Lincoln has released the first teaser video of the upcoming Aviator concept.
Set to debut at the New York Auto Show on March 28th, the all-new model will follow in the footsteps of the Navigator and effectively replace the slow-selling MKT. Little is known about the crossover but is expected to be based on the redesigned Ford Explorer which will be launched next year.
Like the Expedition-based Navigator, the Aviator will have Lincoln-specific styling that echoes its larger brother. The teaser video doesn’t reveal much but we can see the crossover will have a large grille with an illuminated Lincoln emblem.
The unique styling will continue in the cabin as we can expect a luxurious passenger compartment with seating for up to seven people. Drivers should also find themselves surrounded by premium leather upholstery, wood trim and the latest SYNC infotainment system.
Engine options remain unconfirmed but previous reports have suggested the Aviator could be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Ford recently confirmed the next-generation Explorer will have a hybrid option so an Aviator variant seems like a pretty safe bet.
The mainstream model remains a bit more mysterious but the crossover could be offered with the same twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that resides in the Lincoln Continental and MKZ. It produces 400 hp (298 kW) and 400 lb-ft (542Nm) of torque and will reportedly also see service in the new Ford Explorer ST.
The Aviator is expected to be lauched in 2019 and slot between the Nautilus and Navigator. The model will also pick up where the original left off nearly 13 years ago.
— Lincoln Motor Company (@LincolnMotorCo) March 15, 2018