxury SUV segment.

The Car Guide travels to California to validate the automaker’s claims and, most importantly, get behind the wheel of a model that sparked great interest during its presentation at the last Los Angeles Auto Show.

In order to set it apart from the competition, notably the Infiniti QX60 and the Acura MDX, Lincoln will rely on two engines including a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 developing 400 horsepower paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. A sign of the times, the Aviator 2020 will also be available in a plug-in hybrid version called the Grand Touring. This package will produce 494 horsepower, but it is its 630 lb-ft torque that will undoubtedly seduce us the most.

Even if the model shares its platform again with the Ford Explorer, the Aviator has a distinct personality with a style modeled on the latest brand new products. Its interior is full of technologies that will obviously be put to the test.