Lincoln is making a reasonably hard push now that the seven-passenger Navigator has been well received. So here’s the new 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, that replaces the MKX. One update over the MKX is that displacement drops; the largest engine is a 2.7-liter engine, but it actually delivers more juice than the outgoing V-6, with 335 horsepower and 380 lb. ft. of torque. The smaller mill is a 245hp turbocharged two-liter four; both get automatic stop-start and are mated to eight-speed drivetrains.
Of course, power is less the point these days than luxury marques competing on tech, and Lincoln is pushing not just lane-keeping but lane-centering, so the likelihood of the nannies letting you drift off course is reduced. We’ll have to wait and see; one major critique of Tesla is just this sort of technology, because actually allowing the car to drift alerts the driver that they are, in fact, still in charge.
We like the look of the Nautilus (and the fact that Lincoln is slowly moving away from alphabet soup naming), although the dash doesn’t look as slick as what Lincoln is doing with Navigator, where a real emphasis on keeping view expansive and the switching and dials emphasizing that perspective. Still, they’re moving away from wood trim toward something cleaner and simpler, the seats look great, and Lincoln has clearly managed to push Ford toward better paints and higher quality overall—all very good things.
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