Change is in the air at Lincoln, with the brand’s lineup now largely updated for the 2018 model year, Lincoln has moved on to the task of eliminating its dated Mark based naming scheme. It has a long way to go, but the resurgent luxury car maker has gotten off to a good start with the surprise unveiling of the 2019 Nautilus CUV.
Undoubtedly inspired by Jules Verne and the submarine of the same name that made its appearance in Twenty Thousand Leauges Under The Sea, this land based Nautilus ventures into a new era for Lincoln. The exterior styling of the Nautilus is a tasteful update of the current MKX with the front fascia embracing a new grille and headlights. These changes look more upscale than before, and are a noticeable improvement over the old winged grille. The rear fascia is more restrained, but the clear look tail lights are a nice touch.
The interior of the Nautilus is a sleek and elegant space with the dashboard dominated by a 12.3 inch digital gauge cluster, while the hand stitched leather wrapped steering wheel and Lincoln’s shift by wire push select transmission preserves the brand’s core traits. Occupants will also be pleased with the 22-way adjustable Ultra Comfort leather seats that promise to create a sitting position that is both comfortable and beneficial, especially for the driver.
The Nautilus also comes with beefy performance credentials to backup its svelte looks. No, it cannot send electric jolts through certain species of Giant Squid, but this Nautilus still manages to jolt the senses thanks to its two available engines. A 2.0 liter four cylinder engine is standard issue and is good for a healthy 245 horsepower, but buyers looking for more performance can opt for the 2.7 liter turbocharged V6 that brings 335 horsepower and an equally stout 380 lb-ft of torque to the open road. Both engines are mated to an eight speed automatic, and are paired with fuel saving Stop/Start technology, as well as available front or all-wheel drive.
Lincoln’s decision to pitch the Mark naming scheme was mainly due to the big updates that all of their models have received (especially the Nautilus) as well as name retention in the minds of potential buyers. Lincoln execs also confirmed that new names will be coming for the two remaining Mark named holdouts the MKZ and the popular MKC crossover, but we expect that to not take place for a few more years.
Pricing information was not released, but look for pricing to not venture too far from the current MKX which starts at $38,260 and went all the way up to $45,560 depending on trim level and options. It will be interesting to see how the new name will affect sales in the long term, but we’re confident that the 2019 Nautilus will still be a top choice in the large luxury CUV segment.