2020 Lincoln Aviator hybrid has more horsepower than expected

Lincoln seems to be in the midst of an awakening with new products like the 2020 Aviator SUV. The plug-in hybrid version of Lincoln’s new mid-size SUV will offer more power and torque than previously announced, a lot more in fact.

Lincoln has confirmed the powertrain at 494 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque, up from the 450 hp and 600 lb-ft that was announced when the vehicle debuted at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. That makes the Lincoln quite a bit more potent than the rival BMW X5 x4eDrive iPerformance , which only comes with 394 hp and 442 lb-ft.

The 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 still produces 400 hp, but the torque figure has gone up from 400 to 415 lb-ft – a modest but welcome increase. The hybrid model makes even more than expected, though, with power jumping from 450 hp to 494 hp and torque from 600 lb-ft to 630 lb-ft.

The 2020 Aviator is priced from $52,195 for the base model and from $69,895 for the Grand Touring plug-in hybrid. Either model brings a load of standard items. We’re talking a 10-speed automatic transmission, 19-inch wheels, fuel-saving active grille shutters, a power tailgate, a rear-view camera, 10-way heated front seats, a 10-inch infotainment screen, WiFi, and a suite of electronic driver aids.

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