The Lincoln Aviator will go 100% electric much sooner than initially expected. Automotive News claims that Lincoln plans to launch the Aviator Electric, formally confirmed in May 2021, in 2023.
Is the Aviator EV Lincoln’s first all-electric car?
Two weeks after Ford disclosed that it will launch a Lincoln Aviator EV at the 2021 Capital Markets Day on May 26, 2021, Lincoln announced on June 16, 2021, that it will unveil its global EV in 2022, and it released a teaser showing that model’s front-end. Reports suggested this model could be a Lincoln Nautilus-sized model called ‘Lincoln Mark E.’ Now, Automotive News says that Lincoln will reveal the Aviator EV as its first pure electric vehicle in 2022.
Hau Thai-Tang Chief Product Platform & Operations Officer, Ford, has said that a new rear-wheel drive/all-wheel drive BEV flexible architecture will underpin the Lincoln Aviator Electric. In addition to family SUVs like this Lincoln model and the Ford Explorer EV, this platform will be fit for even active lifestyle vehicles with excellent driving dynamics, tough mid-size pickups, rugged SUVs, and cargo vehicles.
The ICE Aviator will undergo a mid-cycle refresh in 2023, the same year when the all-electric Aviator will enter showrooms. The EV could feature some model-specific exclusive touches like a closed radiator grille, unique headlights, more aerodynamic wheels, and underbody changes.
Production of the Lincoln Aviator EV will reportedly take place alongside the Ford Explorer EV at the Ford Cuautitlan Stamping and Assembly Plant. This facility currently builds only the Ford Mustang Mach-E, which went on sale in the U.S. in December 2020.
Lincoln aims to convert half of global sales to ZEVs by the middle of the decade and plans to electrify its entire line-up by 2030. The new RWD/AWD BEV flexible architecture will underpin three EVs that follow the Aviator EV.
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