The Aviator offers a preview of The Lincoln Motor Company’s newest vehicle along with a glimpse into the brand’s future, which is moving toward a broader portfolio of utilities and electrification in conjunction with effortless services.
The “teaser” model serves to preview the direction Lincoln plans to take with its newest SUV when the three-row plug-in hybrid production model goes on sale next year.
The synchronicity of Aviator’s name and form language is intentional – aeronautics has long inspired automotive design. The emphasis of graceful lines pulling downward toward the rear (a cue to Aviator’s rear-wheel-drive platform) is described as an in-flight gesture. The iridescent Flight Blue exterior colour complements the Aviator’s elegant, flowing lines, while the signature Lincoln grille is executed in high-gloss black and chrome accents. A wraparound windshield helps complete the aviation-inspired theme.
The effortless experience begins even before entering the Aviator, as owners can use their smartphone as a key. When it debuts on the production SUV, ‘Phone as a Key’ technology is expected to be one of the industry’s leading systems. Activated through the Lincoln Way app, it allows owners to lock and unlock, open the trunk and, most importantly, start and drive the vehicle – no smart key fob is necessary.
‘Phone as a Key’ is designed to offer other amenities similar to a smart key fob. For instance, drivers can activate a locator chirp to find their Aviator in a crowded parking lot, or recall their personal profile. Should the phone battery go dead, a backup passcode can be entered on the standard exterior keypad to gain access, then clients can start and proceed to drive the vehicle via the centre touchscreen. And, if the phone is lost or stolen, ‘Phone as a Key’ can be easily deleted, providing additional peace of mind.
The Aviator’s spacious, airy cabin accentuates horizontal lines, minimising visual clutter to deliver a soothing sanctuary. A thoughtfully designed steering wheel is intended for ultimate ease of use, with only subtle finger movements needed to access the many functions it houses.
As comfort is paramount with the Aviator, the amenities continue with Perfect Position seats offering 30-way adjustability and massage capability, while flexible second-row seats can recline and slide forward for easy access to the spacious third row.
Wireless phone charging is located in the front armrest, while a convenient media bin is available for passengers in front as well. Multiple power outlets are located throughout the cabin, while standard Wi-Fi ensures everyone stays connected.
An all-new Lincoln Black Label-inspired theme harmoniously combines Shearling Beige and Lunar Gray to further elevate the ambience. Machine-turn aluminium appliqués, brushed in small circles to replicate the shape of early aviation instruments, enhance the theme. The supple leather of the seats is minimally processed to retain its natural texture.
Built on a rear-wheel-drive platform, the Aviator allows for the power and capability luxury clients require in a three-row SUV. The platform also serves to enhance the Aviator’s elegant proportions, with a long wheelbase allowing for spacious second and third rows.
The Lincoln powertrain is designed for clients interested in options. A twin-turbocharged engine can be paired with the brand’s first advanced plug-in hybrid technology, marking the first time the company will offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain mated to a twin-turbo engine. This combination of power and electrified capability will help the Aviator deliver Lincoln’s quietest, smoothest, most powerful drive yet.
The Aviator’s plug-in hybrid experience provides for a responsive, refined ride, with no powertrain-induced noise and vibration when operating on battery charge, yet it is capable of using its twin-turbo engine if needed, easing range anxiety.
Lincoln Drive Modes allow clients to further customise the drive experience, while a 12-inch standard cluster display confirms the choice with beautiful and dynamic, easy-to-read graphics.
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