2019 Lincoln Nautilus Is The Facelifted MKX

After waiting all day for Lincoln to show us that mystery vehicle they teased us with yesterday, the 2019 Nautilus SUV has just surfaced on YouTube ahead of schedule.

All we knew until today was that this new model was meant to “make a lasting impression”, and that it was going to be on display in LA next to the 2019 MKC. What we’re finding out though is that the Nautilus isn’t exactly all-new, but rather an update for the MKX.

The new name also brings with it a new design, where the front end resembles a Continental’s, which does help make the SUV look a little more elegant. The rear end however hasn’t been changed significantly.

In similar fashion to the 2019 MKC, the Nautilus also features a more traditional grille rather than that winged designed you saw on the 2018 MKX. Meanwhile, its headlights are smaller and no longer make contact with the grille, as they did before the facelift.

Inside, the changes are subtle, yet they’re there if you look close enough. For starters, there’s a new steering wheel, noticeably different than the one found on the 2018 MKX or even the new 2019 MKC. It features a clearer three-spoke design, and a new layout for the multifunction buttons. New trims, materials and colors are also to be expected, and the digital gauge cluster is a strong 2018-worthy addition.

As for the engine range and full list of features, we should know more about the Nautilus once Lincoln sends out the press release. Keep in mind that the MKX currently makes use of a 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine, and a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6.

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  • Dennis Scipio

    Well this is kinda disappointing, I thought it was going to be a new vehicle not a name change and a facelift for an existing vehicle.

  • gor134

    I like it, but it didn’t leave a lasting effect on.me like they advertised.

  • Zandit75

    Looks like a Kia Sorento.
    I actually like it in the darker wine colour, until you see the interior. Nope.

    • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      I like the wine-like interior color especially the seats because it is different from anything else. I like it a lot and it looks much better than any Cadillac interior, period.

      • Zandit75

        As mentioned above, I’m not a fan of the blue interior’s on the Continental either. I also hate BMW’s bright red interiors that are featured on this website way too much. This interior looks dated, it’s not as luxurious as I would expect. It’s got nothing on the new Navigator’s interior.

        • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          I somewhat agree. I am a fan of the all-new Lincoln Continental rhapsody blue interior. It has a retro and classic appearance that separates it from other ordinary color choices. I don’t think the interior looks dated. It is just your opinion, as well as mine but I think Lincoln’s interior is a step up from the previous years.

          • Zandit75

            I’m probably not the best critic, since I live in Australia, we don’t have access to the Lincoln range, so I can’t compare to previous models etc.

          • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            I live in the United States ?? and I cannot fathom living anywhere else. But Lincoln has come far and I am giving credit when it’s due.

      • Ishliss

        Much better than any Cadillac? Obviously haven’t sat in a XT5. ALL Lincoln interiors other then new navigator and continental share almost the exact same bland boring plastic covered center console. I work for a Lincoln dealer and its honestly embarrassing trying to sell these 2017s with 2013 interiors. Lincoln has made huge strides on their exterior, but interior is still very outdated.

        • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          I have sat in a Cadillac XT5 (not my cup of tea) never will it be, but it was quite nice and then there was the GM skinflint-like ways when it come to the lower surfaces of the console and doors that are less “upscale” and more Chevy parts bin w/hard touch and flimsy-like plastics. The center stack is aligned in low-rent like materials and the stitching on the front seats were unevenly crafted and there were rough plastics surrounding the bottom portions of the doors.

          I test drove a 2017 Cadillac Escalade Platinum, a step above my 2015 Cadillac Escalade Premium and it felt just like a Yukon Denali and the materials inside the Platinum trim isn’t too much better than my 2015 Escalade. There are uneven and rough edges inside the Escalade and the overhead has a lot of Chevy’s Tahoe parts in it. Speaking of outdated, GM is still offering column shifters and it is nearly 2018. That is embarrassing.

          • Ishliss

            Its funny you bring up parts bin materials, because you will find Ford parts in the same Lincoln. Like I said, I work for a Lincoln dealer and its embarrassing trying to pass the interiors off as 2018s.

          • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            But you’re not understanding GM is doing the same exact same thing, though.

          • Ishliss

            I didn’t say GM doesn’t, I was just pointing out your gripe with GM is the same with Lincoln.

          • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            No you didn’t. You said just as clear as day, ” . ALL Lincoln interiors other then new navigator and continental share almost the exact same bland boring plastic covered center console.”

            I had to point out the flaws GM has to let you mentally grasp the same ideologies GM does what you had said about “Ford.” And your gripe w/Ford is the same w/GM.

