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Preview: 2007 Lincoln Aviator Midsize SUV

July 2, 2005 02:29 PM EST | Lincoln , Luxury Brands , SUV's | Email to Friend

What Edmunds.com Says: With a brand-new platform, the Aviator will be refashioned as more of a sport wagon in order to compete with the likes of the Lexus RX 330.

What We Know: Initial reports that Ford would drop the Lincoln Aviator from its lineup in 2005 were only partially true: yes, the Aviator will no longer be manufactured in its current form after July of this year. The vehicle will reappear in the fall of 2006 as a sport wagon instead of a traditional SUV. The next generation of the Aviator will share its underpinnings with the Mazda 6 rather than borrowing the Ford Explorer's platform. With such a major change made to the foundation of the vehicle, it should be no surprise that the 2007 Aviator will look a great deal different than the contemporary model. Despite its completely revised package, though, the Aviator will feature all-wheel drive and large wheels and tires. It's also believed that Ford will power the vehicle with a new 3.5-liter Duratec V6, which could appear on the Five Hundred and Freestyle as well.

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