The second-gen Aviator SUV is ready for the mid-cycle update. And according to spy photos, this will be something to talk about. Heavy camo suggests many design changes. But, panels are hiding details, so all we can do is to guess. At least we know the size doesn’t change. Bosses were happy to share that the new 2024 Lincoln Aviator is coming out with advanced technology. The focus is on the integration of Google tech and services, as well as the hands-free driving system.
Although we already know many things about the upcoming vehicle, there are plenty of details to be unveiled at the premiere (or before, if we’re lucky). For example, the Black Label could bring new themes. The high-end grade comes with a distinctive interior, but it is becoming boring to see the same layouts every year. Under the bonnet, we don’t expect big modifications. There are turbocharged V6 with 400 hp, and a mighty PHEV system with nearly 500 ponies. The Sport Touring setup is also available with the Black Label grade as the top of the lineup build.
2024 Lincoln Aviator Mid-Cycle Redesign
There are panels on the test mules, but it is obvious that Ford and Lincoln are trying to unveil some details to talk about them. It will prepare the pitch for the new 2024 Lincoln Aviator. Prototypes are using the new mesh grille and the interesting addition is the new bar that connects two headlamps. Well, we could see this solution on the Zephyr SUV, sold exclusively in China. It is something new for the US market. The rear end was covered more successfully. We also expect changes there, but there are no signs of how the tail will look like. Lights and bumper should be revisited.
The rest of the SUV seems to be pretty much the same. The 2024 Lincoln Aviator belongs to the mid-size class with an overall length of 199.4 inches. We can say that a full-size class starts just over 200 inches. If you need a larger SUV, there is the legendary Navigator.
Interior Details Spied
The cabin will also be heavily changed, like the front fascia. On the test mules, we saw a huge infotainment screen, bigger than the current one (10 inches). Experts say that Google builds a new system. However, this can’t be told from spy shots. Rumors are being derived from the previous announcement of the Google-Ford partnership. All the services (Maps, Navigation, Assistant, Play Store) will be easier to access and use.
The dashboard and central console don’t bring a fresh look. But, the company will also add more systems across the trim levels. The most interesting option should be the ActiveGlide. This semi-autonomous drive system is hands-free and a response to the GM’s Super Cruise and Ultra Cruise packages. The 2024 Lincoln Aviator will introduce an improved version of the ActiveGlide than the one Navigator and Corsair are currently using.
2024 Lincoln Aviator Specs, Grand Touring PHEV
While there are plenty of changes the mid-cycle refresh is bringing, the situation under the hood remains the same. Engineers won’t have too much work to do on improving the 2024 Lincoln Aviator.
That means the base powertrain is a turbocharged V6 with 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission that shifts power to rear wheels. Such a configuration returns 18/26 mpg. A slightly lighter and more aesthetic Aviator can bring better mileage. An all-wheel drive is optional. In this case, the consumption is higher. The good thing – the engine works fine with regular gas.
The 2024 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring is the plug-in hybrid version. The same 3.0-l V6 is the petrol unit, enhanced by electric motors. Outputs jump to 494 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque. You can also drive the SUV by using only an electric source of power and the range is 21 miles. Not a bad outcome for the big rig. When you use gas, the combined mileage is 23 mpg. Recharging batteries takes 3.5 hours on home outlets. Ford and Lincoln could improve the recharge system already for the 2024 Aviator.
Since the new version is on the way, we can expect updated prices. The 2024 Lincoln Aviator won’t show up in the next few months. But, test mules indicate the SUV is in the final stages of development. The mid-size luxury model will start above $55,000 after the redesign. Standard, Reserve and Black Label are grades for the V6 petrol engine. The mid-range offer is around $60k, while the premium features will cost you more than $85,000. If you want a hybrid engine, you will need to add $10,000. So, with a few optional packages, the Grand Touring Black Label might swim into a six-digit price waters. That is the realm inhabited by full-size premium SUVs, such as Navigator, Cadillac Escalade, BMW X7…