The 2020 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid Will Be More Powerful Than The Cadillac Escalade

2020 Lincoln Aviator plug-in hybrid mid-sized SUV

2020 Lincoln Aviator plug-in hybrid will pack more power than the 6.2-liter V8 Cadillac Escalade

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Lincoln officially unveiled the 2020 Aviator plug-in hybrid at last year’s L.A. Auto Show and with it the announcement of a welcome dose of power. At the show, Lincoln claimed the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, battery pack and electric motor would pump out a combined 450 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, which aren’t show-stopping numbers these days, but impressive nonetheless, especially for Lincoln. Those figures are also false. Apparently Lincoln was sandbagging a bit in the original claim because, as Car Buzz pointed out, the official spec sheet released this week promises a significantly greater 494 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque. 

To put the Aviator plug-in hybrid’s new-found output into perspective, that’s 74 more horses and 100 more lb-ft than you’ll get from the Cadillac Escalade's 6.2-liter V8. And considering the Aviator is a weight class below it, you can bet the Lincoln will beat the Cadillac big rig getting up to speed on the highway as well. There isn't an official zero to 60mph time, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Aviator gets it done in under five seconds.

With that said, power isn’t everything and nowhere is that truer than in the luxury space going into 2020. Shaving tenths off zero to 60mph sprints and lap times don’t matter if the ride quality is garbage and the in-cabin experience is anything less than spectacular. In this respect, Lincoln may have found its stride again. 

The Continental of the ‘60s is unarguably one of the greatest automotive icons of all time. When Lincoln tried to evoke that historic spirit in 2016 with the current generation Continental, it missed the mark slightly, but it was clear Ford’s luxury brand was on to something. Then, the new Navigator broke cover in 2017 and set a new bar for American luxury, focusing on the driver experience and interior quality rather than worrying how fast it could circle the Nürburgring. Lincoln spent seven years and used a team of no less than 20 engineers just to develop the Navigator’s driver ‘s seat

However, with Aviator plug-in hybrid’s starting price of $69,895, you should expect a power plant with enough shove to get out of its own way, and rightly so. With a firm grasp on interior refinement, it seems Lincoln is moving down the to-do list and is now adding some much-needed power, making its vehicles more well-rounded. While Cadillac spread itself thin chasing the Germans in both luxury and on-track performance, Lincoln focused on the quality of life inside the cabin and in doing so, taking the torch for American luxury vehicles. If it can successfully transfer the Navigator’s strong suits to the Aviator in addition to the new engine worthy of the luxury segment, there’s no reason to doubt Lincoln will enjoy a second renaissance over the next few years.

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Lincoln officially unveiled the 2020 Aviator plug-in hybrid at last year’s L.A. Auto Show and with it the announcement of a welcome dose of power. At the show, Lincoln claimed the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, battery pack and electric motor would pump out a combined 450 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, which aren’t show-stopping numbers these days, but impressive nonetheless, especially for Lincoln. Those figures are also false. Apparently Lincoln was sandbagging a bit in the original claim because, as Car Buzz pointed out, the official spec sheet released this week promises a significantly greater 494 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque. 

To put the Aviator plug-in hybrid’s new-found output into perspective, that’s 74 more horses and 100 more lb-ft than you’ll get from the Cadillac Escalade's 6.2-liter V8. And considering the Aviator is a weight class below it, you can bet the Lincoln will beat the Cadillac big rig getting up to speed on the highway as well. There isn't an official zero to 60mph time, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Aviator gets it done in under five seconds.

With that said, power isn’t everything and nowhere is that truer than in the luxury space going into 2020. Shaving tenths off zero to 60mph sprints and lap times don’t matter if the ride quality is garbage and the in-cabin experience is anything less than spectacular. In this respect, Lincoln may have found its stride again. 

The Continental of the ‘60s is unarguably one of the greatest automotive icons of all time. When Lincoln tried to evoke that historic spirit in 2016 with the current generation Continental, it missed the mark slightly, but it was clear Ford’s luxury brand was on to something. Then, the new Navigator broke cover in 2017 and set a new bar for American luxury, focusing on the driver experience and interior quality rather than worrying how fast it could circle the Nürburgring. Lincoln spent seven years and used a team of no less than 20 engineers just to develop the Navigator’s driver ‘s seat

However, with Aviator plug-in hybrid’s starting price of $69,895, you should expect a power plant with enough shove to get out of its own way, and rightly so. With a firm grasp on interior refinement, it seems Lincoln is moving down the to-do list and is now adding some much-needed power, making its vehicles more well-rounded. While Cadillac spread itself thin chasing the Germans in both luxury and on-track performance, Lincoln focused on the quality of life inside the cabin and in doing so, taking the torch for American luxury vehicles. If it can successfully transfer the Navigator’s strong suits to the Aviator in addition to the new engine worthy of the luxury segment, there’s no reason to doubt Lincoln will enjoy a second renaissance over the next few years.

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