New for 2019 — As if one large luxury utility vehicle with three rows of seats isn’t enough, Lincoln is launching another, a slightly smaller model that’s about 10 inches shorter than the Navigator. The Aviator (a name first given to a Ford Explorer-based Lincoln, 2003 to 2005) will use a new rear-wheel-drive platform with all-wheel-drive available. The rear-drive Aviator will use a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6, but the engine will also be a key component of an available plug-in hybrid system that will add an electric motor to each rear wheel. That should boost total output to somewhere in the 350-horsepower range, from 335 in non-hybrid models. Both RWD and AWD versions will use eight-speed automatic transmissions (note that details regarding the Aviator’s powertrains are speculative at this point). Aviator owners will be able to fully access all the vehicle’s portals and even start it up via a smart phone app (a backup key fob is included). People pampering will be paramount, with a range of seating, audio- and active-safety options either standard or available.

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