Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Re: 2020 Lincoln Aviator
So I went with my dad to Detroit! Took the drive from Philly this past weekend (Thurs-Sunday)
Very successful venture overall! We had a great time as usual! I have lots of photos that I'll put in an album for you guys, but the Aviator was incredible in person. It was directly next to Cadillac's XT6 reveal and it put the XT6 to shame, visually, and buzz-wise. Lincoln stand was packed and had both a BL Navi to sit in and the Continental Coach-door. Overall the show was great. Germans weren't there (except VW; side note - love the new Tiguan) but tbh they always have so many cars locked that I don't really feel like we missed much. Lincoln was shining. Truly.
Hopping into the Escalade after being in a BL Navigator was borderline shocking. Caddy needs to get that new model out. LOVE the CT6-V and I'm sad that car is getting cancelled. But even then, Lincoln raised the bar with having the coach door present. Even if it's a limited run (and sold out!), the presence was huge for public perception.
MKC and MKZ are clearly more "Old Lincoln" than the rest of the lineup, but with 2 Navi's, 2 Continentals, 1 Nautilus (Unlocked. Feels good. New fascia really steps up the whole vibe.), and of course the star, the Aviator, the stand handily outshined Infiniti, Genesis, or really kind of anyone there except Alfa Romeo (and maybe Lexus if you're into Lexus), but they only have 3 models. The 4C is a timeless design. Love Alfa. Really want to lease a Giulia some day.
As far as the city is concerned, I'm continually impressed by Detroit's ability to improve our experience visiting year by year. The city is bouncing back and they're not wasting much time in the grand scheme of things. Love investing in the local shops and bars and such as a tourist. Love being a part of the comeback. Now that I'm an aerospace engineer living alone and making a salary, I'm thinking of some property investment. Detroit has a bright future.
Had a bitchin' time and I'm looking forward to a summer visit next year for NAIAS 2020. Hopefully by then we have a new MKC/Corsair and maybe a new concept and lack of MKZ.
I'll put together a better write-up and include my thoughts on the Ford section. It was totally killer. 10/10, thanks Detroit!
'18 F-150 EcoBoost, '05 Mustang GT 5MT; '16 Escape SE; '48 F-1 Stakebody flathead