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.