2020 Lincoln Aviator Overview
Lincoln’s crossover and SUV lineup is growing with this year’s addition of the all-new Aviator. The 2020 Lincoln Aviator might be new to the market, but it’s sure to become a mainstay thanks to its peppy performance, luxurious interior, and extensive safety technology features.
The 2020 Lincoln Aviator is available at five trim levels: Standard, Reserve, Grand Touring, Black Label, and Black Label Grand Touring.
What’s new for the 2020 Lincoln Aviator?
The Aviator is a completely new addition to Lincoln’s lineup for 2020, slotting between the Nautilus and Navigator. The Aviator name first appeared in the early 2000s on a Lincoln SUV, but it was short-lived. The 2020 Aviator is based on the concept vehicle of the same name that debuted at the 2018 New York International Auto Show.
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Whether you choose the entry-level Standard model or splash out for the Black Label Grand Touring, your Lincoln Aviator gives off an air of sophistication from the outside in. Standard exterior features include full LED automatic headlights with auto high beam, a dual exhaust system, heated power-folding side mirrors, and a power liftgate (hands-free on Reserve and up models).
According to Lincoln Design Director David Woodhouse, the Aviator is meant to mirror a bird in flight. “If you look at a bird or plane in flight, the wing is always at an angle to the air and falling downward toward the rear,” he said. “You see that in the main bodyline of Aviator. From the headlight to the taillight, there’s a beautiful undercut feature varying in depth that connotes poise and grace.”
Lincoln is known for using premium materials to build its vehicles, and the Aviator is no exception. Standard models receive tri-zone climate control, while higher trim levels get quad-zone to ensure the individual comfort of all passengers. The soft leather-wrapped steering wheel gives great grip and can be heated if you so choose. Seats can be leather, heated, ventilated, or even 30-way power adjustable.
The Aviator also offers seating for seven, a 12.3-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a standard remote start system.
Performance and efficiency
All 2020 Lincoln Aviator models are powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that churns out 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. The Grand Touring and Black Label Grand Touring models have a plug-in hybrid powertrain that ups performance figures to 494 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque. The Grand Touring models can go approximately 18 miles on electric power alone before switching to the gas engine for juice.
Non-hybrid models are good for an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined. Fuel economy figures are not yet available for PHEV models, but it’s safe to assume they will be pretty efficient.
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The 2020 Aviator comes standard with Lincoln’s Co-Pilot360 safety technology. This includes pre-collision alert with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, dynamic brake support, pedestrian detection, and blind-spot detection with cross-traffic alert. You can also opt to upgrade to Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus, which adds traffic jam assist, evasive steer assist, reverse brake assist, and active park assist.