Nautilus is a good name. MKX not so much. We therefore applaud Lincoln for using the refresh of his mid-size SUV to change his name to 2019 Lincoln Nautilus.
While the name Nautilus is new, the vehicle to which it is attached is not, really. This is essentially a facelifted version of MKX from last year, and as such, it already feels very familiar. The new front and rear fascias take their inspiration from the recently redesigned Lincoln, Continental and Navigator models, with prominent rectangular grilles featuring the same chrome pattern as the older brothers and sisters of the Nautilus. Curved headlights look like carbon copies of Continental lamps. but feel like a more natural fit to a vehicle the size of the Nautilus. They are sitting on top of a piece of glass that houses the flashing that this look comes from the browser, although we are not as sure it works here. The blinkers look like whiskers, giving the front of a car a feline look. At the rear, changes specific to Nautilus are reduced to a minimum, which is a good thing, since the MKX was still the most attractive from behind.
The update of the cabin is not so successful. While Lincoln has attached new and improved materials to the seats, the dashboard and the doors, he seems to have forgotten the central stack, which is still a large sheet of hard plastic and black with a touch screen in the middle . It is a wart on the face of an otherwise attractive interior.Figurative dermatological conditions aside, the cabin of the Nautilus remains a spacious and functional place. As this is a refresh, the interior dimensions of the Nautilus are identical to those of the MKX, which means that there is 39.6 inches of legroom in the second row. The Nautilus second-row folds are completely flat, but it is unclear whether this improvement impacts the MKX’s maximum 68.6 cubic foot capacity. With the second row in place, we expect no change in the 37.2 cu.
The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus has a lot of technology that works in its favor, starting with comfortable 22-way front seats that offer a wide range of adjustments and a massage function to reduce fatigue. A 19-speaker Revel sound system and a 12.3-inch digital dashboard support the ears and eyes. The standard Sync 3 infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Active safety equipment is an integral part of the Nautilus pack. While Lincoln has not released details on which technologies are standard on which trims, he announced that virtually all driver assistance technologies on the market will arrive on the Nautilus. Includes an adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function and a track centering system, evasive steering assistance, blind spot monitoring, front collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, active parking assistance and warning lane exit help.
The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus will offer two direct-injection turbocharged engines: a 2.0-liter, 245-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a 2.7-liter V6 engine with 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Both powertrains feature an automatic start / stop function, and whichever engine you choose, you’ll find it backed up by an eight-speed automatic transmission. The transmission, of course, is controlled by Lincoln’s vertical range of push buttons, an arrangement that could have drivers evoking visions of ordering the Red October.