January 6, 2004
Lincoln displays future Aviator crossover concept
Detroit, Michigan – Lincoln’s next-generation Aviator will “crossover” to a
car-based platform, said the company, which displayed a “teaser” of the luxury SUV
at the Detroit auto show.
“The next-generation Aviator is a new kind of Lincoln; it’s our first-ever,
car-based SUV,” said Phil Martens, Ford Motor Company group vice president, Product
As the first Lincoln car-based SUV, it is designed with sporty lines while
incorporating current Lincoln design cues. One of the most noticeable
characteristics is a new Lincoln grille, a trait to watch for on future Lincoln
models. A signature bright metal strip inspired by the 1961 Continental begins at
the grille, runs over the fenders, frames the full-length glass roof and ends at the
lower tailgate, accentuating the vehicle’s profile. The all-glass roof provides a
panoramic, overhead view.
The polished egg-crate grille, reminiscent of elegant Continental models of the
past, features a pattern of solid horizontal and vertical chrome trim. The grille
surround encompasses the headlamps, a cue also from the 1961 Lincoln Continental.
The new face incorporates a nearly 2-by-4-inch Lincoln star and a bright horizontal
blade by the lower air intake.
Its 21-inch spoked wheels, made from a combination of cast and polished aluminum,
feature wheel caps with the Lincoln star at the centre. The Aviator concept has a
uniquely wide C-pillar, giving the vehicle’s visual stance a sense of balance. It
also features a recessed Lincoln star with intricate detailing.
The upper glass lift gate features a nearly 3-by-6-inch floating Lincoln star,
integrating horizontal taillamps that stretch the full breadth of the rear and
emphasizing the vehicle’s width – another echo of past Lincoln proportions. The
tailgate hinges flat, offering an unobstructed entry to an unexpected amount of
interior cabin space.