Date Posted 10-27-2005 DEARBORN — Lincoln has released the first official photo of its all-new 2007 Aviator. The next-generation Aviator, which makes its debut in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, has a passenger-car base, unlike the current Aviator, which shares its underpinnings with the Ford Explorer. The new Aviator was first seen earlier this year in concept form at the New York show. It will continue to be positioned below the Navigator in size and price. A companion to the new Ford Edge, the '07 Aviator borrows heavily from the basic architecture of the Mazda 6 and will share some components with the new 2006 Lincoln Zephyr sedan. Power will come from a new twin-cam 3.5-liter V6 tuned to deliver about 250 horsepower. It will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive will be standard, with all-wheel drive available as an option. Both the Edge and the Aviator will be assembled in Oakville, Ontario. What this means to you: Lincoln's Lexus fighter will rely heavily on Mazda underpinnings.