As confirmed earlier today with its leak, Lincoln has decided to ditch the MKX in favor of the 2019 Nautilus. Ford’s luxury brand is utilizing its mid-cycle enhancement on its midsize crossover to change away from its MK naming scheme.
The Lincoln brand has finally settled on a new exterior design language, which was rolled out with the return of the Continental sedan two years ago. As such, the luxury brand is quickly attempting to change over its existing models to the new face, as noted with the new Nautilus.
It’s grille and headlight treatment is poached straight from the Continental and Navigator. The new face is morphed onto the existing MKX body, which launched in 2016 model year. A new nameplate on the front doors (borrowed from the Continental) and a carryover rear fascia design round out the exterior of this new nameplate.
Despite the new name and face, the interior is still largely MKX. Effectively Lincoln has changed nothing on the interior, other than adding a new 12.3-inch LCD into the gauge cluster with Lincoln SYNC 3 technology.
Like the 2019 MKC, the Nautilus is also featuring the latest version of Lincoln’s active safety features, including pedestrian alert and evasive steering. The evasive steer assist system uses cameras and radar to gauge the potential of a rear-end collision and apply more aggressive steering to avoid a crash. If the driver does not initiate evasive steering, the Nautilus will apply emergency braking.
Like the interior, the Nautilus is keeping the same two engines the current MKX offers. This means a base 245 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder as the base engine, while a 355 horsepower 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 will remain optional. Both engines are adding two gears thanks to new eight-speed automatic transmissions.
The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus will go on sale in early 2018.