2021 Lincoln Aviator Preview: Changes, Specs, Price

Lincoln’s largest crossover is entering the second production year and as you presume, there are no bigger changes for the 2021 Lincoln Aviator. As we are talking about a brand-new model that debuted a year ago, it seems logical that changes are mostly in terms of new features. Each trim level comes with a couple of novelties. On the other side, the overall design remains the same.

This means you may count on a spacious and very potent mid-size crossover. It comes with three rows of seats and fully loaded with features. Of course, a great thing is that you have a choice between powerful twin-turbo V6 and even more capable PHEV version. Driving dynamics are great, while we particularly like the fact that the model features an RWD layout, which isn’t the case with most premium crossovers at this price range. The 2021 Lincoln Aviator release date should be scheduled for the last quarter of the year.

2021 Lincoln Aviator

2021 Lincoln Aviator Changes

When it comes to the 2021 Lincoln Aviator changes, you won’t see many novelties. As we’ve just mentioned, most of them are in terms of new features. Each trim level comes with a couple of novelties. For example, the Reserve trim receives a panoramic sunroof, while the hi-end Black Label trims gains soft-close doors. Also, the Elements package now includes heated and ventilated front seats.

Besides more standard features, we should also mention that there are new wheels designs in the offer, there are new wheel designs with 21 and 22 inches in diameter, as well as a palette of new color options. It includes finishes like Asher Gray, Ocean Drive Blue, and Flight Blue. Finally, there is a new appearance package, called Monochromatic Reserve.

Lincoln Aviator rear

2021 Lincoln Aviator Design

Other than the aforementioned changes, the next year won’t bring anything particular. So, we will start this 2021 Lincoln Aviator review with the most basic design characteristics, such as a platform. This model rides on a new CD6 platform, the same one that underprints the new Explorer. Moreover, the two models share most of the mechanics, though the Aviator comes with a different, significantly upgraded suspension setup.

On the other side, the aesthetical aspect is completely different and the Aviator follows the brand’s new design language, established by the Navigator, pretty much entirely. This SUV looks elegant and doesn’t come with any radical design solution, which guarantees it will remain fresh-looking for years.


The same thing goes for interior design. We won’t see any particular change for the next year, but that shouldn’t worry you at all, considering that the current cabin looks very good. The dashboard combines classic aesthetical solutions with hi-quality materials.

With more than 119 inches in wheelbase, it’s obvious that you may count on lots of passenger space. Adults can accommodate comfortably in all three rows. The cargo area is also pretty spacious for the class. You may count on about 18.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, 41.8 cubic feet with the third-row seats folded, and 77.7 cubic feet of the overall cargo space. Those are numbers that you won’t get from many other mid-size luxury SUVs.

Aviator Interior


As we’ve already mentioned, pretty much each trim level will come with a couple of additions to the list of standard equipment. Still, most of the things will remain untouched. So, base models will carry on with tech goodies like tri-zone automatic climate control and the SYNC 3 infotainment system, which has a 10.1-inch touch screen, four USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 10-speaker audio system, and satellite radio. In higher trim levels, you may also count on goodies like a panoramic sunroof, quad-zone automatic climate control, wireless device charging, Lincoln’s Phone As A Key, a 14-speaker Revel audio system, a 28-speaker Revel Ultima 3D audio system, HD Radio, navigation, and two additional USB ports.

2021 Lincoln Aviator Engines

Under the hood, things will definitely remain the same. Base models will carry on with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, which puts out around 400 horsepower. Driving dynamics are great, while the 10-speed automatic transmission does the job pretty well. It returns around 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

There is also a plug-in hybrid version in the offer, which uses the same V6 engine but gets big help from electric power. So, the max output goes all-away up to 494 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque.

2021 Lincoln Aviator Release Date and Price

Given the lack of changes, we presume that the 2021 Lincoln Aviator will hit the market sometime late in the year. Base models will go around 52.000 dollars. When it comes to the competition, some of the names we should mention are models like Acura MDX, Genesis GV90, Audi Q7, Volvo XC90 etc.

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