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2020 Lincoln Aviator - New Lincoln Aviator Luxury SUV Introduce

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The Navigator fired a clear warning shot in the direction of Cadillac’s Escalade. Now with the 2020 Aviator, Lincoln’s taking down the Caddy XT6 before that luxury SUV can find any blue sky of its own.

Both the Aviator and XT6 are three-row luxury SUVs that share some bits with other vehicles in the family, but rise above their kin in specific ways. Both have stiff entry prices, blingy trim by the foot, a plethora of touch-sensitive techno goodies. The Aviator’s stronger in just about every way—so strong, we give it 7.0 out of 10 in The Car Connection’s full review.

The Aviator throws down trump cards with just about every deal. It’s up on the XT6 by some 90 horsepower, has a more technologically capable suspension, an interior that practically scolds that in the Cadillac—it’s that good—and a plug-in hybrid model that doesn’t really do much except steal mindshare, a nonzero part of today’s luxury-SUV equation.

The Aviator’s that good. It’s not perfect.
2020 Aviator design: Chalet, you stay

The Aviator wears its strongest suit. With crisp lines hemmed in by dashing dashes of bright metal, the 2020 Aviator plays with the Navigator’s luxury bona fides on its shorter, lower body.

The Aviator looks like a love letter to the ‘60s, with its high front end, massive mesh grille, and the flourishes of chrome and jewelry that stand in for big cufflinks and wide lapels. The Lincoln star lights up in LED sync with LED headlights underscored with more LEDs, in case you like LEDs. The headlights themselves have an eye-catching jog in their shape, an old Ian Callum trick applied to Jaguars of the last generation. The fender vents create shelves for the side mirrors. The massive drape of the roofline ends with a subtle arrangement of horizontal bands and lights that counteracts all the bougie bits up front.

Inside the Aviator settles into a swank rectangular motif: in the air vents that stud a band that gives the dash a real spine, in the shape of the seatbacks that can be embroidered with lovely quilting, in the ratio of the 10.1-inch touchscreen that stands at attention on the dash. It’s a neat feat to fashion a modern look from throwback cues; where the Aviator does it best is in its Black Label trims, which pair black and tan in a Flight combination, or wood and red leather in a Destination duo—or in the sybaritic silver-wood and white-leather look called Chalet; you stay.

The XT6 looks forlorn by comparison; the Benz GLE and Kia Telluride look concerned.
2020 Aviator performance: twin turbos and road-sensing cameras

The 2020 Aviator picks up where past versions left off. It’s a platform-mate with the new Ford Explorer, though its suspension and powertrain differ considerably. The Aviator gets a twin-turbo V-6 also found in the Explorer; here the 3.0-liter unit’s rated at 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque, good if not eye-flattening power for a vehicle that weighs 4,774 pounds at a minimum. The V-6 moans at full bore, but rattles off excellent low-end power through the 10-speed automatic that gets fidgety in the Mustang but feels very well tuned here, though the Aviator’s plastic shift paddles register as an afterthought, with no cool-metal touch to invite the senses. Lincoln offers no 0-60 mph estimates, so we’ll give you ours: 7.0 seconds.

Dialed through the Aviator’s extravagantly named drive modes—there’s Conserve for economy mode, Excite for sporty driving and…Normal—the Aviator’s air springs lowered the vehicle as speeds rose, the dampers tightened up in concert with the steering, and all felt sharp until the road went into a series of undulating 45-degree turns. There, the Aviator’s heft and its particular combination of big wheels and electro-pneumo add-ons got their signals scrambled, setting up a diagonal pitching motion while still delivering small impacts into the cabin, constantly modulating its responses. When the road opened up again, the Aviator relaxed back into a casual, affable ride. Who drives a $75,000 luxury SUV quickly down tight two-lane country roads, anyway, you ask? Cayenne and X5 drivers, if that’s important.
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