Lincoln Records Symphonic Orchestral Chimes For New Aviator

Sound plays a huge role in developing a new car or truck, and to enjoying it once it’s out on the road. Not just the sound the engine makes, but how quiet it is inside – and in the case of the forthcoming new Lincoln Aviator, to what chimes it uses to alert its driver.

To get the sound just right, Ford’s luxury division solicited the services of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The classical musicians recorded hundreds of musical combinations of percussion, violin, and viola, and Lincoln narrowed them down to six that will permeate the cabin of the new crossover.

“Aviator represents the true vision of the Lincoln brand,” said Lincoln design director David Woodhouse. “With a look this striking, we needed to have sounds that matched the beauty of this vehicle.”

Since the vehicle hasn’t been revealed yet – only shown in concept form thus far – they used a Continental sedan to try out the new sounds. Now that the project is complete, the innovative chimes will be used for 25 of the vehicle’s features, alerting the driver of everything from an open fuel door to an unlatched seatbelt. And they’ll be head at three levels of urgency, from non-critical to high-alert.

“This is quite a departure for us – introducing music into the informational chime world,” added Lincoln’s vehicle harmony engineer Jennifer Prescott. “But we’re always thinking about luxury, and this was a way to take Lincoln to an even higher level.”

Lincoln is preparing to unveil the new three-row Aviator crossover at the LA Auto Show at the end of this month – complete with the new chimes. After that, they’ll be used on other models until they’ve extended to the entire Lincoln lineup.

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  • Mike anonymous

    I personally considered Lincolns vehicles such as the MKZ, Continental, & Navigator, to be somewhat of ‘transitional’ vehicles. A Transition from the Lincoln of old to the Lincoln of tomorrow.

    We are going to be receiving the next generation Continental around 2020 (and it should be more in-line to compete with the likes of the S-Class or higher from Mercedes Benz). We will also be getting a replacement to the MKC, as well as the return of the Lincoln Zephyr.

    Whilst I personally consider the current MKZ, Continental, & Navigator ‘transitional’ vehicles,.. this new Aviator seems to me to be, the the very first of Lincolns (truly) ‘Next generation’ vehicles. Just it’s styling, the materials, everything about it, just seems to be a class above anything else they are making currently (and more on par with what they’ve been stating is going to be coming from the brand) with the consideration that this is not a concept vehicle and is actually was pre-production prototype.

    If you ask me, this Lincoln Aviator is the first of Lincolns next generation vehicles, and a lot of what we will see in those vehicles (the foundation work) is being done here…. Excellent Job Lincoln. Excellent Job.

  • LJ

    Aren’t those pictures of the production version?

    • Merc1



      • LJ

        I’m guessing the production version will be identical aside from more practical sideview mirror housings.

  • TheBelltower

    Seems gimmicky. But I have no issue with Lincoln upping the sophistication levels of their vehicles. The typical Ford chimes are just awful. Hopefully they will do something about that crude sounding “HONK” when locking the doors when you get out.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    This is really cool. Lincoln’s classing up again.

    Can’t wait to see what these new Lincolns got.

  • Bo Hanan

    Just want to know how much of a price hike this added.


  • SteersUright

    This is shaping up to be the most impressive Lincoln in years, far more so than the lame duck Navigator and Continental. I hope they dont cut corners like they did with the other two, and it proves to be every bit as good as it looks.

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