Lincoln Brings Back Names With 2019 Nautilus, A Continental-Faced MKX

Lincoln has taken the wraps off the all-new 2019 Nautilus at the LA Auto Show as a direct replacement to the MKX.

A mid-size luxury SUV, the Lincoln Nautilus will be available with two different engines. The entry-level one is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder delivering an estimated 245 hp. Sitting at the top of the range is a turbocharged 2.7-liter engine delivering 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. Beyond using forced induction, this engine also has direct injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and include Auto Start-Stop capability as standard.

From a design standpoint, there’s absolutely no mistaking the Nautilus from the SUV it replaces. In fact, its front fascia bares a striking resemblance to the Lincoln Continental and is characterized by a prominent chrome grille with distinctive headlights and LED daytime running lights.

In the cabin, Lincoln has implemented a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, hand-stitched leather steering wheel, and a large central touchscreen with SYNC 3 and supporting both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If customers want the best Lincoln can offer, Ultra Comfort seats can be installed up front, complete with 22 ways of adjustment. Both 13-speaker and 19-speaker Revel audio systems are also offered.

As you’d expect from a premium SUV of this kind, the Nautilus has a suite of safety and convenience systems. Among these are adaptive cruise control, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Information System, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping aid, active park assist, and an auto-hold feature that holds the car without the brake pedal.

Lincoln has also introduced its Black Label experience to the Nautilus. Beyond offering customers a range of membership privileges, Lincoln Black Label adds three distinctive interior and exterior themes to the SUV.

The first, dubbed Chalet, comes complete with Espresso and Alpine Venetian leathers and Silverwood accents. The second, coined Thoroughbred, aims to celebrate the elite lifestyle of horse racing and combines Rich Venetian leathers with Alcantara, Jet Black, and Chilean Maple wood accents. The third is Gala, inspired by New York’s Met Gala. It consists of Carmine leather, Onyx leather and an Alcantara headliner. A number of aluminum touches are also included.

The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus will reach Lincoln dealerships this summer.

Story has been updated with live images from the LA Auto Show


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  • Mark S

    A New Name deserves an all new platform. This doesn’t do it for me. Nice Burgundy color though.

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      Well it’s not the first time they did this. Remember Five Hundred / Taurus?

      • HUBEMX

        Zephyr – MKZ

        • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

          Well one could argue the “Z” in MKZ stands for Zephyr, lol.

          • Gabriel Eliezer Dela Paz

            It was. Before Lincoln switched to the MK scheme around 7-9 years ago, the car that became the MKZ was previously called the Zephyr.

      • pjl35

        Also Freestyle – Taurus X

  • Bash

    That is Not naughty at all..!!
    This is a disappointed guy right here.

    • Infinite1

      I see what you did there, applause

      • Bash


    • rover10

      I do not know why, this is a global product if only Ford knew it. Visually, this can hold its ground alongside any premium SUV Worldwide. Having not driven the current model, I can’t give an opinion, but visually this is much improved over the contrived frontend of the current offering.

  • ErnieB

    I think it looks better than the current one..

  • Denzel

    The mkc still has it’s same name even though it just got a facelift

    • Jay

      they ran out of time deciding on a cool new name.

  • MarketAndChurch

    That white one is going to look incredible in person.

  • Frank Yoster

    so……whats changes.? the name? poor lincoln

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    Centre stack just screams Fusion/Mondeo

  • LJ

    Me rikey.


    still waiting for new explorer

  • Infinite1

    At lease Lincoln brought names back instead of the weird and confusion MK-whatever moniker

    • Status

      Now it’s even less organized.

  • Nick099

    Not a fan of Lincoln as their designs always seem confused or tacky.
    However, this is definitely a step in the right direction. The exterior looks unified and consistent.
    The interior does not look bad at all. Not up to German/Japanese luxury standards though.

  • Craig

    VERY HAPPY to see a real NAME!! Although I would have preferred ‘Aviator’. But maybe that will go on something else. I really like the new Lincoln front end.

  • nauticalone

    The new grille and name definitely a step in right direction IMO. I think dashboard design needs improvement and I’d rather see traditional console mounted shifter or even dial (again console mounted – like Fusion or new Expedition) instead of push buttons. Otherwise this looks very nice to my eyes.

  • dumblikeyou2

    Dumb name.

  • SteersUright

    Very good looking but the entire center console looks so cheap, an unforgivable crime.

  • 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.

  • pjl35

    Why are there so many pics of the MKC included in the gallery?

    • Rocket

      I’m guessing they thought they were two different trim levels of the Nautilus, which is kinda sad. They look similar, but not THAT similar.

  • Kory H

    It may be best to not use the picture of the refreshed MKC as the main article photo talking about the Nautilus/MKX…

  • Gabriel Eliezer Dela Paz

    The picture at the beginning of the article is the 2019 MKC, not the Nautilus.

  • Craig

    I realize SUV’s are all the rage. But I’d still love to see Lincoln bring back the ‘Town Car’. And a boxy one at a that.

    • Carl

      I can’t agree more. All aluminum and RWD based, big and proud of it like an American luxury car should be! If aluminum and ecoboost works for Navigator then it’ll work for the Town Car!

      • Craig

        AMEN to that!!!!

  • Rocket

    The exterior styling is very well done. Looks $10k more expensive than the XT5.

    The center stack lacks elegance, but at least everything is there. Buttons matter!

  • TrevP

    They keep saying the Nautilus name is brought back, but I have no idea what the previous Nautilus looked like. Can someone please explain or post a pic of the last produced Nautilus?

    • TrevP

      It’s a new name isn’t it…

  • iKaizen

    I have to admit, I’m not a Lincoln fan but their new design language is looking sharp. It’s a very nice looking SUV, and would be a very good competitor. The name is pretty cool too.

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