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2019 Lincoln Nautilus Leaks Ahead of Reveal, Replaces MKX

2019 Lincoln Nautilus Leaks Ahead of Reveal, Replaces MKX

Lincoln’s surprise reveal for this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show is no longer a surprise. The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus has leaked out ahead of its planned reveal, showcasing a revamped version of the MKX crossover and (obviously) an all-new name.

A quick glance makes it obvious the name is the newest part of this Lincoln. The body panels and rear fascia are nearly identical to today’s MKX, but with a Navigator-inspired front clip design bringing the former MKX into today’s Lincoln design language.

Lincoln has made it clear recently that it is considering ditching its MK naming scheme in favor of real names once again, so this name change is not entirely surprising. What is a bit baffling is that the MKX has been renamed during its 2019 design refresh, but the recently-revealed 2019 MKC is sticking with its three-letter handle.

Ironically, the MKX has been on the market far longer than the MKC, launching in 2007. Its longer tenure on the market would suggest perhaps it has more name recognition and equity to lose by renaming it.

Expect further details on the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus to trickle out shortly.





 

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  1. arutherford
    MkC could easily be a reborn Lincoln Capri...

    Just saying...
    2b2
    ^ I've always had issues with the X's interior;

    when more pix come out, I hope to chop it (tho that's a serious pain)

    nsaporito
    I'm totally baffled that they changed the name of the MKX, but not the MKC.




    FLincmoco is still negotiating for the trademark-image to go with the OBVIOUS Name

    Andrew_L
    nsaporito
    There's nothing really wrong with the current MKX interior, but I'm a bit disappointed they didn't tweak it for the Nautilus.


    I would like to see more use of wood trim on it. I think the materials otherwise are great. I have had a few MKX loaners when bringing my Z in for service and always liked the interior. Just needs more wood.
    nsaporito
    Andrew_L
    Here are all the pics I could get from autoblog before it was pulled

    https://imgur.com/a/KJeju


    There's nothing really wrong with the current MKX interior, but I'm a bit disappointed they didn't tweak it for the Nautilus.
    Dequindre
    nsaporito
    That makes sense to me.

    Looking at it from a marketing budget perspective, it would be difficult to relaunch two vehicles at the same time...


    That may be another reason as well.
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