Lincoln Says Production Aviator Will Look Just Like The Prototype

The appealing looks of the Lincoln Aviator prototype from the New York Auto Show are set to be featured on the road-going model.

According to Lincoln design boss David Woodhouse, who recently spoke with Road & Track, the show car is almost identical to the production version.

The automaker remains hush about the Aviator’s platform and drivetrain but has confirmed that it utilizes a twin-turbo engine complete with plug-in hybrid technology. While the Aviator is smaller than the Navigator, it doesn’t skimp on luxurious interior features and creature comforts.

Included in the show car are a 12-inch infotainment display with the Co-Pilot 360 suite of driver-assist technologies. The Aviator also includes an advanced suspension system that scans the road ahead of adjusts the ride accordingly.

When optioned solely with the aforementioned twin-turbo engine, the Aviator will be rear-wheel drive. If owners opt for the hybrid, an all-wheel drive system will funnel power to the ground.

Lincoln hopes that the new Aviator will prove more successful than the revived Continental which, despite its high-end interior, failed to ever sell in the numbers Ford would have wanted. Owing to the fact that it is an SUV, the Aviator could very well prove more popular than the Continental.

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  • no25

    Well, I sure hope so! This looks amazing. Lincoln finally has a winner. It looks much better than the Navigator too

  • lagunas3ca

    Nicer than any SUV Cadillac will ever produce.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Lol. Except Cadillac has sold millions of SUVs while Lincoln keeps talkimg about that oh-so-amazing future.

      The Aviator is a nice concept, but Lincoln has been a disaster in sales and has no global footprint like Cadillac does in China, etc. The Cadillac Escalade sales have always been amazing with hefty profit margins. The XT5 has also been a sales success.

    • matrem

      It seems Lincoln has clear focus, whereas Cadillac has no idea what it wants to be.

    • Status

      Reluctantly, I have to agree, at least for the near-term. To play the devils advocate, the current Escalade is already 4 years old, but if a facelift can’t wow me, then the only way to top the Aviator would be the 5th gen Escalade.

    • dumblikeyou2


      • Karl

        Troll much?

        • dumblikeyou2


      • Hot Twink

        Sixth? Can you count? The current Escalade is the fourth generation. So they will going to a fifth generation.

        The Escalade still uses a old live rear axle with an even more archaic Eaton auto-locking differential that was introduced on GM’s 1973 pickups.

        At least the Navigator is more advanced than that, with an independent rear axle and electronic e-lock locking differential.

        • MarkoS

          That is what he said wing nut. It has already been announced that the next Escalade will have a IRS and the differential is heavily updated, not really much to change or advance upon there anyway. Advanced is not always better.

          • Hot Twink

            No its not. He must have edited his comment, asshat. He wrote sixth.

            Also the differential is not heavily updated. Eaton hasn’t made any substantial improvements to its design since it’s introduction in the 70s.

            You can’t control when it locks (or unlocks) and when it does engage it only stays locked up to 25 mph. Above 25 and it unlocks and returns to a open state. It still requires 100 rpm difference in wheel speed (or more) before it will lock. Sometimes it still won’t lock.

            Because it’s purely mechanical, the electronic traction control system can’t be closely integrated or optimally calibrated.

            Eaton make all kinds of limited-slip and locking differential systems, including electronic locking differentials. So there is no reason for GM to still be using that old outdated unit, other than its dirt cheap.

            Ford’s electronic locking differential is superior in every way. The driver can manually lock or unlock it, it can stay locked up 65 mph in low range, and can be fully networked into the traction control system.

          • MarkoS

            And no Escalade owner will ever notice. The new Escalade will smash the Navigator. Now that Aviator however is a big problem for Caddy and many others.

          • SteersUright

            No it won’t. The latest Escalade has been a huge disappointment and sells in nowhere near the numbers it once did at its peak. Blame it on a tired and archaic truck architecture, tired powertrains, an unrefined ride, and a dated interior. If Cadillac is to pose any kind of a threat to the new Navigator and its beautiful interior it must one-up it in most every conceivable way. Only then will it get the people’s attention and deservedly so.

