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According to Edmunds Inside Line, Lincoln's new Aviator SUV — based on the 2004 concept of the same name (pictured) — will appear next year with a six-speed automatic and a new, 3.5-liter V6 producing 245hp. The new powerplant will also supplant the weak mill in today's Ford Five Hundred (Mercury Montego), serve Ford's new minivans and crossovers to the white-line gods, and power Lincoln's two new sedans — an LS replacement and a longer-wheelbase flagship.

(All the cars are or will be based on the Volvo P3 platform — known to Fordies as D3 — which also underpins the Volvo S60, S80 and XC90). What's more, many of those cars will gain a new 4.4-liter V8 as an option. Despite being the same size as a Jaguar motor, the new eight will be a variant of the Yamaha-sourced engine in the XC90 V8. No word on fuel-saving measures such as variable displacement on the eight, but we'd be surprised as hell if it didn't have it.

Ford Plans for New V6, V8 Revealed [Edmunds]

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