2019 Lincoln Nautilus First Look | Edmunds

2019 Lincoln Nautilus First Look

The bad news? The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus doesn't appear to be able to dive to 20,000 leagues. The good news? Giant squid attacks are much rarer on paved roads.

Lincoln has announced that it's abandoning its MK naming scheme. First up is the 2019 Nautilus, which is the new name for the brand's MKX midsize crossover SUV. Along with the new name come updated exterior styling, a change to the engine lineup and some new technology features.

The Nautilus adopts a bolder look up front. Most prominent is a new grille, which is similar to those found on the brand's latest vehicles such as the Continental and Navigator. Behind the grille is a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 245 horsepower. The previous 303-hp 3.7-liter V6 is no longer available. We're a little disappointed in the change since the four-cylinder would seem to be the same one used in the related Ford Edge SUV. But the MKX/Nautilus' upgrade engine, a 335-horsepower, turbocharged 2.7-liter V6, will remain an option. An eight-speed automatic transmission replaces the current six-speed.

On the technology front, the Nautilus gains additional driver aids and active safety features. Some of this we've seen before, including lane keeping assist designed to work in stop-and-go traffic. But the Nautilus will also receive Ford's new Evasive Steer Assist, a system that will attempt to help the driver steer around an obstacle on the road if there's room to spare and inadequate space for braking. The odds of you colliding with a giant squid will no doubt be even lower.

Pricing has not yet been announced, but Lincoln says the 2019 Nautilus will be available in dealerships starting summer 2018.

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