The Lincoln MKX receives a mid-life refresh and a new name.
Following yesterday’s leak of the newly re-branded Lincoln Nautilus, formerly the MKX, official details and photos have now been released. Making its live debut at the 2017 LA Auto Show, the Nautilus is Lincoln’s mid-size SUV featuring the luxury brand’s latest styling language that first premiered on the Continental flagship sedan. Lincoln describes the new front grille as “bold,” while the rest of the SUV’s body is both sleek, athletic, and elegant. Buyers can also choose from a new wheel selection that allows them to create a more customized look. Overall, the slightly updated exterior styling is welcomed.
Under the hood, the top of the line engine remains the turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 with 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. The base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with an estimated 245 hp also returns. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines, as is Auto Start-Stop capability. There are also a number of new safety technologies, specifically lane-centering that combines with adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality to help maintain the SUV’s position in its lane using radar and cameras. Also new is evasive steer assist that uses radar and cameras to analyze the gap between slower-moving and stationary vehicles on the road to reduce the risk of a collision.
Other safety features include the familiar Pre-Collision Assist, Blind Spot information system, active park assist, and lane-departure warning. As offered with other Lincolns, the Nautilus Black Label is also available. This premium level trim not only offers upgraded interior materials and unique badging, but also a series of “membership privileges.” These include annual detailing, anytime carwashes, and even access to specific restaurants. The Nautilus actually has its own Black Label themes, Chalet, Thoroughbred, and Gala, each representing a styling and lifestyle theme. The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus will arrive in dealerships this summer.