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2019 Lincoln Nautilus Review

2019 Lincoln Nautilus Front Exterior
iKnowAuto Staff
It is not every day that a well-known car name simply ceases to exist. No more Lincoln MKX. Welcome, 2019 Lincoln Nautilus. In an effort to change the letter-only nomenclature for all of their cars, Lincoln has changed the name of their mid-size SUV to something more relatable - the Nautilus, which is Latin for a sailor. After customers dearly accepted the revived Continental nameplate, it was decided - the trend will continue with their models.
DEC 28, 2018

Better Looking Mid-Size SUV

Apart from getting a new name, the car we once called the MKX actually received a fine makeover. It is not an entirely new model, but Nautilus is a fine departure from the MKX. According to the executives, everything in front of the A-pillar has been modified. A new mesh grille, new headlights, new bumpers, and new styling details dominate. Robert Parker, Director of Marketing, Sales, and Service, actually said that the new face looks better on the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus compared to any other car they have introduced. It does look lavish, opulent and somewhat aristocratic compared to the previous MKX face. The rear, on the other hand, hasn’t been changed that much. New dark-tinted lights that span across the rear tailgate looks a bit better.

2019 Lincoln Nautilus Interior
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Interior
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Interior

Do Not Expect Anything Radically New on The Inside

The inside did not gain any radical transformations, but a few smart options to ease up the life for the occupants and the driver. Concealed wireless charging system, larger touch screen, 12.3-inch fully configurable digital instrument cluster are all new or at least updated. Although the design of the interior is the same as before, Lincoln tried to freshen things up a bit. New elements include more comprehensive ambient lighting, finer leather on the steering wheel and, for the Reserve model, Ultra Comfort seats. These can be adjusted in 22 different positions to provide the ultimate comfort. They can cool, heat, and massage. Coupling such luxury with that new ambient lighting and 19-speaker Revel® audio systems definitely creates a rather pleasant surrounding for long journeys.

Technologies helping with driving are numerous, like:

  • Lane-centering feature that pairs with adaptive cruise control
  • Evasive steer assist
  • Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection
  • Blind Spot Information System
  • Active park assistance
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keeping aid
  • Auto-hold feature
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Front Exterior
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Front Exterior

Obviously, this is a luxury car

You, however, wouldn’t think it is considering its entry-level version is powered by a small four-cylinder motor. Two-liter turbocharged unit develops 245 HP with an Auto Start-Stop capabilities and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Two-liter is not the only engine option though. The same Auto Start-Stop and eight-speed automatic setup is part of the 2019 Nautilus with the 2.7-liter turbocharged engine. This one delivers healthy 335hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. The reason for the smaller engine offering is probably due to the fact that 2019 Lincoln Nautilus will be one of the most important Lincoln cars in China, where two-liter, four-cylinder engines aren't nearly as expensive to insure and register than higher-displacement ones. After all, China is the prime market for Lincoln.

Regardless, the car is definitely well suited for America as well. Especially considering its top-notch Black Label version. Lincoln Nautilus Black Label provides a “unique personalized experience.”

2019 Lincoln Nautilus Front Exterior
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Front Exterior
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Front Exterior

Black Label Service for the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus

Apart from a number of designer themes inside the cabin and special luxury add-ons, the Black Label offers awesome membership privileges.

Lincoln presented the three Lincoln Black Label themes in great detail:

  • Chalet, new for Lincoln Nautilus, evokes the contrasting pleasures of pulse-pounding mountain slopes and the inherent comfort of an après-ski lodge. With Espresso and Alpine Venetian leathers and deep Silverwood appliqués, each touch is designed to awaken the senses”
  • Thoroughbred celebrates the distinguished and elite lifestyle of horse racing, offering a reflection of traditional American history. Rich Venetian leathers capture the spirit of the equestrian life, while Chilean Maple wood, Alcantara® accents, and Jet-Black trim carry the excitement throughout”
  • Gala, inspired by haute couture at New York’s Met Gala, features seats draped in a deeply hued and elegant Carmine leather complemented by Onyx leather and an Alcantara headliner. Handsome Nouveax Armor aluminum accents bring a lightness to the cabin, with a luster magnified by the available panoramic roof.”

However, the membership includes “annual vehicle detailing, anytime carwashes, and access to a select list of restaurants where noted chefs will provide an at-your-service dining experience.”

Additionally, if you own a 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, the company provides “Pickup and Delivery service, a six-month complimentary CLEAR membership, allowing owners to speed through security at participating airports and major arenas nationwide.” Black Label owner? Membership ramped up to a 12-month period.