It’s hard to believe that the Lincoln Aviator is already a few years old. Alas, the luxury SUV needs a mid-cycle refresh and we’re treated to a first look at this batch of spy photos.
Of course, the camouflage covers the areas where changes are taking place, but some details are still visible. As usual, our focus is on the front where the outline of a larger grille is visible through the lids. It’s hard to tell if this tester’s grille is wider, but it’s certainly deeper. It dips lower, approaching the lower fairing in a style similar to its smaller Lincoln sibling, the Corsair.
On either side are a set of redesigned headlights that might be a bit smaller compared to the current Aviator’s eyes. The heavier camo covers do a great job hiding the outline of the headlights, and that’s true of the design changes on the lower fairing. There are no heavy rear covers, and while the camouflage wrap covers the entire rear, we suspect only minor changes are coming around the taillights. We can see pieces of lenses and reflectors in the same places as the current model. The tailpipes in the bumper are also the same.
This set of photos doesn’t offer a clear look inside, but our sources say a revised center console is part of the mid-cycle refresh. We can barely see the dash skins through the side glass of this tester, indicating that some interior changes are indeed coming. This probably means that technical updates are also planned.
As for potential powertrain modifications, that’s a complete unknown at the moment. When the Aviator debuted in 2020, it launched with a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine developing 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts) to all four wheels. In the Aviator Grand Touring version, the engine is connected to a plug-in hybrid system that currently generates a combined output of 494 hp (368 kW). There is no reason to expect major changes to this arrangement, although small power upgrades are always possible.
The 2023 Lincoln Aviator is already available to order, so we expect the refreshed version to debut next year as a 2024 model.