Watch out Audi and Porsche: Lincoln Promises the Aviator Will Be Almost Identical to the Prototype Shown in New York
Lincoln’s giving the people what it wantsby Kirby Garlitos, on
The Lincoln Aviator turned a lot of heads at the 2018 New York Auto Show. Actually, it did more than turn heads. It brought life back to a brand that has struggled to keep pace with its European rivals. Now, there’s more good news coming out of Lincoln. According to a high-ranking official from the company, the production version of the Aviator will look a lot like the concept version that was unveiled in New York.
Lincoln Aviator: From Prototype to Production Model
The production version of the Aviator will be almost identical to the show car that was displayed in New York.
If you saw the Lincoln Aviator at the 2018 New York Auto Show, you know that this development is great news for the brand. The SUV was a showstopper at the event, in part because of its massive size relative to everything else that was there. It commanded attention in a positive way, jolting some much-needed buzz in Lincoln’s booth.
As it turns out, the showpiece Aviator is more than just a concept vehicle. According to Lincoln design boss David Woodhouse, the production version of the Aviator will be almost identical to the show car that was displayed in New York. Woodhouse didn’t dive into the details, but he did confirm the close proximity of the production model’s design with the concept version that was on display at the show. If this ends up being true, we can expect a lot of eyes to be on Lincoln and how it transitions the design of the concept version to the production model.
The chiseled and masculine styling of the SUV should remain intact
It’ll also be interesting to see if Lincoln also adapts some styling cues from the Nautilus SUV that it unveiled in Los Angeles late last year. Our hope is that the company can take the concept version and keep its design largely intact, while also sprinkling in a few styling nods attributed to the Nautilus for the sake of consistency. The chiseled and masculine styling of the SUV should remain intact, largely because those are the defining physical characteristics of the vehicle. Say what you will about the soft, flowing lines around the SUV, but it’s the vehicle’s muscular stance that really set it apart in New York. However Lincoln plays this, we’re expecting the production version of the Aviator to blow us away in more ways than one.
the Aviator is based on a new rear-wheel-drive platform that can accommodate a twin-turbo engine and plug-in hybrid technology.
Unfortunately, Woodhouse didn’t elaborate on other important elements of the production Aviator, specifically its drivetrain and platform. We do know that the SUV is based on a new rear-wheel-drive platform that can accommodate a twin-turbo engine and plug-in hybrid technology. The concept version did have a biturbo V-6 engine and an electric motor that formed a plug-in hybrid system that Lincoln claimed would be “more powerful” than many supercars today.
With so much hype surrounding it, let’s all hope that the production Lincoln Aviator lives up to all of it.
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Source: Road & Track