We can soon wave goodbye to the Lincoln MKX, and hello to its replacement. The all-new 2019 Lincoln Nautilus.
Lincoln is renaming its best-selling midsize SUV as it begins phasing out the brand’s confusing MK-based naming system. The MKX is passing the baton as it prepares to go out on a high note. Lincoln says it’s on track to deliver its best sales year since it was introduced in 2007.
2019 Lincoln Nautilus
When the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus arrives next summer it will do so with a new, bolder, front end that aligns it with other new Lincoln models like the all-new Navigator and Continental. We’re talking a new grille and wheel options.
Two New Turbocharged Engines
Lincoln is also giving the Nautilus a power boost over its predecessor. The previous 303-horsepower MKX V-6 is gone, replaced with an all-turbocharged engine lineup. The available 2.7-liter engine delivers an estimated 335-horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. The standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine knocks horsepower down to an estimated 245-horsepower. Both engines include standard Auto Start-Stop capability, plus an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The cabin is 100% Lincoln. Comforts include a leather-wrapped, hand-stitched steering wheel. Ultra Comfort Seats adjust up to 22 ways and, of course, offer lumbar support. (So if you just can’t get comfortable, it’s probably you.) If you top for the Reserve trim you’ll bask in heated or cooled seats.
The Nautilus also benefits from Lincoln’s outstanding 13-speaker or 19-speaker Revel sound system. I’ve witnessed it on more than one occasion and the audio quality is fantastic. Engineers also added acoustic side glass to reduce noise in the back for rear passengers. Lincoln touts overall less road noise as well due to other engineering enhancements.
There is now a 12.3-inch fully configurable digital instrument driver information cluster. Other interior tech includes a wireless phone charging pad for compatible smartphones, pushbutton start, and Ford’s SYNC 3 system.
Overhead it comes with the Continental’s panoramic sunroof.
Lincoln-First Driver-Assist Technology
The Nautilus offers a suite of safety tech. Two new available technologies are making their Lincoln-first debut.
- A new lane-centering feature pairs lane-centering tech with adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality to help subtly maintain the vehicle’s position in its lane.
- Ford’s Evasive Steer Assist is designed to help the driver steer around a vehicle if it there’s not enough room to brake and a collision seems imminent.
Lincoln Black Label
Lincoln Black Label is, of course, available if you want to be a member of that club. Aside from membership special privileges, it gives you the choice of three different premium themes: Chalet, Thoroughbred, and all-new Gala, inspired by the New York Met Gala.
The new Nautilus goes on sale next summer. Pricing is still to be announced.
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