According to Automotive News back in 2016, Aviator should be a three-row crossover based on the next-generation Explorer. So essentially, it will replace the MKT, which was last seen picking people up at your local airport and essentially nowhere else.
The Aviator Concept takes comfort to a higher level.— LincolnMotorCoCanada (@LincolnMotorCA) March 15, 2018
Watch the Lincoln Aviator Concept preview on March 28. pic.twitter.com/zt3QtRGgKr
For those of you who don't recall, this would not be the first Lincoln Aviator. The original sold from 2002 to 2005 was also based on the Ford Explorer, and although relatively well-received by car reviewing types at the time, it never caught on with the buying public. Its failure is still a bit surprising given the similar SUV fever of that era.
The resurrection of the Aviator name also coincides with the return of Continental and the introduction of Nautilus, which replaces the MKX. However, have no fear MK enthusiasts, the MKZ and MKC still live on. You can be in charge of letting people know just exactly which cars those are.