Lincoln Ditches MKX With 2019 Nautilus

Gwen Vasquez
November 30, 2017

Lincoln's midsize SUV continues to attract new clients to the brand, with a conquest rate of almost 40%. The Lincoln Navigator, a full-sized SUV, has always kept its name.

MKX has been one of the Lincoln's best selling models in recent years which is why the new Nautilus that replaces is important for the brand. Up front are completely redesigned full-LED headlights, the new Lincoln trademark grille, while the rear also gets a light nip and tuck as well as new light clusters.

The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus will arrive next summer.

Lincoln calls the Nautilus's interior new, but aside from the fact that its components were freshly manufactured this is a misleading characterization. Optional Ultra Comfort seats, developed with input from orthopedic surgeons, can adjust up to 22 ways and provide lumbar massage to reduce fatigue, especially on long trips. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard and soft material is used throughout the in interior. The infotainment system features available 13 and 19-speaker Revel audio systems.

Experimentation with ownership benefits, new purchase and service methodologies, vehicle subscription services (coming to California in 2018), and even personal drivers that will ferry you about in your own auto and run errands for you are demonstrating to Lincoln that affluent people increasingly care more about such experiences than they do possession of an object.

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The Nautilus also moves to an all-turbocharged engine lineup via a 2.7-liter, direct-injection, twin-turbo V6 making 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, or a standard 245-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. "The technology in this vehicle is thoughtful and purposeful". Even though executives such as Lincoln President Kumar Galhotra knew there was backlash, he was unprepared for the kudos the brand received when the MKS full-size sedan replacement brought back the Continental name.

A suite of new technologies for Lincoln Nautilus includes a lane-centering feature that pairs with adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality to help subtly maintain the vehicle's position in its lane using a combination of radar and cameras.

The other feature include pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, blind spot information, active parking assistance, lane-departure warnings and lane keeping assistance as well as an auto-hold feature that relieves the driver of keeping a foot on the brake pedal in stop and go traffic. Five new rim styles are also available. Lincoln is the only luxury automaker to provide Pickup and Delivery as a standard service for all its vehicles to save clients time and effort.

Lincoln is also experimenting with other services such as sales calls at the homes of potential customers and at home test drives as well as short-term subscriptions where a motorist can lease a vehicle on a month to month basis.

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