Although a fresh name in the business, the Nautilus is actually a restyled version of the MKX. The current generation of this Ford Edge-based crossover has been introduced a couple of years earlier, so it’s no wonder that some reports speculate about future changes. At this point, that doesn’t seem very likely, so the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus will probably come without bigger changes.
That means we may count on the same plush ride, which is probably the strongest point of this mid-size SUV. Drivers will also like solid mpg ratings and intuitive controls. On the other side, the lack of a sportier version seems like a big drawback, considering that we are talking about a premium crossover. Standard models aren’t particularly great when comes to handling and overall performances, despite that the options V6 ensures pretty solid dynamics. The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus is expected to hit the market sometime late in 2020.
2021 Lincoln Nautilus Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, there is nothing unfamiliar with this crossover. The company renamed the old MKX model, adapting it to the brand’s new naming policy. For that occasion, we didn’t see a completely new model, but rather a restyled version of the MKX. What the company did is adding a completely new styling, while the mechanical part of the vehicle remained largely the same, with the exception of a new engine.
Therefore, the Nautilus features a design that completely follows Lincoln’s new design language. Instead of a funny spread wing grille, there is a new one, as well as new headlights and several more parts, all designed in the same manner as Navigator and Continental.
It doesn’t seem very likely to see bigger changes on the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus. The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus is about to carry on with the design. The best we could see are new color options.
This is where we can clearly see that the Nautilus has clearly derived from the MKX. The cabin didn’t change too much, so you may find a familiar dashboard and the rest fo the design. Therefore, you may presume that this isn’t the model’s strongest point. The overall quality is good if we look at materials, which are mostly soft to the touch. On the other side, the dashboard isn’t something we would expect from today’s premium crossover. Most rivals look much better from the inside.
When it comes to interior space and comfort, things are pretty good. The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus will carry on with two spacious, adult-friendly rows of seats. We also like the seats, which are massive and comfortable. You may count on about 37 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. The overall cargo volume goes up to 68 cubic feet. Those are pretty typical ratings for the class.
This is the aspect where we might see some novelties. Still, we don’t expect to see anything significant, so the list of standard and available features should remain pretty similar. In terms of tech features, this means that base models will come with things like 8-inch touch screen, an 11-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB ports etc. Higher trims offer upgrades in terms of navigation, panoramic sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system, a 13- or 19-speaker Revel audio system, HD Radio, wireless device charging and more.
Also, there is a pretty respectable list of standard safety systems, which includes things like rearview camera, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. Additionally, you can get surround-view parking camera system, front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and more.
2021 Lincoln Nautilus Engines
Things under the hood will definitely remain the same. This means you may count on two familiar engines in the offer. Base models will carry on with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 250 horsepower. Such numbers are okay for a daily ride, but the options V6 seems like a much better choice. This unit delivers around 335 horsepower.
Both engines are coupled with the same 8-speed transmission. The base engine returns around 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, while the V6 is slightly thirstier and returns around 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
2021 Lincoln Nautilus Release Date and Price
Considering that there are no bigger changes to come, we expect to see 2021 Lincoln Nautilus sometime in the last quarter of 2020. Also, we don’t expect bigger changes in price. The current model starts at around 41.000 dollars. Those who want to get full experience can get upgrades in many ways, so range-topping models can cost you more than 64.000 dollars.