After the last year’s update, which has brought a completely new interior design, we are pretty sure that the 2022 Lincoln Nautilus will be a typical carryover model. Although it’s not the freshest model on the block, we believe that the current generation can remain competitive for some more time, before complete overhaul. Therefore, the next year should bring no more than minor updates regarding the standard and available equipment.
All in all, you may count on a mid-size crossover that still has a lot of good things to offer. We like its comfortable ride, as well as the good-looking cabin. Also, we really like the infotainment system, particularly the large 13.2-inch touchscreen. On the other hand, the handling is probably the weakest point of this car and anyone who wants at least a bit of a sporty ride should avoid this crossover. Also, the fuel economy could be better.
Since there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2022 Lincoln Nautilus will hit the market sometime late in the year.
2022 Lincoln Nautilus Redesign
This model has been around since 2019. However, its base design is pretty similar to the MKX, which was produced before Nautilus arrived. The new crossover uses the same platform and features a lot of the same mechanical parts. On the other side, the styling is completely new, adapted to the brand’s latest design language.
The most interesting part of this crossover is definitely its suspension setup. It is incredibly soft, designed for nothing but comfort. We really like its plush ride but such a suspension setup also means that you won’t get much regarding sporty handling. Moreover, this crossover is everything but engaging to drive and anyone who looks for a little bit of driving excitement should look at other models in the class.
This aspect definitely won’t bring changes. The reason is simple – the 2021 year model came with a completely new dashboard design, which closely resembles the rest of the lineup, particularly the Navigator. The new dashboard is characterized by a clean and mature design solution, while one of the highlights is a massive 13.2-inch touchscreen. The materials are much nicer than before, while the overall build quality is at a higher level too.
Other than the dashboard, the cabin looks familiar and that’s not a bad thing at all. This crossover comes with two spacious rows of seats, which accommodate five adults with ease. We particularly like the optional Ultra Comfort seats, which are even more massive and also offer massaging functions.
When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on about 37.2 cubic feet behind the second row and 68.8 cubic feet behind the second row. That’s quite respectable for the class.
Novelties in terms of new standard and available equipment are always possible but we don’t believe that too many things could change for the 2022 Lincoln Nautilus. So, the list of standard features should include goodies like a 13.2-inch touch screen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, Bluetooth, four USB ports, satellite radio, 10-speaker stereo, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, remote start etc. Among options, we expect to find goodies like a navigation system, wireless device charging, 13- and 19-speaker sound systems, rear-seat entertainment system with two 10-inch displays, panoramic sunroof, ambient interior lighting etc.
The same thing is expected with safety features. All models should come standard with a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic high-beam headlights. Additionally, we count on upgrades like adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking camera system, hands-free park assist, and front parking sensors.
2022 Lincoln Nautilus Engines
We have no doubt that the 2022 Lincoln Nautilus will continue with familiar engine options on the offer. So, base versions will feature a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 250 horsepower. While most drivers will be satisfied with the base engine, there is also an optional V6, which is way more capable. We are talking about a familiar 2.7-liter unit, which puts out around 325 horsepower.
Both engines come in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which does a pretty good job. When it comes to fuel economy, the base engine returns around 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The V6 is slightly thirstier and returns around 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
2022 Lincoln Nautilus Release Date and Price
Considering that there are no bigger changes to come, we presume that the 2022 Lincoln Nautilus will hit the market sometime late in the year. Price changes aren’t expected either, so base models should go around 43.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Cadillac XT5, Infiniti QX60 etc.