In the world of mid-size luxury SUVs, this model stands out in a couple of ways. It is one of the most comfortable models in the class, while it is also quite affordable and easy to drive. The nameplate has been in use for a couple of years, though we are actually talking about a significantly reworked version of the last generation of MKX, which was introduced in 2016. So, we may conclude that the Nautilus isn’t particularly fresh, but isn’t too old either. That’s the reason why most reports suggest no bigger changes for the 2022 Lincoln Nautilus.
This means that you may count on a crossover that offers Lincoln’s traditional level of comfort. The ride is smooth, while we also like good fuel economy. Furthermore, we also like the large cargo area, while the list of standard and available equipment is pretty long as well. Since there are no bigger changes to come, we expect that the 2022 Lincoln Nautilus will arrive sometime late in the year.
2022 Lincoln Nautilus Design
In terms of base design characteristics, you may count on a familiar layout. This model shares a lot of parts with Ford Edge, including the powertrain. However, it is far more luxurious and offers things like premium suspension, which ensures one of the softest rides in the class. For that reason, handling isn’t particularly engaging and the overall performance is far away from sportier models in the class, such as Audi Q8 or BMW X5.
In terms of the styling, the 2022 Lincoln Nautilus will continue in the same way. This model follows the brand’s contemporary design language, which is characterized by a lot of elegant design solutions. That’s not the often thing these days on the market, where sharp lines dominate. Since this styling has been around for just a couple of years, we don’t expect changes before a complete overhaul. On the other side, we won’t exclude the possibility to see new color options in the offer.
This is definitely one of the model’s strongest points, especially if we consider the price tag. Therefore, the 2022 Lincoln Nautilus should definitely continue in the same way, with the cabin that features fine and soft materials, with a pretty good fit and finish. Also, we particularly like the sound insulation, which is fantastic and makes the ride super quiet. The cabin received a significant makeover last year and now feels more up to date, aligned with other Lincoln models.
The driving position is very good, while the front seats are massive and supportive. The second row offers plenty of legroom as well and feels better compared to the key rival, Cadillac XT5. Finally, there is the cargo area, which is also pretty impressive. You may count on about 37 cubic feet behind the second row and nearly 69 cubic feet of the total volume. That’s pretty good for a two-row mid-size luxury SUV.
There is always a chance to see a couple of novelties in terms of standard equipment. The last year’s interior update has brought a new, massive 13.2-inch infotainment screen, as well as a 12.3-inch infotainment screen. The list of standard tech goodies also includes goodies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, an 11-speaker audio system, and a 4G LTE–powered onboard Wi-Fi hotspot. Additionally, you can get goodies like navigation, wireless charging, rear-seat infotainment system etc.
When it comes to safety features, the list of standard equipment is pretty long. You may count on goodies 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. Additionally, you can get adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking camera system, front parking sensors etc.
2022 Lincoln Nautilus Engines
Changes under the hood definitely won’t happen. The 2022 Lincoln Nautilus will continue with the standard 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, which puts out around 250 horsepower. Driving dynamics are good and we are pretty sure that most drivers will be satisfied with this engine. More ambitious drivers can opt for a 2.7-liter V6, which features a max output of 335 horsepower. Both engines come in pairs with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which does a pretty nice job.
When it comes to fuel economy, the base turbo-four returns around 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is pretty good for the class. The options V6 is also good, with fuel economy that goes around 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
2022 Lincoln Nautilus Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2022 Lincoln Nautilus sometime in the last quarter of the year. As there are no bigger changes to come, we presume that the price will remain pretty much the same. The current model starts at around 42.000 dollars.