According to a recent report, Lincoln is due to revive the Aviator SUV that got axed back in 2015. The all-new SUV launched by the American automaker will once again come as a more upscale version of the Ford Explorer. Rumor has it that the upcoming Aviator might arrive for the 2018 model year as a replacement for the unsuccessful Lincoln MKT. Moreover, the 2018 Lincoln Aviator will make it to production as part of the company’s four-year plan to introduce four new Ford or Lincoln SUV. That strategy doesn’t come as much of a surprise bearing in mind the fact that crossover SUVs are now outselling sedans on the U.S. market.
2018 Lincoln Aviator Design
The 2018 Lincoln Aviator will ride on a highly modular platform that is currently being developed by the Ford Motor Company. The same goes for the new Ford Explorer with which the three-row Aviator will share its architecture and most of the mechanical components. The new rear-wheel-drive platform underpinning the two models will further differentiate them from the front-wheel-drive-based Edge and MKX.
As for the Aviator’s sheet metal design, details are still scarce. We expect Lincoln’s brand new SUV to offer a sleek and fresh styling that will make it stand out from Ford’s lineup. It is also anticipated to showcase the brand’s new design philosophy that will later be applied across the SUV range. When it comes to the cabin design, expect the revived Aviator to boast a slew of new features and amenities that haven’t been seen thus far in this class. It will certainly be one of the most comfortable family-haulers that offers a touch of luxury and refinement.
Unfortunately, more substantial reports concerning the engine range have yet to come. Some sources hint that the 2018 Lincoln Aviator could introduce enhanced versions of Ford’s powertrains used by other models. Those include some of the options available in the 2017 Ford Explorer such as the 280-hp 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 or the 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 delivering 365 horses. Moreover, the Aviator is most likely to use a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters mounted on the steering-wheel.
The resurrected Aviator seems to be ending the company’s much-criticized MK naming strategy (MKZ, MKX and MKT). In that sense, many believe the 2018 Lincoln Aviator will be a for bearer of the brand’s new philosophy when it comes to the crossover SUV range. Of course, we’ll be eager to share new details on the upcoming model that will hopefully surface in the coming months.