Lincoln to launch Nautilus SUV, replacing MKX

Lincoln to launch Nautilus SUV, replacing MKX

The long national nightmare of alpha-numeric names may be ending.

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November 30, 2017
By Robert Schoenberger
Cars/Light trucks Design

Cleveland, Ohio – In an all-out assault on the alpha-numeric naming structure that has plagued the luxury auto world for decades, Ford’s Lincoln luxury brand has given an upcoming sport utility vehicle an actual word for its name.

Available in the summer of 2018, the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus replaces the MKX 3-row SUV. The Nautilus boasts updated styling, an updated engine, safety technologies, and other features. Following the launch of the Continental sedan last year, it’s the second new Lincoln in recent years to get a name instead of a mashup of letters or numbers.

Lincoln President Kumar Galhotra says, “The technology in this vehicle is thoughtful and purposeful. We focused on bringing in innovative features to make each drive effortless for our clients.”

As with many mainstream cars and nearly all luxury models, the Nautilus includes a wide range of electronic safety features:

  • Lane-centering – pairs adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality to maintain the vehicle’s position in its lane using a combination of radar and cameras
  • Evasive steer assist – radar and cameras analyze the gap between slower-moving and stationary vehicles on the road ahead to lessen the risk of a rear-end collision; if the risk is high and there is insufficient space to avoid a collision by braking, the system helps the driver steer around the vehicle
  • Pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection
  • Blind spot information system
  • Active park assist
  • Lane-departure warning

Available engines are the 2.7L EcoBoost V-6 (335hp, 380 lb-ft torque) used in some versions of the F-150 pickup and a 2L 4-cylinder engine (245hp, no torque value disclosed). Both engines use an 8-speed automatic transmission and offer start-stop technology that shuts off the engines during long stops.

About the author: Robert Schoenberger is the editor of Today's Motor Vehicles and a contributor to Today's Medical Developments and Aerospace Manufacturing and Design. He has written about the automotive industry for more than 17 years at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio; The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky; and The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi.

rschoenberger@gie.net