The 2020 Lincoln Aviator unveiled at the Montreal Auto Show

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator unveiled at the Montreal Auto Show

Luxury brand Lincoln introduces the 2020 Aviator in Montreal for the first time in Canada, a brand new seven-passenger mid-size SUV that will compete with the Acura MDX, Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Volvo XC90, among others.

The Aviator will come standard with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 developing 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, which can also be found in the Lincoln MKZ and Continental sedans. It is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and - in Canada - an all-wheel drive.

However, the big news is the introduction of a plug-in hybrid powertrain, something new for the Lincoln brand. In this case, the twin-turbo V6 works in concert with an electric motor to produce a total of 450 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. This variant of the Aviator is called the Grand Touring.

As of yet, the company has not released any information on range, recharge time and performance, but the SUV is likely to be very fast. The drive mode system will offer five settings, including Normal, Conserve, Excite, Slippery and Deep Conditions, while the Grand Touring will add Pure EV and Preserve EV modes to maximize fuel efficiency.

Another new technology that debuts at Lincoln is called Phone As A Key, allowing owners to lock or unlock doors, start the vehicle and open the tailgate using a smartphone. . Phone As A Key can also be used to recall the position of the seat and the steering column as well as the air conditioning and audio settings.

The Lincoln Aviator 2020 will benefit from an optional air suspension which, using a front-mounted camera, will monitor the road ahead in order to anticipate damaged pavement and potholes and prepare the shock absorbers for ride comfort optimal.

Occupants will also enjoy the 28-speaker Revel Ultima 3D audio system, 30-way power front seats with Perfect Position massage, wireless phone charging and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot (data plan extra) . Cargo space has not yet been announced, but Lincoln before the placement of the battery in the Grand Touring version will not reduce the volume of the passenger compartment.

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