The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus is a five-passenger midsize crossover SUV that takes over for the MKX using a new exterior style. There’s a whole lot of standard equipment, to begin with. Each successive trim level unlocks various option packages, be it technology or luxury-oriented.
Previously referred to as the MKX, the most notable change to the midsize Lincoln SUV is a brand new name, Nautilus, relegating one more of Lincoln’s MK version names to the garbage. The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus features the newest grille also found on the Continental, Navigator, and MKZ.
Underneath the grille is a brand new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 250 horsepower which replaces last year’s 303-hp V6. The horsepower is unsatisfactory, but this motor needs to be more fuel-efficient. A 335-hp 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 remains available if you want more power.
Lincoln has also added some new technology and safety features to the 2019 Nautilus, like a digital gauge cluster and automated emergency evasive steering. The remainder of the car is pretty much unchanged.
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2019 Lincoln Nautilus Configurations Review
The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus is available in four distinct versions: Standard, Select, Reserve, and Black Label. Regardless of the model, each comes standard with the above-mentioned turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Standard
The base model Nautilus, which Lincoln calls standard, comes with an impressive selection of driver safety aids, including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot tracking, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
In the cabin are a digital gauge cluster screen, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, driver-seat memory configurations, heated front seats, and faux leather upholstery. Also standard is keyless ignition and entrance, an 8-inch central touchscreen using the Sync 3 connection, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, 4G onboard Wi-Fi, and a 10-speaker audio system with satellite radio.
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Select
Moving up to the Select gets you LED headlights and fog lights in addition to the Lincoln Embrace II bundle, which includes, among other items, a particular headlight start-up sequence and remote software upgrade capability. There is also leather seating surfaces, a power-adjustable steering wheel, a wireless charging pad, a standard Enhanced Security bundle, and auto-dimming outside rearview mirrors.
The Select also gives you access to that 2.7-liter V6 engine (335 hp, 380 lb-ft) and available adaptive suspension should you pick the all-wheel-drive alternative. More available options include a panoramic sunroof, a tow package, a Climate package (a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats), and an optional Revel 13-speaker sound system. Twenty-inch wheels are also offered.
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve
You get even more standard and optional equipment with the Reserve. Standard is 20-inch wheels, adaptive suspension, heated and ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and the 13-speaker Revel audio system.
Optional packages for this trim comprise a Driver Assistant package, with updated cruise control and adaptive steering with swerving aid; a Tech package, using a 360-degree camera, front parking sensors, and an automatic parking system; and the Ultimate package, with 21-inch wheels, upgraded LED headlights and a 19-speaker audio system. You may also get updated 22-way power front seats.
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label
The top-of-the-line Black Label is comparable to the Reserve, but it provides different paint and interior motif choices. The Black Label comes with what is effectively a private concierge and automobile maintenance support.
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Colors
- Rhapsody Blue. Rhapsody Blue.
- Ingot Silver Metallic.
- Ochre Brown Metallic.
- White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat.
- Infinite Black Metallic.
- Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat.
- Magnetic Grey Metallic.
- Ceramic Pearl Metallic Tri-Coat.
2019 Lincoln Nautilus Price
The Nautilus begins a bit above $40,000, which is among the cheapest base costs among luxury midsize SUVs. The best Nautilus trim, the Black Label, begins at only under $57,000.
Performance and MPG
The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus is available with a choice between two powertrains: a 2.0 liter I-4 making 255 hp, or a 2.7 liter V-6 generating 335 hp and 380 lb. ft of torque. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is optional on either motor.
Every 2019 Lincoln Nautilus comes standard with a detailed collection of active safety features, including automatic emergency braking, blind-spot tracking, evasive steer aid, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and help, a reverse sensing system, and post-impact braking, which prevents rollaway following an incident.
The 2019 Nautilus features room for five, though rear-seat passengers will find less headroom than those in front. Legroom is 42.8 inches at the front and 39.6 inches at the rear. No third-row option is provided, but Lincoln is preparing a bigger three-row SUV named Aviator for when the Nautilus is too little and that the Navigator is too large. Outback, the Nautilus can accommodate 37.2 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats up, and 68.8 cubic feet with the seats folded.
The 2019 Nautilus comes standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with integrated Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and SiriusXM. The Lincoln Connect feature adds 4G LTE connectivity and WiFi hotspot, while the Lincoln-Way app adds remote connectivity: parked car locator, remote start and climate control, remote lock/unlock and service schedule.
A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster can be obtained.
The restyled 2019 Nautilus is Lincoln’s welcome addition to a very competitive segment. It should give the competition a run for its money with a solid list of standard features in addition to an optional, powerful turbocharged V6 engine.