Ford’s luxury subsidiary brings back an old name with a bang.
At the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Lincoln took the wraps off the all-new, completely reinvented Aviator, its foray into the large, three-row crossover segment after the discontinuation of its predecessor in 2005.
Unlike its previous Aviator, and like the latest Lincoln Navigator, the new Aviator is far more than just a rebadged Ford. Despite sharing a multi-layout platform with the upcoming new Ford Explorer, it is an entirely different animal on the outside and inside.
Lincoln’s design team looked to aeronautical history for inspiration while penning the new SUV, delivering a strong and stately appearance comparable to a Range Rover or any other vehicle of its caliber. Are happy with how it transitioned from the Aviator Concept?
Inside, the instruments and gauges draw inspiration from Bell and Ross, a watchmaking company best known for its devotion to aviation-inspired design, and polished, engine-turned aluminum accents replace wood trim, calling to mind the instrument panels of vintage aircraft.
Even the perforation on leather seats take cues from aircraft runway lights. The “glass cockpit” is dominated by a large 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a head-up display, while the big pilot and co-pilot seats are jam-packed with adjusters, massagers, heaters, and coolers.
Going against convention — the vast majority of mainstream crossovers fundamentally have a front-wheel drive architecture — the new Aviator is rear-wheel-drive, offering an all-wheel-drive setup as an option. Power will come from a twin-turbocharged V6 that produces a healthy 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque or, optionally, a hybrid powertrain rated at an estimated 450 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, both utilizing Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission.
Lincoln placed a heavy emphasis on the technological aspect of the luxury car experience. As a highlight, Aviator premiers the company’s new “Phone as a Key” feature that lets you unlock and start the SUV with your smartphone.
The suspension also automatically lowers the Aviator to “greet” the driver, while a smart, camera- and sensor-based adaptive suspension can adjust to discomforting road imperfections to improve ride quality.
From the plug-in hybrid powertrain, to the striking exterior and to the stunning, tech-loaded interior, the new Lincoln Aviator looks like a serious contender in the large premium crossover segment. Do you like how it turned out?
2020 Buick Enclave Brings New Sport Touring Package
Buick’s big SUV also gets a new infotainment system and optional surround-view camera system.
The Buick Enclave has received a few updates for its 2020 model year, most notable of which is a new Sport Touring package that gives it a sportier appearance.
Available on the Essence trim level, the ST package adds a unique body-color grille and 20-inch bright machined aluminum wheels with contrasting Satin Graphite pockets.
The 2020 Enclave also benefits from Buick’s next-gen infotainment system that’s standard on all models, complete with an 8-inch touchscreen. It can also be equipped with a new HD Rear Vision Camera, an HD Surround Vision systems, and a new, four-way power lumbar seat adjuster with a driver and front passenger massage feature that comes standard on Premium and Avenir editions.
The 2020 model year introduces three new exterior colors: Champagne Gold Metallic, Rich Garnet Metallic (Avenir only) and Dark Moon Blue Metallic.
Sales of the 2020 Buick Enclave begin in late summer 2019, with prices starting at $41,195 (including freight).
Kia Seltos Is A New Small SUV For The World
It’s a global vehicle, but will it be sold in North America?
Kia Motors used an event in Delhi India to unveil the Kia Seltos, a new compact SUV that will be sold in several markets around the world.
Positioned at the bottom of the company’s expanding crossover and SUV line-up, the new Seltos goes after “youthful, tech-savvy buyers” with a sharp design inside and out, and the tech and practicality millennials expect in vehicle of its size.
The exterior features a tall, upright front end characterized by a wide rendition of Kia’s trademark tiger nose grille flanked by LED headlights and 3D indicators, while horizontal lines on both ends help make the crossover look bigger than it actually is. It looks like a Kia.
Inside, the Seltos can be equipped with a 10.25-inch screen for the infotainment system, a head-up display, and ambient lighting that pulses to the beat of the music. A split-screen function let’s users customize the infotainment screen and view up to three menus at the same time.
Power can be provided by a 1.6-liter turbodiesel rated at 136 horsepower, a naturally-aspirated, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 149 horsepower, or a 177-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbo four, while the gearbox options consist of a continuously variable transmission (CVT), a six-speed automatic, and a seven-speed dual-clutch.
Manufactured in both India and South Korea, the new, 2020 Kia Seltos goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2019. It’s not clear if it will be sold in the United States and Canada.
TRIVIA: The name Seltos comes from Greek mythology, particularly Hercules’ son Celtos. To make it appear sportier, Kia simply replaced the ‘C’ with an ‘S’.
Toyota, Subaru Team Up To Develop All-Electric SUV
Then makers of the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are shifting some of their resources from sports cars to electric vehicles.
Toyota and Subaru are expanding their existing partnership to include the development of a new electric platform for midsize and large passenger vehicles. The platform will initially be used for a C-segment SUV that will be sold under each company’s own brand.
Subaru will provide its expertise in all-wheel drive technologies, while Toyota will bring its electrified vehicles know-how. By combing their respective strengths, they will be better be able to tackle market challenges surrounding electric vehicles, including development costs and battery supplies.
“The platform will be developed in a way that will make it broadly applicable to multiple vehicle types, including C-segment-class and D-segment-class sedans and SUVs, as well as to efficient development of derivative vehicle models,” the Japanese automakers stated in a press release.
Subaru and Toyota have collaborated on vehicle development since 2005, with their efforts resulting in the Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ sports cars and the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid.