Lincoln’s mid-size luxury crossover will soon enter second production year and as you may presume, it won’t come with any significant novelties. Simply, this is still a quite fresh model, which came last year, based on the new Ford Explorer. Therefore, the best we could see for the next year are things like additions to the list of standard features. Other than that, the 2021 Lincoln Aviator won’t be much different compared to the current model.
This means you may count on a spacious and comfortable crossover, which offers plenty of space for passengers and also comes with two powerful engine options. The list of standard equipment is also pretty impressive, while we particularly like the infotainment system. Still, that doesn’t mean that Aviator is without weak points. Many rivals feel more athletic, while there are also competitors that look more opulent from the inside. In any case, we expect to see 2021 Lincoln Aviator in showrooms by the end of this summer.
2021 Lincoln Aviator Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2021 Lincoln Aviator will represent the second production year of the current generation. Therefore, it’s hard to expect any particular change. It will continue to ride on a new CD6 platform, which is particularly interesting because of an RWD layout, which is something you won’t get from other lower-grade premium crossovers, such as Acura MDX, Lexus RX etc. However, Japanese rivals somehow are more agile and feel more fun to drive.
When it comes to aesthetics, the new crossover features Lincoln’s latest design language, established with models like Navigator and Continental. We doubt the company will bring any particular change for the next year, though there is always a chance to see things like new color options and similar minor updates.
The inside of 2021 Lincoln Aviator shouldn’t be much different either. That’s not a bad thing at all, considering that the current cabin looks pretty good. The dashboard looks really amazing. It is simple and elegant, while the quality of materials is at an impressive level as well.
The overall amount of space is amazing as well, which is no wonder considering that this crossover measures over 119 inches in wheelbase. All three rows are spacious and can accommodate adults with ease. However, we don’t really like the design of seats, which could have been more massive. More support would be great too, so we can say this is the aspect where Aviator feels inferior compared to most rivals.
On the other side, visibility in all directions is very good, while the cargo volume is respectable as well. You may count on 18.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, 41.8 cubic feet with the third-row seats folded, and 77.7 cubic feet of the overall volume.
For the second production year, the best we could see are novelties in terms of new standard features. However, we don’t expect too much and most of the things should remain the same. Therefore, base models should carry on with tech goodies like tri-zone automatic climate control and the SYNC 3 infotainment system, which has a 10.1-inch touch screen, four USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 10-speaker audio system, and satellite radio. In higher trim levels, you can also get goodies like navigation, a panoramic sunroof, quad-zone automatic climate control, wireless device charging, Lincoln’s Phone As A Key, a 14-speaker Revel audio system, a 28-speaker Revel Ultima 3D audio system, HD Radio and many more.
When it comes to safety features, the list of standard equipment includes a rearview camera, MyKey, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist. Additionally, you can get a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, lane centering, evasive steering assist, parallel and perpendicular park assist, traffic sign recognition and many more.
2021 Lincoln Aviator Engine
Things under the hood will also remain the same. Therefore, you may count on a new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, which puts out around 400 horsepower. Driving dynamics are great, while the 10-speed automatic transmission does the job pretty well. Fuel economy is decent as well. You may count on about 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which are average numbers for the class.
There is also a plug-in hybrid version, which combines the V6 with an electric motor and delivers a total output of 494 horsepower and an impressive 630 pound-feet of torque.
2021 Lincoln Aviator Release Date and Price
Despite the lack of novelties, Lincoln won’t wait for the last quarter of the year to launch this model year. The latest reports suggest we will see it by the end of this summer. The price should also remain pretty much the same, which means around 52.000 dollars for base models.