NAPA, Calif. — As it turns out, Lincoln was being a bit conservative with its estimates for the new 2020 Aviator crossover's performance specs.
The gasoline version of the three-row Aviator, on sale now, is rated at 400 hp and 415 pound-feet of torque, while the Grand Touring plug-in hybrid has 494 hp and 630 pound-feet of torque.
That's slightly better than the estimates of 400 hp and 400 pound-feet of torque for the gas version and 450 hp and 600 pound-feet of torque for the GT model officials gave earlier this year.
Executives are placing a big bet on the Aviator, saying it represents "the very best" of the brand's DNA. Lincoln President Joy Falotico previously told Automotive News she "absolutely believes" the Aviator could supplant the Nautilus as the top-selling U.S. nameplate.
Engineers and designers took great care to differentiate it from the Ford Explorer, which shares its new rear-wheel-drive platform. The Aviator has a different suspension, a unique plug-in model and several Lincoln-only features, including the ability for customers to lock, unlock and start their vehicle via smartphone.
The Grand Touring electrified model features two new drive modes: Pure EV, which uses only the electric motor, and Preserve EV, which uses only the internal-combustion engine. Lincoln says the vehicle has a range of at least 400 miles.
The gas model pairs a 3.0-liter engine with a 10-speed transmission.
The Aviator starts at $52,195 including shipping. The plug-in hybrid model starts at $69,895, while the high-end Black Label trim starts at $88,895.