Lincoln is bringing back the Aviator name on a new three-row SUV that owes its name to the past, but telegraphs the future of Lincoln. It will offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain and have a new rear-wheel-drive platform. Lincoln last offered the Aviator from the 2003 to 2005 model years as a body-on-frame SUV. This time around, the Aviator will ride on the automaker’s all-new and much anticipated rear-wheel-drive platform shared with the next-generation Explorer, but the two will look nothing alike. The Aviator will be tapered with a fast-fall roofline and sculpted sides to mimic a bird in flight. The grille design has been refined and will be more upright. The concept will ride on 22-inch wheels and will be the design that best personifies the evolution of the brand. It was designed for all-wheel drive but will be flexible enough to accommodate front-wheel drive.

Inside, there will be a new steering wheel, a 30-way adjustable driver’s seat with an improved massage, and a 12-inch standard cluster display. The Aviator will feature a single flowing cockpit with a large flow-through storage area under the center stack. The front armrest will feature wireless phone charging near a bin to store phones and other devices. There will be multiple power outlets located throughout the cabin and standard Wi-Fi. The Aviator will be offered with a twin-turbocharged engine, and it will be coming next year to Springfield Ford Lincoln in Springfield, PA.

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