The changes are inspired by the more premium Aviator.
While the Lincoln Nautilus is living on borrowed time, the two-row crossover could be getting a significant update for the 2021 model year to give it a new lease of life. New photos reportedly posted on social media by a Ford employee at the Oakville Assembly Plant show the Nautilus will be getting an upgraded interior with changes inspired by the more premium Aviator as part of an upcoming update to bring it in line with other current Lincoln models.
Like the Lincoln Aviator, the dashboard features a horizontal trim piece that separates the upper and lower sections and a center touchscreen. In the Aviator, the screen measures 10.1 inches, so this is likely to carry over to the Nautilus.
Elsewhere, the controls for the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning are new, a fully digital dashboard is located behind the redesigned multifunctional steering wheel, and the SYNC 4 infotainment system from the Aviator is displayed on the touchscreen.
Overall, it's a massive upgrade over the current cabin inside the Nautilus. Potentially, the Ford Edge could also receive an upgraded cabin, as both SUVs share the same platform.
While the interior is being revamped, engine options are likely to carry over for 2021. As standard, the Lincoln Nautilus is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder producing 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque or an optional 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 rated at 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque.
Both powertrains are paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. These changes will help keep the Nautilus fresh for the next few years, but the model's future is looking uncertain. A recent report claimed that Lincoln's two-row crossover will end production at the Oakville Assembly Plant in Canada in 2024, while the Edge will finish production a year earlier.
To keep the Nautilus alive in the North American market, it could potentially be imported from China after it finishes production, or it could be scrapped for the US market altogether. It's also unclear if the Ford Edge will be renewed for another generation.