        • Bullitt2605

          I haven’t sat in an XT5 but I have looked at them. Like all Cadi’s it’s way over styled and in it’s case to tall and short.

    • mccarluvr123

      Why not? So much better than grey/black/beige that most automakers offer.

      • Zandit75

        I’m not a fan of the blue interior on Lincoln’s Continental either. Looks like it won’t age well.

        • brn

          I agree, but having something a little different is a good marketing move. Draws attention. Then people go out and buy grey / black / beige.

  • Victor Ferreira

    Exterior looks pretty good. Interior, particularly the center console, still looks plastic-y and cheap.

    • Merc1

      Bingo. My thoughts exactly.


    • Nihar

      They should have gone with the entire dashboard from the Navigator. I guess this is a refresh not a redesign, though.

  • SgtBeavis

    1. I’m glad to see the continuing death of the alphanumeric naming convention.
    2. The new Lincoln grill works well here (as it does with every Lincoln so far)
    3. I would like to see more interior cues from the Conti and Navigator. This feels upscale but not luxurious.
    4. It’s nice crossover but I’m not seeing anything here that makes me want it.

    • Merc1

      Another spot on post. I agree with every word.


  • Elitist Snob

    Mildly disappointing name. Was hoping they would resurrect a former nameplate and give it more youthful sport vibe. Like the Lincoln Quicksilver, or the Lincoln Sport.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    The interior is way too depressing for me to want it. Sadly, it looks so good.

  • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I see a lot of Audi in some pictures featuring the white MKX, although in some picture it is kinda mediocre, but in that wine-like color w/those wine-like colored seats, this MKX is stunning w/some cheap parts on the interior lol.

    • Nordschleife

      It does vaguely give me a first gen Q7 vibe.

  • Nihar

    Beautiful, even though not entirely new.

  • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I thought it was the all-new Lincoln Aviator, though. But I should have known that vehicle won’t debut until next year based the fact it will be connected with the next Explorer and the next CD6 platform from Ford.

  • Toronado_II

    They try to make people confused or what ? This incessant change in nomenclature only demonstrates the lack of vision of this company.

    • Elitist Snob

      Quite the contrary; if anything I think this indicates they are learning and adapting.

      • JP

        Agreed. The MK nomenclature and the insistence of the Germans to use number and letter designations just didn’t work for Lincoln. I think the change back to conventional names shows a clear direction as the company moves forward.

  • pjl35

    So…why would they introduce facelifts to both the MKX and MKC…but only give one a new name??

    • JP

      My understanding is that the MKC will get a new name when it’s fully refreshed (as will the MKZ). Lincoln decided not to change too many names at once (changing the MKC and MKX in the same month might make it more confusing for consumers). New names are coming, just not all at once…!

      • pjl35

        Seems that they should’ve waited on the MKX then as well. Seems sloppy otherwise.

  • Status

    Lincoln: now with even an more disorganized naming convention!

  • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I can’t wait to see the Superbowl commercial featuring the all-new Lincoln Navigator. 450 horsepower and 510 lbs. ft. of torque. I am so sold.

  • Six_Tymes

    This looks Very Good. I would like to see a review

  • Jonathan Garcia

    I preferred the red taillights. I also don’t like those led strips under the headlights.

  • Gerald Michael

    Nice to see Lincoln keeps dropping those ridiculous MK? names (so what happened with the MKC?), but where’s the “lasting impression” part?

  • TrevP

    Sort of disappointed its not the Aviator. But deep down, I knew this would happen. MKX was the only model they hadn’t face lifted yet.

  • Nordschleife

    Why does this get a new name and the MKC doesn’t? I did think this would be a new vehicle though but I have to say I like Nautilus as Aviator was to close to Navigator.

  • jaykit

    Can this compete with the current offerings from Volvo, BMW, Audi and MB?

    The do like the new Navigator but not this in light of above.

    • ErnieB

      Nope.. why would you go with this when the others blow it out the water.. give me an xc60 any day..

      • Rocket

        The XC60, like all SPA platform Volvos, is seriously overrated.

        • jaykit

          Agreed but they sell. Avg time on the lot is still very low.

          • Rocket

            It’s new and extremely handsome. The sales pace will slow when the newness wears off. And when the XC40 arrives.

  • CJKnox
  • G82FS

    Good luck with that 2.7TT especially if it is still mated to the atrocious 6F55 transmission, nothing but sloppy shifts and blown bottom ends in the future…

    • JP

      Actually, it will have a new 8 speed transmission. The 6F55 will not be in the Nautilus.