          • MarkoS

            Only 2002-2008 had higher sales numbers (trend high numbers,) 2016-2017 are the next 2 highest sales years in 2 decades of production. Cadillac will be prepared next gen.

  • MMNYC18

    This looks great! Nice work, team Lincoln!

  • ErnieB

    I’d take this over any of its competitors any day.. Lincoln has just been resurrected! Hopefully the new explorers will share similar looks— just hope they don’t use the ugly expedition’s interior!!

    • Moveon Libtards

      Looks great, but still a concept and no sales date. Let’s hope Ford doesnt screw it up like they usually do with Lincoln.

    • layer8pro

      Not too similar… Explorers looking too much like this would water down Lincoln’s progress…

  • They will sell lots of these…

  • TrevP

    Keep the quad exhaust!

    • Belthronding

      The best comment ever!

  • Moveon Libtards

    Meanwhile, poor Tesla just keeps collapsing…

    Tesla Tumbles After-Hours On Massive Model S Recall
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    by Tyler Durden
    Thu, 03/29/2018 – 18:30
    Sometimes it’s just not your week.

    On top of crashed cars, autonomous vehicle fatalities, production targets plunging, and ratings downgrades, Elon Musk’s car-making company is tumbling after-hours following reports of the recall of 123,000 Model S Sedans.

    AP reports that Tesla is recalling 123,000 sedans worldwide to fix a problem with the power-assisted steering.

    The recall covers all Model S sedans built before April of 2016.

    Three bolts holding the power steering motor in place can corrode and either come loose or break, possibly causing a loss of power steering. Manual steering would still work.

    Tesla says the problem happens infrequently in places where salt is used to clear snow and ice from roads. It’s recalling all the cars even in warm-weather states just in case.

    No crashes or injuries have been reported.

    Service centers will replace the bolts with ones that are more corrosion-resistant. Owners will be notified Thursday by email. Tesla says replacement parts will be available first in cold-weather areas, then in warmer climates.

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  • Autoexperte

    good decision

  • dumblikeyou2

    “Lincoln Says Production Aviator Will Look Just Like The Prototype”………which looks just like the real thing, Range Rover Sport.

    Not too tall an order when you steal everyone else’s design cues, Linc.

    • LJ


      • dumblikeyou2

        Double K.

    • Karl

      Troll much??

      • dumblikeyou2

        Deal with it, fanboy

    • Enter Ranting

      Except that the Lincoln will undoubtedly be more reliable than the Range Rover.

      • Six Thousand Times

        Low bar.

      • donald seymour

        Ouch! and double ouch for @Mister5000:disqus .

  • Dansk

    I’m really excited about this vehicle! Ive been liking the direction Lincoln has been going, I’ve been planning an SUV for my next vehicle and this is now the top of my list!


    Only the mirrors and quad exhaust will be ditched.

  • Harry_Wild

    The Continental and other luxury full size sedans buyers have to full and large size luxury SUV/crossover models. The Aviator will be my next new vehicle if it is priced close to that of the current Continental with base price of around $50K!

  • SgtBeavis

    I just can’t say enough about how much I like this. If I can get one for $50-60K I think I’ll be very seriously considering it when my Jag’s lease is up.

  • Bash

    This is good news, I mean the interior is even better than the latest descovery, or even some Range Rover. Here I go I said it.

    • Victor Ferreira

      I agree. Not to mention that – ironically – I trust Ford’s reliability way more than Land Rover. And I’m typically a GM guy.

      • Bash


      • Enter Ranting

        I trust the reliability of a Yugo that was found at the bottom of a lake more than that of a Range Rover.

  • BlackPegasus

    Yeah whatever. They said the same thing about the Continental and we got a watered down car you only see in Black Car Livery fleets. 😒

    • SteersUright

      I hope to Jesus that doesn’t happen again!! It would be a disaster for Lincoln. They showed a rear-drive concept and released it on a front-drive architecture. I believe they have really learned their lesson though, once they saw the sad sales numbers the new Continental posted.

