Lincoln Aviator

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Editors' First Take

Lincoln will add this new Aviator crossover to its lineup later this year, and we're getting our first glimpse at the New York Auto Show this week. There's lots to discuss with this new CUV, but the biggest news is definitely under the hood, where Lincoln is introducing a brand-new plug-in hybrid powertrain.

All Aviators will be powered by a twin-turbo V6 (that's all Lincoln will say -- we don't know if its Ford's 2.7-liter or 3.5-liter biturbo V6), but an additional plug-in hybrid system will be available as an option. Lincoln says the gas-only Aviator will be offered with rear-wheel drive standard, though all-wheel drive will also be available. The PHEV will only be available with all-wheel drive.

Lincoln is silent on any specs, but if we look at the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine in the MKT crossover -- which Lincoln will continue to build, by the way -- that engine produces 365 horsepower. Adding hybrid boost could up that to around 400 horsepower, which isn't crazy, since that's what the Volvo XC90 T8's engine puts out. Electric-only range will probably be in the 15- to 30-mile range. But that's just our best guess for now.

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