Ford’s luxury division Lincoln revived the Aviator nameplate for the last model year and the new model takes the form of the three-row, mid-size crossover SUV based on the same platform as the recently all-new Ford Explorer. The newest Aviator features upscale design inside and out. The model comes with lots of advanced features and can be had with the plug-in hybrid powertrain. The base turbocharged engine provides also quick acceleration. The next 2021 Lincoln Aviator isn’t expected to bring any significant upgrade.
The 2021 Aviator will return in the same form and with familiar powertrain options while there will be some changes in the equipment availability with the possible introduction of the new special edition version. New color options and additional standard equipment should also be in the list of novelties for the 2021 model year as reports indicate.
2021 Lincoln Aviator: Design
The newest generation Aviator debuted at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show and entered the market as the 2020 version. The second-generation Aviator has a little in common with the previous model version that was discontinued in 2005. The latest Aviator shares the architecture with the sixth generation Ford Explorer and it is Ford Motor Company’s new vehicle platform for multiple powertrain layout.
Form the visual perspective, the Aviator features distinctive design compared to the corporate cousin model. The model applies the same styling theme as the Continental sedan and larger Navigator SUV. The Aviator has an upright stance interrupted with the sculpted bumpers and sharp character line.
The front section is defined with the brand’s signature grille and hawkish headlights. The shapely front bumper and hood add more dynamic to model design.
The rear gets full-width headlights and a nicely integrated bumper. The model comes also with attractive wheel styles and contrasting trim inserts.
The 2021 Lincoln Aviator will repeat the same form as the current version but should offer new color options and new special edition versions with the new exterior theme.
The cabin of the next 2021 Lincoln Aviator will also stay the same while there will be several changes in the equipment availability.
The Aviator has comfortable first two rows with a bit limited headroom while the third row is adequate for the kinds. The cargo space is up to 77.7 cubes while measuring 18.3 cubes with all seats up.
At the equipment level, the Aviator comes well-equipped from the entry-level trim. The model gets LED headlights and taillights, power mirrors, rain-sensing wipers and more by default. The cabin starts with the tri-zone automatic climate control, 12-way power-adjustable and heated front seats, heated steering wheel, and more.
Standard tech features will include a 10.1-inch infotainment display, a 12.3-inch instrument panel, WiFi, Apple Car Play and Android Auto support, navigation, and satellite radio. Advanced safety systems are also part of the standard equipment list. The package includes forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
Upper grades bring larger wheels up to 22 inches, upgraded upholstery, quad-zone climate control, surround-view cameras, Revel sound system, 30-way power and massaging front seats, adaptive suspension and many other premium features.
2021 Lincoln Aviator: Performance, MPG
There are no signs that 2021 Lincoln Aviator will introduce a new powertrain option. The model should return with the standard turbocharged petrol engine and plug-in hybrid setup.
The base 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine delivers sufficient power and quack acceleration. The unit pumps out 400 hp and torque of 415 lb-ft. It comes in pair with the 10-speed automatic transmission while buyers will pick between the two- and all-wheel drive.
EPA rated the rear-wheel drive, V-6 powered Aviator at 18 mpg city and 26 highways. The all-wheel-drive version earned 17 mpg city and 24 highways.
The plug-in hybrid uses the same V-6 engine as the non-hybrid version combined with the 13.6-kWh battery and 75-kW electric motor placed between the engine and transmission system. The combined output of the plug-in hybrid setup is 494 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque. The system should provide about 21 miles of all-electric range.
2021 Lincoln Aviator: Availability, Price
The 2021 Lincoln Aviator should hit the market late this year. The most affordable Aviator should cost close to the current $51, 100. The model will close $90, 000 for the best-equipped version.