2021 Lincoln Nautilus will be a sanctuary inside company says
New tech features include 13.2-inch centre touchscreen and Sync 4
Powertrain lineup remains unchanged; no hybrid on the horizon
The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus unveiled last week has a new, more refined and more connected interior, more safety technology, and better infotainment. It hasn’t changed under the hood however.
Let’s take a look at what’s new in the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus, the company’s mid-size luxury SUV that will be very important in preserving Lincoln’s impressive sales growth.
What’s New About The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus?
The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus is a refreshed version of the current Nautilus as opposed to a completely new generation, but the changes are significant where it really matters: Inside the cockpit.
That’s where owners will spend most of their time and according to Lincoln, it’s going to be a sanctuary of comfort and calm. A new dashboard is meant to represent the “calmness” of the horizon, but more importantly it looks more modern that the current Nautilus which uses a centre console that’s been around for too long for a luxury vehicle.
Sitting on top of the new dash is a 13.2-inch centre touchscreen that’s larger than what you will find in the Cadillac XT6 or Lexus RX or the Nautilus’ German rivals from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW. The touchscreen houses Sync 4, one of the best multimedia systems in the business.
The system qui can curate your preferred music through SiriusXM 360L, and there are advanced voice commands to not only operate the system, but understand it as well. Over-the-air updates will allow the system to evolve and improve over time. Lincoln says the Sync 4 infotainment is differentiated from Ford vehicles through a “constellation theme”. The design is likely similar to what we see in the Aviator and Navigator which is to say clean and light, but modern at the same time.
No one can fault Lincoln’s recent interiors, especially in its larger SUVs and the Nautilus is finally differentiated from the Corsair which was a necessity for this mid-size luxury SUV.
Other tech includes the ability to use your mobile phone as a key (available on all 2021 Lincoln models) and Lincoln Co-Pilot360 as standard safety tech (blind spot monitoring, pre-collision assist with emergency braking, lane keeping assist and high beam assist). An available Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus system adds adaptive cruise control, lane centering, evasive steering assist, reverse brake assist, and front sensing.
What hasn’t changed are the powertrain options. The standard engine continues as a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 250 horsepower while an available 2.7-litre turbocharged V6 that delivers 335 horsepower. Lincoln says it has no plans for a hybrid option in the short term like it offers in the Aviator.
How Much Will The Lincoln Nautilus Cost?
Lincoln hasn’t announced pricing for the 2021 Nautilus just yet, but they should be coming. The current Nautilus is one of the most affordable models in its segment, and we expect the upcoming model to be in the low $50k range in Canada, and low $40k range in the US.
When Will The New Lincoln Nautilus Launch?
The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus will arrive early next year.
What Models Will Compete With The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus?
The Lincoln Nautilus competes in the mid-size SUV segment like its larger Aviator brother. The main difference is size. The Nautilus competes with smaller mid-size luxury utility vehicles like the Lexus RX while also having models like the Acura MDX, Buick Enclave, Cadillac XT6, Infiniti QX60, and Land Rover Discovery in its sights.
What Do We Think About The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus
We are big fans of the Lincoln Aviator and Lincoln Navigator. The previous Nautilus was disappointing because it didn’t feature any of the qualities that made its larger brothers great like the interior design. It also wasn’t as refined or comfortable as a Lincoln product should. From what we can tell, Lincoln has fixed that and the new interior is now worthy of the brand. In other words, Lincoln has improved the Nautilus’ weak points and the end result should be a more competitive product.