In-Car Tech

Lincoln introduces heated winter wiper blades for 2020 Aviator

Lincoln has introduced a new winter weather-friendly wiper blade to help when snow and ice buildup become a problem.

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Syracuse and Buffalo, New York. Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Montana. Anywhere there's a ski lodge. Lincoln's new VisioBlade wipers are designed to make life where there's winter a little easier.

The blades contain a heating element that is integrated into their assembly that keeps the blades warm and prevents the buildup of ice, both on the blades and windshield. They are flat in shape, which also allows for better contact with the windscreen.

Currently available on the 2020 Aviator, the VisioBlades are more than just heated. They also dispense washer fluid directly through nozzles on the blade as opposed to relying on easily iced over ports on the car's hood. Lincoln says that not only does this keep the fluid flowing but it allows it to have more widespread distribution on the windshield.

"You don't get that ice buildup on the blades when you're driving through sleet or snow," said said Geoffrey Johnson, body core engineer, Lincoln Motor Company. "It's a more efficient way to keep the windshield clear."

Internal tests show the blades can heat from subfreezing temperatures to 86 degrees Fahrenheit in four minutes; a traditional defroster alone can take up to 15 minutes to clear an ice-caked windshield.

The VisioBlade system is available as part of the Elements Package Plus ($1,180) on Aviator Reserve trim levels and up. Alongside the blades, the package includes heated and ventilated first- and second-row seats and a heated steering wheel.

Lincoln's SUV lineup is greatly revamped for the 2020 model year.

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The Lincoln lineup is fairly new compared to its luxury level competition. While the full-size Lincoln Navigator has been at the forefront of luxury buyers' minds for decades, there's a host of models with new names in addition to new SUVs and variants that have been added in recent years.

Scroll down to see them all.

2020 Lincoln Corsair

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The Lincoln Corsair compact SUV is new for the 2020 model year. It replaces the Lincoln MKC in the automaker's lineup as the smallest SUV they currently offer.

Lincoln currently sells the model in two trim levels: Reserve and Standard. The Corsair Standard starts at $35,945 and the Corsair Reserve starts at $42,630.

It comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can upgrade to a 2.3-liter turbo-four that achieves 295 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.

The SUV, like all others in the Lincoln lineup, prioritizes comfort over sportiness. It is noted for its comfortable seats, long list of available luxury level features like 24-way power-adjustable seats and a 14-speaker Revel stereo system.

The 2020 Lincoln Corsair is on sale now.

2020 Lincoln Nautilus

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As part of the renaming process that included the MKC, the slot in Lincoln's lineup previously filled by the MKX was taken over by the Lincoln Nautilus midsize SUV. It's larger than the Corsair but smaller than the Lincoln Aviator and Navigator.

The 2020 Lincoln Nautilus is sold in three trim levels: Standard, Reserve, and Black Label. The Nautilus Standard starts at $41,040 while the Nautilus Reserve comes in at $48,500. The top-tier Nautilus Black Label has a starting MSRP of $63,800.

Under its hood, the Nautilus has a standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that achieves 250 horsepower. Buyers can upgrade to a 335-horsepower 2.7-liter V6.

The Nautilus wins points for its luxe interior, which pairs comfortable seating for four with a host of standard and available features including 22-way power-adjustable massaging front seats, a 19-speaker Revel sound system, and a hands-free power liftgate.

The 2020 Lincoln Nautilus is on sale now.

2020 Lincoln Aviator & Aviator Hybrid

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The Lincoln Aviator is a luxury midsize SUV that falls between the smaller Nautilus and larger Navigator in the Lincoln lineup. It's an SUV built for comfort thought it does have a good amount of power.

The Aviator comes in three trim levels: Standard, Reserve, and Black Label. Its hybrid variant, the Aviator Hybrid, comes in the upmarket Grand Touring and Black Label Grand Touring trim levels. The Aviator Standard is priced starting at $51,500. Reserve and Black Label trims start at $56,190 and $77,695, respectively. Lincoln sells the Aviator Hybrid Grand Touring for $68,800 and the Hybrid Grand Touring Black Label for $87,800.

Lincoln's Aviator is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that achieves 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. The Aviator Hybrid adds an electric motor to that power plant upping the output to 494 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque.

The spacious interior of the model features luxe appointments and design in keeping with the rest of the Lincoln SUV lineup. It's a three-row SUV that has available captain's chairs for second-row passengers as well as a long list of standard and available features like quad-zone automatic climate control, a 28-speaker Revel audio system, and a phone as key feature.

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator and Aviator Hybrid are now on sale.

2020 Lincoln Navigator

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Sitting atop the Lincoln lineup is its flagship SUV, the Lincoln Navigator. The full-size, three-row SUV was fully redesigned for the 2018 model year, kicking off the brand's new SUV identity and design aesthetic.

The Navigator is sold in three trim levels: Standard, Reserve, and Black Label. The starting price of the Navigator Standard is $76,185. The Navigator Reserve is priced at $81,725 and the Navigator Black Label comes in at $97,135.

The seven-seat SUV has a 450-horsepower turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 450 horsepower. It comes standard with rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive is available.

Lincoln has given the Navigator a suitably plush interior for its price point, rivaling the best models in its segment. Features like 30-way power-adjustable seats, a panoramic moonroof, and 20-speaker audio system are available.

The 2020 Lincoln Navigator is on sale now.

Lincoln has announced plans to develop its first all-electric vehicle.

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Lincoln has announced that it is working with Rivian to develop the company's first all-electric vehicle. The news comes on the heels of Ford's announcement last year that it is partnering with Rivian on development of an electrified F-Series pickup truck as part of its planned equity investment in the company.

The model will be Lincoln's first fully electric vehicle. The company currently offers two of its SUVs - Aviator and Corsair - in plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) variants.

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"Working with Rivian marks a pivotal point for Lincoln as we move toward a future that includes fully electric vehicles," said Joy Falotico, president, The Lincoln Motor Company. "This vehicle will take Quiet Flight to a new place – zero emissions, effortless performance and connected and intuitive technology. It's going to be stunning."

The Lincoln EV will be built on Rivian's flexible skateboard platform, like the electric F-150.

Lincoln is in the middle of a brand resurgence. The luxury arm of Ford has introduced the three new SUVs - Corsair, Aviator, Navigator - in four years. The company will cease production of the MKZ sedan later this year so the plant can be converted to accommodate new Ford vehicle production.

This isn't the first innovation Lincoln has announced lately. The company with Matthew McConaughey as its spokesperson recently showed off its new potheated winter wiper blades and pothole preview technology.

Ford is investing $11.5 billion into electrification, including the new Mustang Mach-E and a fully electric version.

"Our vehicle development partnership with Ford is an exciting opportunity to pair our technology with Lincoln's vision for innovation and refinement. We are proud to collaborate on Lincoln's first fully electric vehicle," said Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe.