2020 Lincoln Aviator packs technology into midsize SUV segment

2020 Lincoln Aviator (Sinclair Broadcast Group / Jill Ciminillo)

Imagine a vehicle that could read the road ahead of you and adapt its suspension to create a smoother ride over an upcoming pothole. Or what about being able to enter and drive your car just by carrying your smart phone?

These are just a few of the technologies you can expect to see on the production version of the all-new midsize 2020 Lincoln Aviator.

Lincoln started its tech onslaught with the launch of the 2019 Nautilus, where it added Co-Pilot 360, including things such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking and automatic high beams as standard fare.

Aviator also adds this as standard, and includes available “assist” features to aid reverse braking, parallel parking and evasive steering.

Another interesting tech feature that the petite drivers and passengers will appreciate: air glide suspension with dynamic lower entry. This can automatically lower the vehicle as you approach to make it easier for you to step in.

Something else to notice is the next-gen steering wheel. The steering wheel controls have been simplified and streamlined, and the push-to-talk button has been moved to the 10 o’clock position to make it more intuitively placed and easy to reach.

A few other features of note include multiple charging ports throughout the vehicle, Qi wireless charging, and the Perfect Position seats with 30-way adjustability and massage functions.

Also newsworthy is the addition of the Grand Touring trim. This will be the plug-in electric hybrid version of the Aviator and will come equipped with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 mated to an electric motor.

Lincoln execs have stated this trim is more about performance than fuel efficiency, though it will likely appeal to audiences who are looking for both.

Though we don’t have exact specifications for power output, range or charge times, Lincoln has officially released that the Grand Touring model will deliver “more than” 450 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque and it will take 3 to 4 hours on a Level 2 charger (240 volts).

We speculate it will deliver around 20 miles of pure-EV range.

Lincoln execs state that more powertrain details will be released closer to launch.

Another bonus of the Grand Touring is that it was designed from the get-go in conjunction with the gasoline version of the vehicle, so the under-floor battery packaging doesn’t sacrifice cargo space.

The gasoline version has the same 3.0-liter V-6 as the Grand Touring, and is estimated to deliver 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.

Aviator will be built on a rear-wheel drive platform with all-wheel drive availability.

The 2020 Aviator is set to hit dealers in the summer of 2019.

The Bottom Line

Lincoln is showcasing a very tech-forward future with the introduction of its three-row 2020 Aviator. And we like it.

In addition to all the luxuries you expect from an automaker like Lincoln, you’ll now start getting some of the cool amenities that you might see in an automaker like Tesla.

It’s beautifully designed, well thought out and includes amazing luxuries and family friendly features.

We can’t wait to drive it.