Lincoln released the MKX back in 2014 in Beijing and even though the car had its drawbacks, it sold relatively well. However, now that the company is looking to rename all of their models, they did the same with the MKX. Its successor is the new 2019 Lincoln Nautilus. Even though the name is different, the car still shares some similarities with its predecessor which is to be expected considering it is mostly a facelift and not much else. Even though, the Nautilus manages to impress with its bold new design and slight changes under the skin.
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Review
Just like before, the car uses the same CD4 modular architecture as most of Ford’s other vehicles. This is a front wheel drive design which is aimed at large sedans or crossovers.
The Nautilus has to be one of the most premium cars to use this platform and even though it may not seem premium, the car is easily as good, if not better than some of its rivals.
The Nautilus managed to offer a really comfortable ride quality without having to compromise on the way it drives. The drawback is the fact the car is not really that great when it comes to NVH levels.
Lincoln did their best to alleviate this problem by installing quite a bit of sound insulation. Even so, the car doesn’t feel as tight as it should which is a real shame.
In order to remain relevant, they did some changes to the car’s cabin. Sadly though, these changes have been kept to a minimum, so the design and the feel of the cabin are still dated. The dashboard is quite unusual with a large center screen which is flanked by the controls for the gearbox.
The big news comes in the form of the new highly adjustable front seats which have been taken straight out of Lincoln’s higher-end vehicles.
These will definitely give the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus an edge over most of its rivals. Another big change has to be the car’s new digital instrument cluster. This will give the driver all the required information while also being fully configurable.
Here Lincoln worked quite a bit in order to make the Nautilus feel like a new car and we have to say that they just pulled it off. The entire front end is new, so the car looks a lot more in line with their other vehicles.
There is a new one-piece grille, similar to that on the Continental, while the headlights now use the individual LED clusters from the sedan which create a far more aggressive design than before. The tail lights also changed slightly in order to further complete the revised look.
Engine and specs
The old 3.7 liter naturally aspirated V6 is now gone which is a bit of a shame. However, the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus does come with a new engine in its place which is always great to see. The new base model now gets a 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-four unit.
This EcoBoost engine will provide 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque which is quite a bit less than the V6. However, it will offer extra torque and better fuel efficiency which is always great to see. The range-topping model will continue to offer the same 2.7 liter unit as before. With 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque, this will drive all four wheels via an 8 speed automatic.
Even though we would have expected to see Ford’s new 9 speed unit in here, the 8 speed is still a major step up over the older 6 speed automatic. Thanks to it the new .2.7 liter car will hit 60 MPH faster while also being slightly more efficient.
Release and Price
The manufacturer already released the new 2019 Lincoln Nautilus a while back but it looks like the car is not going to hit the market for some time.
However, when it will hit the market, the new model should be priced at around $39,000 to $41,000. Even though this may seem like quite a large amount of money for what is basically a Ford, most of its rivals would be more expensive than this.
Thanks to that, the Nautilus will offer one of the best values for money on the market without having to compromise on anything.
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