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We've already seen very revealing shots of the upcoming Lincoln Aviator crossover. Part of Ford's direction to build more 'people mover' vehicles includes developing a Lincoln crossover under the Aviator name. The new crossover will be built on a platform shared by another Ford crossover called the Edge. The crossover platform is derived from Ford's CD3 platform (from the Mazda6). Both vehicles will share similar body lines, but with details like the front and rear treatments and interior trim will be very different. The big news is really under the hood, with Ford's new 3.5-liter V6 providing 245 horsepower. The 2007 Lincoln Aviator is squarely aimed at the Lexus RX and Acura MDX. This is an exciting vehicle for Lincoln and will certainly become a popular model. The Aviator is a great way to hedge against the downturn in large SUV sales. By building a capable, well designed vehicle on a flexible platform, the Aviator should have a quick return on investment and provide a profitable vehicle for Ford's domestic luxury name plate. We hope Ford does the right thing and places the starting price at a competitive point.

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