2019 Lincoln Nautilus is a renamed MKX with facial surgery

Features the new Lincoln grille, an all-turbo engine lineup and extra tech

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.

2019 Lincoln Nautilus is not actually a new model, but facelift and rebranding for the MKX which promises improvements in every single area over its predecessor, offering “technology that inspires driver confidence,” an all-turbo engine lineup and a superior feeling of luxury according to the manufacturer.

Powering the Nautilus SUV are a pair of turbocharged EcoBoost units: the base engine is a 2.0-liter with 245 hp, while the next step up is a 2.7-liter V6 with 335 hp. Both are hooked up to an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

Lincoln has infused the Nautilus with much more tech than before; features like the lane-centering feature which “helps subtly maintain the vehicle’s position in its lane,” adaptive cruise control and Evasive Steer Assist. The latter increases steering response and sensitivity when the car senses an impending obstacle to be avoided.

Styling-wise, Nautilus gets refreshed front and rear fascias. 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. Five new rim styles are also available.

Inside, the manufacturer doesn’t state what exactly it’s changed over the pre-refresh model, but aside from the steering wheel, new 12.3-inch configurable instrument cluster and optional 22-way power seats which Lincoln calls “Ultra Comfort seats.”

The manufacturer will at a later time add three Lincoln Black Label themes for the new Nautilus: Chalet, Thoroughbred and Gala. These are aimed at “clients seeking a unique personalized experience.”  It “not only provides premium materials in specially curated designer themes, but also offers a host of membership privileges. These include annual vehicle detailing, anytime carwashes, and access to a select list of restaurants where noted chefs will provide an at-your-service dining experience.”

The Nautilus was just unveiled ahead of the 2017 LA auto show and it’s set to hit showrooms in 2018 for the 2019 model year.

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