    • donald seymour

      Hey, hey, let’s speak life over the situation. Let’s hope for the best.

  • CJKnox

    Two things that need to stay:

    1) Clear Tail – Lights
    2) Quad Exhaust


    A no-brainer decision.

  • Erzhik

    If it looks just like that and is priced accordingly ($65-$70k fully-loaded), then this will be a massive success. I’d be lying if I said I’m not interested.

    • SteersUright


  • Kash

    except it’ll be watered down just enough to obviously not be a concept vehicle yet still enough to resemble it, and once it and the Explorer are side by side it’ll look like the Explorer with a bodykit, just like every other Lincoln.

    • MarkoS

      Kash suddenly doesn’t like Lincoln? You were very defensive for the production Conti when it was released. I remember that.

      • Kash

        How so? I remember being very critical of the Conti, I remember being quite critical of the door handles specifically and making jokes about how in 5-6 years they’ll be major failures or with the facelift they’ll ditch them because people will complain about them not working properly, etc. as for the design and the rest of the car I’ve been quite critical of it and it’s FWD platform, the few I’ve been in were horrible when it came to the interior quality of things like stitching and materials. I also made several jokes about that hideous blue interior and how poorly it was done with the plastic, or what looked like plastic seat backs. I’m very critical of Lincoln in fact, I’ll admit they’re not my favorite brand and if it weren’t for the fact all their cars are Ford’s with body kits (more or less depending on the model) I’d like their design more, but beyond their design I’d never own a Lincoln where I’d gladly own another Cadillac, and probably will depending on how much better the CTS’s replacement or CT6 get, i.e. so long as either gets the Z06’s V8 like my CTS-V had I’d gladly buy another. Or if they crammed that V8 into the XT5, I’d be all over that.

        I did however defend how much the production version looked like the concept but then again, Lincoln’s concepts tend to be very close to production, albeit production is toned down, and like my above comment, all the pieces that make them look remotely conceptual are removed and replaced with versions that would meet safety standards and regulations but still close enough design wise the cars appear conceptual or journalists will say “Oh the car looks a lot like the concept” and eat it up for that. Basically Lincoln takes the production version, changes door handles, lights, mirrors, etc. calls the car a “concept previewing production” when really it’s not. They try to do what Lexus did with the LC and cash in on that kind of hype, the difference being Lexus built that car as a concept with no intent to build it so most of the car wasn’t really built to a production standard, i.e. safety, then they figured out a way to build it while sticking really close to the concept and meeting safety standards.

        • MarkoS

          Ok, sure you did….

          • Kash


        • donald seymour

          Really Kash? With the dissertation? Laugh out Loud.

          • Kash

            not everything can be answered in short statements.

  • Liam Paul

    looks like a land rover

    • getoffme

      Interior, yes.

  • Harry_Wild

    Start producing it….now! What are they waiting for! Making it while people like me are in “heat” to buy it! Otherwise, it something else down the “road” is equal or better, that lost sales for Lincoln!

    • SteersUright

      Couldn’t agree more. Automakers miss out so much by conducting these unfortunate late releases following the showing of a very popular concept or prototype. For example, by the time the Supra comes out, so many people will be over it and excited about something else in the pipeline. Same happened to the NSX.

  • john1168

    I have no doubt the production version will look just like the concept. I think the only things that will change are the side view mirrors and they will add DOT side reflectors.

  • TransitDave

    nice car.

  • SteersUright

    Very close? Why not exactly like it? What on this “prototype” is so hard to bring to the production model? There’s already other SUVs with 22’s from the factory and just as nice interiors. Dont cop out, Ford, bring this EXACT suv to the market as is and you can rest assured it will destroy the sales numbers put up by the sadly disappointing and homely Continental.
    Not to mention, special credit goes to the interior design team. Likely the nicest interior of ANY American car on sale today, if not most any other car for sale today period. Outside is also at once both modern yet restrained by a sense of classical elegance. One of the most exciting American vehicles to have been announced in years if not decades. Yeah, the Ford GT is cool an all, but its too unobtainium to be taken seriously.

  • getoffme

    This completely blows away Cadillac.

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