Aviator is the brand-new SUV in the lineup and the upcoming model is not bringing any big change. The mid-size vehicle is available with the conventional and the PHEV configuration, a lot of advanced equipment, and unique Black Label package. The interior is spacious and offers seven seating spots (optionally six seats). The SUV replaced the MKT model, since the company decided to leave the MK- nomenclature for its crossovers and SUVs. Besides the 2021 Lincoln Aviator, we will see more new Lincolns out there – Corsair, Nautilus… Navigator is still the flagship model.
Definitely, the special thing about the 2021 Lincoln Aviator is the PHEV configuration with nearly 500 horsepower. It is another step to the total electrification and the power output that can satisfy needs of even larger vehicles, including Navigator SUV or Ford Ranger truck. Even the base setup is pretty potent with 400 ponies. Still, some buyers are asking about the performance version. It is not likely to happen in 2021.
Since the changes on the upcoming Aviator are minor, the price will stay put. Fans can expect some new packages and the reshuffle of existing features will change the cost of higher trim levels.
Engines and Specs
The base configuration for the 2021 Lincoln Aviator includes a powerful V6 engine. A 3.0-liter displacement is paired with the twin-turbo system and a 10-speed automatic gearbox for a total output of 400 horsepower. This is more than enough for the luxury mid-size SUV. Rear-wheel drive is also standard, and the Aviator can also become the 4×4 drive.
Still, this is not something we cannot see every day. Some of Aviator’s rivals can produce a lot more power. So, in future, we could see a performance version of the SUV with more than 500 hp. At this point, the plug-in hybrid setup crunches 494 horsepower in the Grand Touring trim. Even with extra power, the Aviator Hybrid is going to return a better gas mileage. The standard setup makes 17/24 mpg with the 4WD, while the Grand Touring can do 23 mpg combined.
Why buy 2021 Lincoln Aviator?
The drivetrain lineup is the main reason why you should go after the 2021 Lincoln Aviator. Compared to other entry-level mid-size three-row SUVs in the market, a 3.0 V6 is more potent than most of them. Plus, there is the PHEV system with even more energy and torque. Plus, Lincoln will offer a few drive modes, so you can enhance the drive depending on needs and situation. Safety is at the highest level. Of course, the luxury SUV is going to deliver a lot of advanced systems and technology. One of them is the Smartphone as a Key feature. Using the app, you can start your ride before entering the vehicle.
The 2021 Aviator will be the stunning SUV right from the start, but it doesn’t go much further than that. German carmakers are starting slow, but their high-end models are breathtaking, including the AMG versions of Mercedes GLE, and the all-new BMW X5M. The room inside the cabin of Aviator is a bit tight, although the total cargo space is 78 cubic feet.
2021 Lincoln Aviator Price
One of the downsides of the 2021 Lincoln Aviator, for some buyers, is the price. The base version starts at $51,000, which is something we expect from any mid-size premium SUV. Non-luxury vehicles can cost $20,000 cheaper. However, you will miss a lot of advanced equipment, and for these upgrades, you will pay the same.
Reserve is the next trim level that adds $5,000 in features. Buyers of this version will get larger 20-inch wheels. Inside, the overall impression is getting a huge boost thanks to leather seats, premium Revel audio, and quad-zone climate control. The main upgrade for the Grand Touring is the hybrid engine. The package also comes with a few cosmetic modifications.
The top of the lineup version is the 2021 Lincoln Aviator Black Label. It is available both with the standard units and the PHEV system (Grand Touring Black Label). Wheels are becoming even larger and the Revel upgrades the audio system with more speakers. Still, the highlight of the Black Label package is the themed interior. Buyers can pick three unique themes – Flight, Chalet, and Destination. The first one is created for the mid-size SUV, while the other two are used on other Lincoln vehicles. The price of the heavily-loaded Black Label edition is over $90,000.
The entry-level model of the new 2021 Lincoln Aviator will be stunning. However, if Ford wants to keep up with German carmakers, it will need some stunning high-end versions. Mercedes and BMW vehicles end up in a six-digit price realm, so as Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport. The new Infiniti QX60 is on the way as well. The best-selling SUV in the segment is Lexus RX and we doubt any of the abovementioned vehicles can overtake this position from Toyota’s premium model.