The Aviator was a badge-engineered Ford Explorer sold by Lincoln for model years 2003 through 2005. At the time the Explorer was a front-engine, rear-wheel drive sport utility. And, so will the new Aviator: returning to its roots, the next generation Explorer will return to rear-wheel drive, with a traditional transfer case for the optional all-wheel drive. The Aviator will precede its brother and also offer Lincoln's first available plug-in hybrid powertrain, a 3.0-liter twin turbocharged V6 and electric motors producing 450 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. The standard engiine will be twin-turbocharged 3.0 V6 making 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet.
Like all recent Explorers, the Aviator will offer three rows of seating, with either 6 or 7 seats. Front seats with heating, ventilation, active massage and up to 30 adjustments will be available.
Another new feature to debut with the Aviator: use of your smart-phone as the key. Owners will be able to use their smart phones as an encoded key, removing the neccessity of carrying a separate key fob. Security will be provided by the phone's biometrics or a PIN.
On the safety front, ther Aviator will come standard with frontal, front side and three-row curtain airbags. For active safety, Lincoln Co-Pilot360™ will be standard, an advanced suite of standard driver-assist technologies including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, lane keeping system, reverse camera and auto high-beams.
Aviator is coming in SUmmer 2019 as a 2020 model.
The base model is no longer called "Premiere," but is the "Lincoln Continental Standard." All models now have standard adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, automatic high beams, forward collision warnin, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane centering assist, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.
A refresh includes new LED headlights, a new grille and wheels. The redesign is meant to align the MKC's style with the Continental and the rest of the Lincoln range, including the new Nautilus and upcoming Aviator.
The front-wheel-drive model is discontinued, leaving only the all-wheel-drive 365-horsepower 3.5 twin turbocharged model in standard and Reserve. That's okay, because that's the best one, anyway. If you really want the front-wheel-drive model, you'll have to start a business and get a fleet number.
Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Warning, navigation system, power folding third row seat and heated steering wheel are all standard.
Lincoln Co-Pilot360 is a new standard package for MKZ and adds, as standard, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Warning, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping System with Driver Alert and Automatic High Beams. All of these were previously optional. Rain-sensing wipers are also now standard.
This is the replacement for the old MKX, and an indicator that Lincoln is done with its "MK" naming scheme. (Out of the Soup: Lincoln Renames its Cars)
The old 3.7 V6 is replaced by the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. Horsepower is down by 53, but torque is up by two foot-pounds and at a lower RPM. The 2.7 twin turbocharged V6 remains optional, but along with the 2.0 turbo, is now paired to an 8-speed automatic, leaving the 6-speed behind. Fuel mileage is up quite a bit: about 2 to 3 MPG across the board on average.
Front brakes are an inch larger and reaar brakes are two inches larger in diameter. Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking are now standard on all models.
What hasn't changed is roominess. The new Nautilus has near identical space for passengers and cargo; 5 people have 108.3 cubic feet of passenger space and their cargo has 37.2 cubic feet. With only two on board, folding the rear seat gives a total of 68.8 cubic feet of cargo volume.
Completely new for 2018, the Navigator sees few changes for 2019: the entry-level "Navigator Premier," only available on the standard wheelbase model, is now simply the Navigator or the Navigator Base. The Navigator Black Label now includes 30-way power front seats, just in case you need to have a separate adjustment for the second quadrant of your left thigh.
The Technology Package is now standard on the Navigator Reserve, including Standard on Navigator Reserve and Black Label. The Technology Package includes: Active Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, Head-Up Display, Auto High Beams, Lane-Keeping System with Driver Alert System, Lane-Keeping Assist, Lane-Keeping Alert, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection Plus Active Braking, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Distance Alert/Distance Indication, and Forward Collision Warning. (is it really that hard to keep a Lincoln in its lane?)