The 2021 Lincoln Aviator might take over the leading position in the lineup. The mid-size segment is quite popular now, while the fullsize Navigator is very expensive and doesn’t offer too much more of anything. Lincoln replaced all its MK- crossovers and SUVs. New names will make them more recognizable. Since the Aviator is new, we will see pretty much the same from this vehicle. The Interior and exterior are not taking any changes. Trim packages are the same, with the Black Label topping the lineup. You can find conventional and hybrid drivetrain. More than a good start for the comeback after 15 years.
Changes on the 2021 Lincoln Aviator will be modest. The SUV was introduced last year with a whole lot of load. We don’t have an idea of what could be added for the upcoming version. The luxury vehicle already comes with a high-output hybrid unit and heavily-loaded Black Label version. Maybe an off-road specialist or a trim more affordable to buyers could be a nice addition.
2021 Lincoln Aviator Specs, Hybrid Engine
A pair of drivetrains remains the choice. A high-output V6 and a hybrid unit for upper trim levels are power sources you can choose. Some fans were eager to see a V8, but this is not going to happen. If you need more power, there is Navigator with a twin-turbo 3.5-liter powerplant and 450 hp.
The base version of the SUV is coming with a 3.0-liter displacement and 400 hp. The 2021 Lincoln Aviator will also gain 415 lb-ft. The downside of the huge vehicle is a poor fuel economy. Even the V6 can’t fix that since SUV returns only 21 mpg combined. Buyers can shift power from rear to all wheels. In this case, the mileage drops to 20 mpg average. A 10-speed automatic transmission is a power router. The SUV needs 5.5 seconds for a 0-60 mph sprint. Properly equipped, it tows up to 6,700 pounds with a 3.0-liter engine.
A hybrid drivetrain was a surprise for the new Aviator. Ford, the parent company, made also its Explorer available, but with lighter outputs. For the non-premium vehicle, the engine is good for 365 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. The 2021 Lincoln Aviator PHEV is enhancing a twin-turbo drivetrain with a PHEV configuration for the total of 495 hp and incredible amount of torque – 630 lb-ft. Available only with an all-wheel drive, the hybrid SUV loses some towing potential, with the capacity dropping to 5,600 pounds. If you want the PHEV engine, you will have to pay extra, since only highest trims will offer this kind of a drivetrain.
Models and Interior
There are four trim levels available for the 2021 Lincoln Aviator. The luxury midsize SUV is using a powerful engine and premium features to bring the best things to its buyers. The Standard package is equipped with a 3-zone air-conditioning and CoPilot360 safety. 19-inch wheels are also there and these will grow to 20-inches if the Reserve model is chosen. Another zone is added to climate control. The infotainment system is getting a boost from Revel audio. Quality leather covers seats.
The 2021 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring is the special edition, available only with a hybrid configuration. Adaptive steering and regenerative braking are also advanced systems that come with the PHEV engine. Of course, there are a few other cool upgrades inside and outside.
2021 Lincoln Aviator Black Label
Still, top of the lineup version is the 2021 Lincoln Aviator Black Label. This one is the only one that comes with both drivetrain options. However, its features and luxurious impression are beating the powerhouses roaring under the bonnet. Some of the things buyers are getting from the Black Label are super-premium audio system with 28 speakers, 22-inch wheels, and advanced CoPilot360 Plus safety. The PHEV version comes with smaller rims and air suspension. There are three themes inside the cabin. Chalet and Destination are already part of the Navigator’s lineup, while the Flight is exclusive for the Aviator.
Release Date and Price
Since there are no changes on the new model, the 2021 Lincoln Aviator will come without a big show to follow the premiere. Still, modest changes require attention. The release date is not announced yet, and the midsize luxury SUV might be the first to appear when the COVID-19 pandemic ends and the automotive industry starts recovering.
The base price of the SUV is above $50,000. If you want a hybrid engine, you will have to pay nearly $20,000 more, while the heavily-loaded Black Label exceeds $90,000 mark. Still, this is not more than Mercedes GLE with the AMG package, or the famous M lineup of the BMW X6.
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