Lincoln’s “MK” naming strategy is a total disaster without any doubt, but you will never hear that officially from the car manufacturer. Instead, they will try to get rid of the worst “MK” models in the next several years. According to Caranddriver.com, the first that will be “beheaded” will be the slow-selling MKT crossover. Instead, they will reintroduce the 2019 Lincoln Aviator. In case you don’t remember, this nameplate was on the market for only two years (2003-2005), but now the crossover is coming back with new styling, yet old habits.
The 2019 Aviator will once again have a lot in common with Ford’s Explorer. However, this time, Lincoln’s SUV will run the show. The all-new Explorer is scheduled to will arrive in early 2018, while the Aviator should make in the same year, yet a bit later. These two will likely share the same underpinning. It’s so called D6 platform, which will make some revolutionary changes. Except it will make both SUVs very light the architecture is adjustable to front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive. Truly amazing!
We can’t say anything precise regarding the exterior styling at the moment. After all, we haven’t seen the prototype yet. However, we think it will be a terrific mixture of the new generation Explorer and the upcoming 2018 Navigator SUV. In any case, the 2019 Lincoln Aviator will be the more glamorous option than Ford’s mid-size crossover, so it should be more expensive as well.
Under the hood, the new high-riding car from Lincoln will probably offer several amazing options. Our insider claims that the base model is getting a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, which is gonna deliver around 290 horsepower. In the middle, the SUV will offer a 2.7-litet twin-turbo with 325 hp, while the range-topping model should get Raptor’s 3.5-litter mill that will be reduced on 400 horsepower. The engines will be paired to a standard 6-speed auto gearbox, but you will be able to choose the optional 10-speed auto transmission as well.