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Rumor Mill: Lincoln Aviator to Return on D6



Like the old 2002-05 Aviator, the new one would be based off of a Ford Explorer, The Truth About Cars learned from speaking with an unnamed second-hand source. The claim appears to be backed by the recent filing of the Aviator trademark at the US Patent and Trademark office.

The source also claims that there are no plans for a next-generation Flex or its chassis-mate, the Lincoln MKT. The Aviator would likely replace the MKT altogether as a large crossover in the lineup.


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Re: Rumor Mill: Lincoln Aviator to Return on D6

Something we've known or years, but thanks TTAC.
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^^ Deq, but...in the "CarWars" thread
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Could Aviator, Not Continental, Begin the End of Lincoln’s Alphabet Soup Naming Scheme?
By Mark Stevenson on June 4, 2015

If rumors prove true, Lincoln could end its love affair with MK alphabet soup names with a new Aviator based upon the new Ford Explorer.

According to a second-hand source, TTAC has been told Ford engineers are working on a project internally called ‘Aviator’ based on the new Explorer. The source also stated there will not be a next-generation Ford Flex and will kill off the Lincoln MKT in the process.



A switch to the Aviator name, supported by recent trademark filings for the name, could be the first in many name changes at Lincoln. In April, Ford President of the Americas Joe Hinrichs said he was “very excited about the Continental name and the attention it’s gotten.” However, it could be the Aviator – not the Continental – to get the name change ball rolling.

In addition to the Aviator information, our source also stated the next Expedition and Navigator would get the 10-speed automatic transmission and an all aluminum body, making the full-size SUVs more efficient and lighter than their key competitors at General Motors.

In an email, Stéphane Cesareo, spokesman for Lincoln, said, “We do not comment on speculation. MKT continues to be present in our lineup, with a new model in 2015. By 2020, we expect to expand the segments that we participate in by adding two new nameplates to the Lincoln brand. We have not provided any indications about the products or their names.”

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...What if the magic platform, the D6/CD6, could also produce a TD6?...

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The Truth About Cars learned from speaking with an unnamed second-hand source's cousin who has a friend who posts on a car forum with some guy who claims his sister's son's best friends father is an insider.
Sounds legit. Was it you Wings?
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I think a D6 underpinned Aviator should be performance biased. That would differentiate it further from the next Explorer. That would make more sense than a performance Navigator, which should be more about truckiness and capacity and capability - but in a more modern way than current, not unlike the aluminum F150. It could have the token 3rd row, but not a lot of emphasis on it. Lots of style and panache and the like. The Navigator should stick to it's roots, and not try to compete with the LR's of the world. Leave that up to the Aviator.

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Re: Rumor Mill: Lincoln Aviator to Return on D6

I think the return of the Aviator is great. I really liked the original Aviator it was a great looking SUV & very luxurious. However with that said I'd still much rather see an all new Mercury Mountaineer.

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^ for (any) mention of/for Mercury
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^ Absolutely 2b2. When Mercury returns I think they should focus on compact to midsize premium entry level luxury cars & crossovers. Leave the larger high level luxury vehicles to Lincoln.

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I think a D6 underpinned Aviator should be performance biased. That would differentiate it further from the next Explorer. That would make more sense than a performance Navigator, which should be more about truckiness and capacity and capability - but in a more modern way than current, not unlike the aluminum F150. It could have the token 3rd row, but not a lot of emphasis on it. Lots of style and panache and the like. The Navigator should stick to it's roots, and not try to compete with the LR's of the world. Leave that up to the Aviator.
IMHO the Navigator, the SUV that create the full size luxury segment should be as luxurious as the Range Rover.
The Aviator could be more sporty! and more Range Rover sport! but there is no reason why the Aviator should be better than the Navi!
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IMHO the Navigator, the SUV that create the full size luxury segment should be as luxurious as the Range Rover.
The Aviator could be more sporty! and more Range Rover sport! but there is no reason why the Aviator should be better than the Navi!
As much as I would like the Aviator CUV to be more sporty, it still has to be attractive to the broader luxury consumer that needs 7 passenger seating.

Just looking at what luxury consumers are actually buying, the Range Rover Sport only moves just a little over 1500 monthly and less than 10k YTD. That's just about 300 more units YTD than the MKC. While the more conventional luxury MDX sells over 5,000 units monthly with over 24k sold YTD.

I would expect that if the Aviator looked a bit like a bigger(taller/wider/loner) version of the MKX with the new grille, it would be sporty enough and conventional enough for families. While at the same time Lincoln could offer a Sport/Performance version of the Aviator for those lower volume sales.

Hopefully we get a MKX Sport that gives an indication of what Lincoln can do.
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