New Lincoln Aviator to replace Continental sedanOctober 20, 2020
The American automaker has decided to start producing Lincoln Aviator limousines.
Launched in 2017, the tenth generation Lincoln Continental, despite the front-wheel drive chassis, unfortunately did not stand a chance. Despite Lincoln’s best efforts, the full-size luxury sedan segment is not what it used to be. Competitors such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes can only survive on long-standing customer loyalty. The Continental simply didn’t have that, and it wasn’t a sports sedan. But there was one segment he was able to fill quite well: limousines.
Apart from the Lincoln Navigator, the Continental was the only alternative to the luxury brand Ford offered in the Fleet Livery version. Once production of the sedan is complete, Aviator will take over this role. So far, this information is unofficial: the report does not mention a single official representative of the automaker, and no press releases have been issued on this matter. But the choice of the Aviator makes sense, as Lincoln loses not only the Continental sedans, but also the MKZ. The closest car in terms of dimensions, relatively speaking, is the Aviator.
According to preliminary information, the Aviator Livery will be available in both rear and all-wheel drive, as well as features such as Ebony interior, standard sun visors on the rear doors, Elements package and heated VisioBlade wipers.
Earlier this month, we reported that Lincoln’s rival Cadillac also intends to enter the limousine market with a modified XT5. It was announced shortly thereafter that the XT5 would also be sold in a modified hearse form. There is no word yet if Lincoln intends to do the same.
The Lincoln Aviator limousines are expected to arrive sometime next year. Keeping Continental in production for the sole purpose of fleet sales doesn’t make sense for many reasons, but the Aviator seems like an ideal alternative in the crossover-obsessed world and could prove to be an important financial decision for the brand.
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