A quick glance in the new 2019 Lincoln Nautilus’ direction reveals a different yet very similar vehicle to the MKX. In fact, everything from the “A” pillars forward is brand new as are side character lines and some touch ups in the rear. Technically, this is not an all-new vehicle but it’s far closer to being so than a simple refresh.
The Lincoln Nautilus does a few things for Ford’s luxury brand namely officially announce the end of the brand’s “MK” naming strategy. The MKX is thus officially dead but the recently updated MKC lives on. An odd plan perhaps but the fact is that the 2019 MKC is a nothing more than a facelift and as stated, the Nautilus is far more.
On the safety front alone, the 2019 Nautilus plays host to countless semi-autonomous related active safety features such as lane-centering function along with pre-collision assist, adaptive cruise control and more including, and new to the vehicle, evasive steer assist. It uses radar and cameras to measures gaps between surrounding vehicles to minimize the risk of a collision. Depending on the circumstances, the system helps the driver steer around the vehicle if there is sufficient space to do so.
While on the topic of technology, the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus gets niceties such a fully configurable 12.3” instrument cluster, SYNC3 with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, available 22-way power heated and ventilated seats and multi-speaker Revel audio systems.
The new Lincoln fascia hides the Nautilus’ powertrains which are a 245-horsepower 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder and the boosted 2.7-liter V6 and its 335-horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. Both are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and AWD.
The new 2019 Lincoln Nautilus will be in showrooms next spring. Pricing has yet to be announced but we expect it to change little from the current MKX’s $50k starting price.