He is probably not the default choice in his category, he who pays for a certain immobility of the Lincoln brand against much more proactive rivals. The Nautilus nevertheless remains a very important model for Ford’s luxury division, which is affected by a poor performance in terms of sales. To rekindle the flame, Lincoln has completely revamped its interior with an emphasis on technology.
But first, let’s highlight the interesting remodeling work on the envelope, focusing on the seemingly longer muzzle. This allows him to better rub shoulders with the Aviator. Trend obliges, the horizontal lines of diodes are present as much at the front as at the back and Lincoln keeps the textured grille at the front, which is more imposing, for the build.
However, it is inside that the exercise tows this Nautilus elsewhere. The three-tier instrument panel hosts an 11-inch touchscreen in the foreground in front of a second screen that spans its full width. A line extending over the doors ensures harmonious visual integration. Lincoln also does not overlook the physical keys, which are always present on the control nacelle.
To drive it, Lincoln opted to ditch the optional 2.7L twin-turbo V6 for hybrid powertrain. It’s a 2.0L four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and CVT transmission. Power is increased to 310 hp. As standard, the Nautilus is still offered with a 250 hp 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder guided by an eight-speed automatic transmission.
As these numbers suggest, there is no emphasis on performance. The brand does not provide any data in this direction and specifies that the adaptive suspension is there to smooth, above all. Interestingly, this Nautilus is the manufacturer’s first model assembled in China — at the Changan Hangzhou plant — a sign of the brand’s popularity there. It will reach our continent early next year.