Lincoln has officially turned up the luxury in its segment at this year’s LA Auto Show. The Ford-subsidiary on Tuesday unveiled its new luxury SUV, Aviator that will now put up a fight against the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLE, Audi Q7, BMW X5 and the Volvo XC90.
The SUV sports a three-row configuration and will be offered with a rear- as well as an all-wheel-drive powertrain. Lincoln has also offered the SUV with an electric-hybrid system along with cutting-edge tech offering such as an air suspension with predictive adaptive dampers, and new safety assistance.
The SUV will be offered with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine that it estimates to deliver close to 400bhp and 610Nm of torque. Apart from that, Lincoln will also be offering the SUV in a Grand Touring variant that will be offered as a performance-oriented PHEV. The company claims that with the hybrid powertrain, the SUV will be the most powerful model in its line-up with at least 450bhp of power and 813Nm of torque.
Details about the electric powertrain are limited. However, we know that the electric motors are placed in the transmission cabinet, between the engine and the transmission. The lithium-ion battery, as we know, is located on the floor of the of the passenger side, conserving much of the boot space. A 10-speed automatic transmission will be offered across all the models.
Other features on the car include three riding modes viz, Aviator, Conserve, Slippery and Deep Conditions drive modes. However, what caught our attention is the Excite mode that lowers the ride height to increase the downforce during high-speeds.