Lincoln has been on a streak over the past three years, as the brand has introduced some legitimately great vehicles like the Continental, Navigator and now the Aviator. While some other brands are coming out with vehicles that are blasé and uninspiring, Lincoln has brought to the table something truly unique and innovative automobiles, boasting class-leading powertrains and interior packages which are a cut above the pack.
Impressive Driving Dynamics
The Aviator offers two potent engines, one of which is a plug-in hybrid. The standard petrol engine is exceptional, offering a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, which is paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. Together, this set-up is good for 400 horsepower and 415 ft.-lbs. of torque, which blows the competition right out of the water. If that’s not enough, you can option up to the hybrid variant, which offers a staggering 494 combined horsepower and 630 combined ft.-lbs. of torque.
Both engines feel incredibly capable on the road, always giving you confidence when passing, or if you decide to engage in some spirited driving. Having driven the Aviator through the rolling hills of Northern California, I can say I was seriously impressed with its driving dynamics and handling abilities, aided in part by an available adaptive suspension which uses a suite of 12 sensors that constantly monitor vehicle motion, body movement, steering, acceleration and braking inputs from the driver. These sensors read the road 500 times per second, and can automatically prompt setting adjustments up to 100 times per second. You can actually throw the Aviator into a deep curve and come out with a giant smile on your face as you speed away into the sunset.
It is exciting to have a vehicle from an America luxury manufacture which can finally stand up to the German competition from a performance standpoint.
Elegant Interior Design
The Lincoln Navigator received many accolades for its stunning interior design, and the Aviator will be no different as it plays off of the already successful design of the Navigator with a few key improvements. The steering wheel looks like a mid-century modern art piece, with a very clean yet functional design and real metal buttons. The seats are exceptionally comfortable, with 30+ adjustments and a unique Lincoln-esque pattern to them.
The interior as a whole offers a calming feel, with soft leather surfaces, a minimalist design, and high-quality construction which includes, again, real metal buttons. Lincoln didn’t skimp out on the interior. While it is not quite an Audi, the Navigator does go far beyond what others in the class offer.
Lincoln offers a full suite of new technology to make the Aviator even more appealing to potential buyers. It all starts with adaptive cruise control, which offers lane-centering technology with stop and go technology, great for traffic jams. When it comes to seeing the road ahead, Lincoln has sophisticated front headlamps which read the road ahead and, when sensing a corner, predicts where light is needed, allowing the headlamps to instantly adjust or bend. The beam intensity also adjusts based on speed; at faster speeds, light is directed to the road, while at slower speeds, headlamps adjust to illuminate more areas in front of the vehicle.
The all-new 2020 Lincoln Aviator is exactly what Lincoln needs in order to capitalize on the current SUV craze and showcase their newest technologies. From driving dynamics to interior design, the Lincoln Aviator encompasses everything that an American luxury vehicle should offer.