Those with a Lincoln MKT parked in their driveways have probably already set their eyes on the Aviator. The company’s new family SUV has entered the highly competitive luxury mid-size segment with an assortment of novelties for the brand and a new design that makes it a head-turner.
You may want to tick some boxes on the options list, like the Phone As A Key, which turns your smartphone into a digital key fob, and Adaptive Suspension with Road Preview. The latter uses a camera to scan the road and check for deviations, while the sensors adjust the suspension in a few fractions of a second, making it as soft or as stiff as possible, according to the road surface.
The Aviator thus provides a great balance between sportiness and comfort. Enhancing the experience on the open road is the new plug-in hybrid powertrain in the Grand Touring, which uses the 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V6 found in the lesser model and pairs it to an electric motor and a 13.6 kWh battery. The whole assembly develops 494 HP and 630 lb-ft (854 Nm) of torque, whereas the battery pack improves the overall efficiency and provides an electric range of around 20 miles (32 km).
Inside, drivers will find themselves behind a 12-inch digital cockpit, which is located next to the 10-inch infotainment touchscreen display. Leather covers most surfaces and even the center console has a very nice finish. The front seats are comfortable and supportive and, overall, the interior provides an extremely satisfying experience.
The Aviator has an MSRP of $51,100, whereas the most affordable Grand Touring PHEV comes from $68,800. Choose the Black Label and see that climb to $77,695 before destination charges and options, whereas the model reviewed in the video below costs a cool $88,000.