600 pound-feet of torque!

Lincoln launched its first hybrid car, the MKZ Hybrid, in 2011, but it took the luxury brand another seven years to develop a plug-in SUV. The electrified hauler arrived at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show as part of the Aviator lineup, which will replace the MKT. And it’s impressively powerful with 450 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque on tap.

What Motivates the SUV?

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator, Lincoln's First Hybrid SUV, Is Impressively Powerful
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Just like the regular Aviator, the hybrid model hides a 3.0-liter V-6 gasoline engine under the hood. But, it also features an electric motor placed between the engine and the 10-speed automatic transmission. A battery pack is hidden under the seats, between the front and rear wheels. Power travels to all four corners, obviously.

Speaking of which, the wheels transfer no less than 450 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque to the ground.

That’s an extra 50 horses and a 200 pound-feet compared to the gasoline-only Aviator.

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator, Lincoln's First Hybrid SUV, Is Impressively Powerful
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Compared to the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid, the Aviator plug-in misses six horsepower but generates an extra 84 pound-feet. And, while it falls behind the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid by more than 200 horsepower, it comes only 27 pound-feet shy of the German SUV. Not bad for an initial effort, right?

Lincoln has yet to reveal fuel economy figures, but it should be the company's most efficient SUV to date.

The Aviator can be driven in pure electric mode too, but Lincoln did not release electric range estimates yet.

Until we find out more, the really good news is that the plug-in hybrid system is a modular one, so we should find it in other Ford and Lincoln vehicles in the near future.

Further Reading

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