2019 Lincoln Aviator to bow at L.A. auto show




Lincoln previewed the rear-wheel drive Aviator at the 2018 New York auto show. Photo credit: BLOOMBERG

Lincoln plans to unveil the production version of the 2019 Aviator crossover this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The luxury make showed off what it called a “production preview” of the Aviator in March at the New York auto show. The production version is expected to retain most of the production preview’s features.

The three-row, rear-wheel-drive crossover will come with a gasoline or plug-in hybrid powertrain and is expected to go on sale in the second half of 2019.

Inside, the Aviator will offer the same 30-way adjustable seats as those in the Navigator and Continental, and a 12-inch digital cluster, Wi-Fi and multiple charging ports will be standard. Also standard will be the brand’s new Lincoln Co-Pilot360 suite of driver-assist technologies.

Lincoln said the vehicle’s chimes to alert drivers about open fuel doors or an unlatched seat belt were recorded by musicians with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Executives call the Aviator the “epitome” of Lincoln design. The styling includes an updated mesh grille described as an inverse of the face worn by the Navigator, Continental and other Lincolns. The vehicle is a sibling of the Ford Explorer, which is also being redesigned on the same rwd platform.

Lincoln used the Aviator nameplate on an SUV until it was discontinued in 2005. It’s returning as the brand is trying to reach 300,000 global sales by the end of the decade — and is relying heavily on crossovers and SUVs such as the Aviator and recently redesigned Navigator to lead the way.




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