  • CarbonPhiber

    So generic.. inside and out. Especially that new front. Are they trying to play it safe, or do they actually think this looks interesting? Because it just doesn’t. And those shapeless headlights.. is this really the best they can do? I’m no GM groupie, but you have to admit that Cadillac was way ahead of this with the release of the 2nd gen CTS .. back in 2008!

    • Liam Paul

      it makes me wonder why they claimed it would leave a lasting impression. Sales pitch in over drive

  • SamBamm

    Yea!! The ‘everything dyed maroon’ interior is back!
    I miss you, my long departed, all maroon 1978 Plymouth Fury

  • Jason Panamera

    New Lincolns exteriors looks pretty nice to me, including this one model but interior should be much more better. They got potential to do it.

  • Justin Ragland

    Like the name, very disappointed in the design.
    Lincoln needs to be far more aggressive with their offerings!

  • KSegg

    They’re going back to names now? So much for MK-whatever.

    • Althea Later

      At least they are keeping with the nautical and explorer themes… Mariner, Navigator, Explorer, Expedition, Excursion, Nautilus… what shall be next?

      • KSegg


        • CarbonPhiber

          HA!! LOL!

  • Liam Paul

    lol the only lasting impression is the lie that it would leave a lasting impression, it’s nice, even handsome looking but it also looks like every other SUV and there is nothing extra special to make a lasting impression. haha

  • Ishliss

    The interiors of Lincoln products (continental, navigator excluded) have ALOT of catching up to do. I do think Lincolns exterior design is very attractive.

    • ediotsavant

      I agree about the interior. This one looks like it came from a Fusion.

      • Ishliss

        You are correct, they are damn near identical in materials and design.

  • Althea Later

    A nice grille. Not sure it fits this vehicle though…

  • no25

    exterior is ok and the interior, as always, still is a Ford’s with chrome and more wood. awful.

  • john1168

    I like it! I think it looks great. Except for the headlights. They look like used bars of soap. The rear quarter view is it’s best view. Interior is really nice too.

    Is Lincoln STILL gonna use the old 6 speed auto in this??? I seriously hope not. This would be a good time to introduce a 9 speed auto…

    • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Lincoln may introduced their all-new 10-speed transmission. By far, the Navigator has outdone its competition entirely. I can really see some of those billions were used in the Navigator Black Label product.

      • john1168

        When I was at the NYIAS all eyes were on the Navigator. I won’t buy it but it was quite the suv.

    • JP

      No, the Nautilus will have a new 8 speed auto. The 10 speed is available in the 2018 Navigator though…


  • I love what Lincoln is doing, so much so my wife and I purchased the facelifted MKZ. I don’t get the interior comments. It’s a sleek design with nice materials and compares favorably to many cars in it’s price range.

  • I think Lincoln two piece grille looked good, this is boring, like for RAW a big pig nose… (with chrome). But who cares, I’m french and can’t buy either brand.

  • I think the pre-facelift version looked better. Something about the new grill seems off.

  • TheBelltower

    Well, it’s the best looking Lincoln SUV ever. So that’s something. But it sure isn’t pushing any boundaries, and another opportunity to make a splash that’s been completely squandered. It’s surprising that Lincoln would have these big design boogers on the doors after making the door handles on the Conti look so seamless. The RR Velar is much more clean looking.

    • cass

      well this is really just a refresh of the 2016 Lincoln MKX with the new name and the new grill. So, I don’t think this is an attempt to make a huge splash. That said, maybe Lincoln should have waited until they totally overhauled the vehicle to change the name…

      • JP

        While I don’t disagree that a new name seems odd for a refresh, my understanding is that Lincoln didn’t want to change too many names at one time. You’ll likely see the MKZ and MKC nameplates disappear over the next 2 years (one each year). Too many name changes at once might be even more confusing for consumers.

  • Patrick

    the push button trans selector as well as the rotary dials on other brands like jaguar, have to go

  • Raf

    Exterior looks good all they need to do now is fix that interior. center stack isn’t helping.

  • jsz00

    Interior plastics looks very cheap

  • Mark S

    LOL! Lincoln is pitiful. A new name without an all new vehicle. Sad! For me the current MKX looks far better.

  • Bob White

    The on-again off again naming scheme and styling direction, changes with every new marketing director at Lincoln, and is symptomatic of a flawed or the absence of a long-term strategy. The nautical theme is appropriate for a sinking ship without an identity. This brand is so dead, it should be featured in zombie shows.

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