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Los Angeles 2018: Lincoln Aviator SUV to debut as production version

The concept version of the new Aviator SUV that Lincoln unveiled earlier this year was already fairly close to production-ready. Now the automaker has confirmed that the production version will make its public debut later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Aviator marks the debut of Ford-Lincoln’s new platform, which will also underpin the next generation of the Explorer SUV from Ford. This platform is designed to accommodate front-wheel, rear-wheel and all-wheel drive systems, although the new Aviator itself will be equipped with rear-wheel drive.

We still don’t know what the power output of the Aviator’s engine will be, though it’s sure that it will feature a twin turbocharger. And as can be seen in the accompanying photo gallery, Lincoln also plans to introduce a hybrid-powered version of the SUV; that won’t happen right away, however.

The interior will feature the same 30-way power adjustable seats found in Lincoln’s Navigator and Continental models, a 12-inch display screen for the instrumentation, WiFi and several charging ports. The Aviator also inherits as standard equipment Lincoln’s Co-Pilot360 suite of safety and drive-assist systems.

Another interesting feature Lincoln has confirmed is the presence of different alert sounds to warn drivers of things like an open fuel door or seat belts not latched, recorded by musicians with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. A nice touch, that…

The official debut of the Aviator is set for November 28 at the Los Angeles show, and the model is expected to hit the market in 2019, probably in the second half of the year.

Photos:Lincoln
Photos of the Lincoln Aviator concept