Lincoln Nautilus replaced the MKX in the mid-size crossover SUV segment. Interestingly, this is the first vehicle of that kind for the premium carmaker. Now, the lineup is expanded and the manufacturer has representatives in all segments. It was not so easy to catch up with types of SUVs with the old MK- nomenclature. The carmaker renamed all of them, while some new models appeared as all-new units. The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus is not so new since the redesign didn’t start a new generation.
The upcoming model is not bringing any radical changes. Designers will focus on details. A new trim level is possible, but it is not going to beat stuff we get with the Black Label package. Currently, the SUV is available in two other trims – Standard and Reserve, while the manufacturer dropped the Select package for the 2020 season. The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus could bring it back, or add some more luxurious bundle of features.
Further changes are expected under the hood. There are two turbocharged four-cylinder powerplants available, but the Lincoln could add a hybrid setup. Larger Aviator is already available in such form and further electrification is expected by the premium brand.
Accessories, Trim Levels, Optional Packages
The entry-level package for the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus is Standard. This bundle includes advanced features for the CoPilot360 safety system (blind-spot information system, lane keep assistance, automatic collision brakes, a rearview camera, auto high-beam headlamps). Even the base model is using the most popular services for smart device integration – Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Reserve trim is upgrading the interior with leather upholstery and eye-catching details. Well, it is a $7,500 upgrade. If you are willing to spend extra, you will get hands-free tailgate and navigation. Moonroof becomes standard, while the carmaker installs Revel premium audio with 13 speakers.
The company also offers additional packages that will boost interior or exterior appearance. CoPilot360 Plus is worth $3,000 and it adds adaptive cruise control, forward sensors, and park assist. Ultimate package brings 21-inch wheels and Revel audio with more speakers. Trailer package improves the towing capacity to 3,500 pounds.
2021 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label
The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label is top of the class trim with premium options and the highest price. It is $15,000 more expensive than Reserve. Well, CoPilot360 Plus is standard, as well as other additional packages previously mentioned. The premium bundle also adds adaptive suspension for a smoother ride.
The Black Label SUV is available in three interior themes. Gala model is using silver combinations. Alpine leather covers the most interior surfaces. Unique perforation is prepared for seats. Alpine Alcantara is the headliner, while carpets and floors are in contrasting espresso color. Chalet changes the main colors combination to Armor Aluminum. Onyx leather replaces Alpine, while seats are using Carmine leather and Linking perforation. The Thoroughbred Theme uses Chilean Maple Open Pore appliqués, Jet Black with Chestnut paints, and Alcantara accents for the headliner and floor carpets.
A couple of turbocharged units are available for the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus. Still, you won’t get some advantage in the fuel economy, no matter which is your option. With 23 mpg combined, it seems that mid-size SUV could be more efficient with a naturally-aspirated V6. However, it is not going to happen soon. If you want V6 power, you can always pick a larger Aviator.
The base engine is a 2.0-liter displacement. Turbochargers help this four-pot unit achieve 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is sending power to front wheels, while the AWD is optional. Also, you will need Trailer Package to get 3,500 pounds of maximum towing capacity.
A 2.7-liter unit improves power outputs. It is more efficient on the road than the smaller block, returning 27 mpg. Also, the all-wheel drive is the only system available for this powertrain. The small V6 is coming with the start/stop system, which can be disabled if it annoys you.
2021 Lincoln Nautilus Hybrid
Fuel economy is the major downside of the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus. A four-cylinder engine is returning 23/22 mpg with FWD/AWD, while a V6 is also in this area. The only solution to improve the gas mileage is to launch the hybrid version of the SUV. Well, Aviator is larger than Nautilus, and it takes advantage of the combination between a V6 petrol engine and a hybrid setup. However, we won’t see a five-seater with nearly 500 hp.
Pricing, Release Date
Compared to other mid-size SUVs, the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus is not so expensive. A two-row model starts at $41,000 and the Reserve package costs $48,500. The MSRP of the Black Label model is $65,000. That is already the realm where we can meet full-size luxury SUVs, such as Infiniti QX80.
We will know more about hybrid and extra trim levels when the new vehicle hits the market. You will have to be patient since it is not going to happen before the last quarter of 2020.