The 2019 Lincoln Aviator is presented at the New York Auto Show in New York. Photo: File
DURBAN - The new Lincoln Aviator plug-in hybrid SUV has a smartphone key.

The luxury car made its debut at the New York International Auto Show recently and it has lots of high tech features than the Ford brand is usually known for.

Lincoln is a the luxury division of international automaker Ford Motor Company.

The car can be turned on and driven using their smartphone. With the Lincoln Way mobile app the car doors can be locked and unlocked, the trunk can be opened and the Aviator can be stopped or started.

According to Ford's President of Global Markets, the smartphone key idea was born out of the need to focus on and look at the pain points of customers. Drivers may find it uncomfortable to drive with a key fob in their pocket when the car that they are driving is equipped with a push-button start.

The Aviator also features Ford's new driver assist system which has automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection.

The Lincoln Aviator is Lincoln's first plug-in hybrid car. The choice to make the Aviator a plug-in hybrid is a part of Ford's $11 billion (R130 billion) investment in zero-emission vehicles.

A plug-in hybrid car is a car that can be recharged by plugging it in to an external electric power source.

Inside the Aviator is wireless phone charging that is located in the front armrest and the front has a handy media bin for passengers. There are also power outlets that can be found throughout the cabin and WiFi as well.