At the New York Motor Show, Lincoln unveiled this: the Aviator. And boy isn’t is something to look at? The Ford luxury sub-brand have outdone themselves on the looks alone, with a sleek yet imposing body that could well rival anything from a Bentley to a Range Rover.
We won’t know if it’s any good, of course, until the car makes its production debut, but this ‘preview’ doesn’t allude to much changing between now and when it hits showrooms in North America. It’s a shame the rest of the world won’t be receiving the car, though, because it’s shaping up to be quite a contender.
Though it looks enormous, this Aviator will slot underneath Lincoln’s flagship SUV, the Navigator. Unlike that, it has a sophisticated rear-wheel drive underpinnings that should mean next-level refinement and more ceiling for all kinds of tech to be stuffed in.
It’s still a large 7-seater, though, and here seen riding on 22-inch wheels. Lincoln has put considerable effort to make sure that the car looks imposing but not unwieldy. They also have made sure to subtly make its references to the world of aeronautics present throughout.
“In Aviator, the lines of the vehicle are streamlined,” says Lincoln Design Director David Woodhouse. “You have the stature and presence of the grille at the front, then the body and tail taper off – creating a distinct aerofoil analogy.”
“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 says. “You see that in the main body line of Aviator. From the headlight to the taillight, there’s a beautiful undercut feature varying in depth that connotes poise and grace,” he adds.
Inside, the Aviator sports a cabin decked in two-tone leather accents of Shearling Beige and Lunar Grey. It’s a thoroughly modern design that takes cues from both past Lincoln vehicles and modern luxury trends. Gloss black and aluminium trim accents are peppered across the interior, too, adding some visual fill from what is otherwise quite a minimalistic space.
There’s a large centrally-mounted infotainment screen and a fully digital 12-inch instrument cluster display, both of which are derived from Ford’s SYNC technology. The Aviator will also come equipped with Co-Pilot360, adding advanced driver-assist systems such as AEB, lane keep assist, and blind spot monitoring to all variants.
Lincoln hasn’t detailed any of the Aviator’s powertrain details just yet but expect it to be derived from current Ford mills. From these pictures, it can be confirmed that the Aviator will be sold as a hybrid, paired to a twin-turbocharged petrol unit most likely to be the 3.5-litre V6 that powers the Ranger Raptor. The company claims that, in this configuration, the Aviator will be “mightier than many supercars on the road today.”