Lincoln’s new Nautilus SUV

Hallelujah. No, that’s not a name of a latest Lincoln newcomer. Though it could be. Right now, Lincoln is on a roll, introducing a engorgement of rarely appealing new trucklettes, and hallelujah, ditching all those treacherous MK badges.

The newest iteration, due this summer, is a gorgeous, all-new three-row Aviator, that replaces a unloved MKT. It’s a best-looking new Lincoln yet. Next adult is a Corsair – adore that name – that will reinstate a compress MKC in early 2020.

But attack a marketplace right now is a 2019 Nautilus I’ve been driving. It’s a deputy for a prior MKX, ornate with a new face, new engine and, finally, ditching that vitriolic MKX badge. we never did figure out either it stood for MK eX, or MK10, or MK Cross.

In this flattering swarming territory of a market, a Nautilus – labelled from $41,000 to, yikes, only over $70,000 – will boundary heads with some challenging opponents, including a Lexus RX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Cadillac XT5, Mercedes GLC and Volvo XC60.

Naturally a Nautilus comes with that new-generation Lincoln grille we’ve seen on a Continental sedan and XXL-sized Navigator. we can’t contend I’m a fan; we still adore a aged split-wing grille To me this new chronicle gives a crossover a somewhat sour, turned-down-mouth look. Think four-year-old told to go to bed early.

Those new LED headlights demeanour flattering cold though, along with a pencil-thin daytime using lights, and all that shimmery chrome. There’s a good re-work during a back too, with new spare LED lighting. Overall it’s a flattering stylish look.

Pop a hood and left is a bottom 3.7-liter V6 of a MKX; in a place is Ford’s feisty 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder. It’s good for 250 horseys, yet that’s utterly a dump from a aged V6’s 303-hp.

Crave some-more oomph? Then opt for a carry-over 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 that cranks out a meatier 335-hp and 380 lb-ft or torque. To me, it’s $2,000 ascent well-spent.

Both 4-cylinder and V6 are now corresponding to Ford’s new 8-speed automatic, in place of a aged 6-speed. And both are accessible with customary front- or all-wheel-drive – a $2,495 option.

What I’m piloting is a highfalutin’, top-of-the-line Nautilus Black Label powered by that Teflon-smooth 2.7-liter turbo V6 with all-wheel drive. Close to $70-grand unequivocally nicely-loaded.

The Black Label spec unequivocally rises this mid-size sport-ute into Mercedes and Audi country, with a lovely, fancy-stitched  seperated leather, suede-like Alcantara headliner, singular timber and aluminum trim.

Want to go a whole 9 yards? Then splurge another $1,500 on a Lincoln’s Ultra Comfort front seats. These are 22-way-adjustable, heated, ventilated, have a massage feature. La-Z-Boys aren’t this comfy.

In a back there’s a good volume of space with copiousness of  kneeroom and headroom. A good hold is a recumbent backrest, along with a outrageous breathtaking Vista sunroof that floods a cabin with light.

As we competence expect, a new Nautilus is packed with new tech. There’s now a intelligible 12.3-inch potion shade customizable instrument arrangement in front of a driver, and a executive 8-inch arrangement in a core with pinch-to-zoom functionality. But sorry,  8 inches for a arrangement is approach too tiny for this category and cost point.

As for driving, this new Nautilus embraces Lincoln’s ‘quiet luxury’ mantra. Double-glazed side potion and combined sound-deadening element keeps a cabin hushed, while a turbo V6 is quieter than a sleeping baby.

Yet this is no snooze-mobile when we fist a throttle. The responsiveness of a transmission, joined with 335 horseys, punches a Nautilus off a line with slingshot immediacy. Select ‘Sport’ from a 3 expostulate settings, and a engine will respond faster and a steering turn weightier for a some-more involving drive.

No, a Nautilus isn’t as energetic or flexible as, say, a Mercedes GLC, BMW X3 or Audi Q5, though it’s still a lot of fun with a low physique roll, nicely-precise steering and Fixodent-like grip.

Add to all this a advantages of Lincoln ownership, like a giveaway pick-up and lapse for servicing, giveaway loaner, and four-year/50,000 upkeep devise should safeguard this new Nautilus will  really boyant your boat.

 

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