Even though it’s a completely new name, the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus isn’t as unfamiliar as we thought at the first glance. No, it’s actually just the refreshed version of the current MKX mid-size luxury crossover. Yes, Ford’s premium department has decided to switch from letters to some real names. The Nautilus seems interesting, so we can’t wait to see what’s coming in the coming months. In any case, the crossover hosts some other changes aside from the new name as well.
Exterior and Interior
The exterior design sports most of redesign changes on the front end. The 2019 Nautilus has got a new, Continental-based grille and completely new headlights. The pretty face is additionally embellished with a gorgeous hood design and a totally restyled front bumper. The rear hatch looks pretty good, too. That’s largely thanks to a pair of new taillights and the taillight strip that connects the lights.
Inside, the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus features a restyled dashboard and a few new technology details, and Black Label trims. More precisely, the crossover still relies on a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, but it provides more open storage. The Revel sound system is standard inside, as they are 22 driver-seat positions. Though, the potential buyers can pick between 13 or 19 speakers. The most striking detail is definitely the panoramic sunroof from the Continental because it fits perfectly to the mid-size luxury SUV. The MKX’s successor named by the most-famous submarine hasn’t got anything new regarding the platform, so the footprint stays pretty much the same. However, the new vehicle offers more space inside thanks to the new seating arrangement. More precisely, the seats have changed height and track, plus the rear seats can be folded down with a simple push of the button. Lincoln has decided not to offer the three-row model, which is quite surprising because we’ve expected the seven-seat version for the Chinese market.
New Safety Features
The carmaker added a few extras to crossover’s safety system. The Nautilus will get pre-collision assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, park assist, and lane centering, as well as the all-new and impressive new evasive steer assist. The feature hosts radar and a few cameras in order to foresee a rear-end collision. The reaction is very effective because it applies more aggressive steering to avoid a crash.
You can’t make a mistake whether you pick a standard or an optional engine because both of them are really amazing. The outdated naturally aspirated V6 is history from now on. Instead, the all-new Lincoln Nautilus gets a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine with 245 horsepower. As for the optional, it’s still the potent 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 with 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed auto doesn’t exist anymore, too. It’s been replaced with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which is the only available choice.
The 2019 Nautilus has been introduced at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. However, it’s not going to become available in North America before the next spring. The price will be somewhere around $40,000.