Lincoln's luxury brand Ford tends to be quite conservative these days, but it just made quite a bold move. In the last two decades, it has been fashionable for luxury brands to follow the German example of using alphanumeric codes instead of real names. Lincoln has finished with that.
The Lincoln Nautilus 2019 is the replacement for the Lincoln MKX (itself a derivative of the Ford Edge). Debuting at the Auto Show in Los Angeles 2017, the new crossover marks the departure of Lincoln from a strategy of alphanumeric names. The automaker currently uses the names Continental and Navigator for the sake of tradition, but everything else in its lineup has a fairly anonymous designation consisting of "MK" and a letter.
Along with the new name comes the new exterior design. The biggest change from the old MKX is a new front fascia that follows the Continental style stylistically. The rectangular grille and headlights are not the most distinctive design elements, but at least they look better here than in the recently lifted 2019 Lincoln MKC.
You can share a name with the world's first nuclear submarine, but the Nautilus has a much more conventional propulsion system. A 2.7-liter EcoBoost turbocharged V6 with 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque is transferred from the MKX. The turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine used in the MKC replaces the old 3.7-liter V6 in base models. With 245 hp and 275 lb-ft, it is less powerful than the old engine, but probably more fuel efficient. The Nautilus receives an eight-speed automatic transmission, with standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.
The interior is still recognizable as an improved version of the MKX cabin, but buyers at least get a decent set of toys. A 19-speaker Revel audio system and 22-position electric front seats are on the options list, and the Nautilus features a 12.3-inch reconfigurable instrument cluster display. Like other Lincoln models, the Nautilus uses Ford's original Sync 3 infotainment system, which includes compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The interior can also be disguised with different "Black Label" design packages, including one inspired by the Metute New York & # 39; s Met Gala.
Along with the launch of Nautilus, Lincoln is launching and expanding different services for customers. Starting in January, Lincoln's new owners will get a complimentary six-month membership for them and a second person at CLEAR, which will allow members to get through security more quickly at participating airports and stadiums. Customers who join the Lincoln & # 39; s Black Label program get one-year memberships.
Lincoln is also expanding a pilot program that allows customers to reserve a professional driver to drive them in their own cars. It was launched earlier this year in Miami and San Diego as Lincoln Chauffeur, but will be renamed Lincoln Personal Driver before an expansion to Dallas.
Finally, Lincoln is launching a car driver subscription service. Starting next year, drivers in certain parts of California will be able to pay a monthly fee and have access to a car when they need it, without actually committing to buying or leasing. The Lincoln Ford parent company already operates a similar service called Canvas, and Cadillac and Porsche also have their own subscription services.