The mid-size luxury crossover has been around for just a couple of years and several sources already suggest changes. The reason is simple, as we are actually talking about a model that is essentially a refreshed MKX, which has been around since 2015. Therefore, the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus refresh seems like a very possible thing. While the company is still quiet on this matter, rumors say we are about to see novelties in terms of the styling. More precisely, we are about to see the new front end.
On the other side, the rest of the vehicle is about to remain untouched. This means you may count on the same mechanics, as well as on a pretty much same interior design. Of course, novelties in terms of standard equipment are always expected. However, the engine lineup is about to remain the same. Despite the rumors, the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus release date will probably be scheduled for the last quarter of the year.
2021 Lincoln Nautilus Changes
When it comes to 2021 Lincoln Nautilus changes, sources like Ford Authority suggest we could see a new front fascia. Allegedly, the new version would come with revisions on parts like grille, headlights and bumper, all in order to match the brand’s design language even closer. However, the company is still quiet on this matter, so we suggest you to take these reports with a reserve. After all, the arrival of Nautilus was essentially nothing more than a major facelift of the MKX.
The new nameplate has brought a completely new styling but the mechanical aspect of the car remained pretty much the same. We are still talking about the model that rides on a good-old CD4 platform and shares most of its parts with Ford Edge. Given the fact that this is essentially a model from 2015, we presume that the current generation will carry on for the 2021 model year without bigger changes.
The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus redesign definitely won’t happen. A new front fascia is also under question. On the other side, we are pretty sure about the cabin design, which is about to remain the same for the next year. We are talking about a mid-size crossover that isn’t necessarily a family hauler. Therefore, it comes with two rows of seats only. A great thing to know is that both rows are quite generous in terms of space and offer a pretty high level of overall comfort. The cargo area is also more than decent. You may count on about 37.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats.
On the other side, the dashboard design definitely shows its age. Despite that materials are really fine, the aesthetics definitely belong to the previous generation of Lincoln models. That’s why we feel many rivals feel fresher in this aspect. Still, we would say once again that the quality of materials is really, really good.
Of course, every model year brings novelties in terms of standard equipment, so we don’t expect anything different from the 2021 Nautilus. Still, we don’t expect anything drastic to happen either. Each trim level will probably come with a couple of additions, but most of the things are about to remain the same. Therefore, base models are about to come with tech goodies like dual-zone automatic climate control and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, an 11-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and two USB ports. That’s a quite decent list, which can also be expanded with goodies like navigation, panoramic sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system, a 13- or 19-speaker Revel audio system, HD Radio, wireless device charging etc.
When it comes to safety goodies, the current model comes standard with things like a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. Things like a surround-view parking camera system, front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, evasive steering assist and park assist are also available.
2021 Lincoln Nautilus Engines
Things under the hood will definitely remain the same. Therefore, you may count on a choice of two familiar engines. Base models come with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 250 horsepower. Those who are looking for something peppier can pick a 2.7-liter turbo-six, which is good for quite respectable 335 horsepower. Both engines come in pair with 8-speed automatic transmission.
When it comes to fuel economy, the base model returns around 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, while the V6 is good for about 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
2021 Lincoln Nautilus Release Date and Price
We expect to see this model on sale sometime in the last quarter of the year. The base price should go around 42.000 dollars. Of course, Cadillac XT5 is the closest rival. Still, we should also mention models like Infiniti QX60, Volvo XC90, Audi Q7 etc.