Love it. The back lights give a bit of a Saab vibe.
The wife's Elantra lease is up in April of 2020. This looks like an excellent replacement.
I don't know what to think of the whole Phone as a Key thing. I guess I'd have to try it out and see if its reliable, and if it has a decent backup system.
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I've seen this too much to fall for it again. I've seen how "well" the plastics on a 2018 Navigator have held up (hint, they haven't) as a press vehicle, on something they're asking over $100,000 for. They're both incredible looking, I'll say that much, the Aviator is no exception. But until I see that it can go 10 years without a symphony of rattles and squeeks underneath the hood I won't be impressed.
Lincoln is on a roll with there SUVs. Up until now, I always preferred the Escalade over the Navigator but the new Navigator is a homerun! The previous Lincoln Aviator felt like a loaded Explorer (which it was) but this one looks like so much more.
To make the Continental look right or concept identical, would've entailed a roughly 18 month delay in launch to make further changes. Like this Aviator, the serial D544 Continental was frozen and beyond correction in 2015-16. Thankfully Lincoln did not overdo the Navigator and Aviator concepts, like Subaru does with theirs too often.
Most "concepts" nowadays are developed like this anyway, as seen with the BMW 8-Series. Production cars cloaked in fancier clothes for the show circuit. The '17 Continental suffered, because they added too much glitz and changed the stance quite a bit for the concept. By the time the Continental Concept was getting its final touches in early 2015, the design freeze for the production D544 was already many months past and Lincoln knew it was a tease, with no time to revise the D544 with better proportions. Otherwise it would've become the 2018.5 Continental and sell a little better.
I don't think there's been any Lincoln production car this century. that was based on a concept strictly and then developed into production car from there. Things like the Nissan GT-R R35, Lexus LF-LC_LC 500, Toyota FT-1_A90 Supra, and 2006 Camaro Concept_2010 Camaro are unique in execution, which as a result took years to release after an initial showing. Eight months is not enough time to do that.
Even the new Mazda3 design was designed 2 years ago, months befoe the Kai Concept debuted in late 2017. It is just time-consuming and expensive for modern-day OEMs to base their styling programmes on a showcar and deliver quickly. Thus the Aviator Concept was just an early look at the U611 with added touches, not the inspiration that could be watered-down or "kept true".
Unfortunately automotive media forever get this reality wrong and lazily just continue to mislead the masses.
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Leapfrogging Cadillac into relevance again. And they did it with a truly right product, and not by trading on their heritage.
The interior is downright inspired. The powertrains are compelling. The styling is stop-you-dead gorgeous. They are using ACTUAL names and not the stale alpha numerics. This is an American product, not a copy of a European one....or a rehash of a 1960s one.
I honestly can't think of much to complain about. If this is what we can expect from Lincoln moving forward, the brand's future never looked better.
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It looks like a wagon but it is a SUV. Are wagons officially dead yet?
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We have a 7 year old Fusion PHEV with 100k+ that has never stranded us, broken down, required any abnormal service and actually feels very good and solid for a 100k car..
I was impressed with the Aviator concept, and I'm even more impressed that the production version is nearly identical. Good job, Lincoln
Hopefully Lincoln continues in this direction, with the necessary R&D funding, and doesn't somehow get negatively affected by Ford's woes lately.
I feel like the Escalade was a big jump forward for Cadillac interiors when the current gen debuted - I remember a Motor Trend comparo against the Range Rover, among others, where they singled out the Escalade's interior quality as being the best. Even with small victories like that, though, interior quality seems to be a consistent criticism across Cadillac's lineup, so I hope Lincoln has determined that they're not going to let that be a weak point anymore. The Aviator's interior looks exceptional in these photos, and I love that Lincoln has zeroed in on a unique design language that can't be mistaken for any other automaker.