Nau­tilus mid­size lux­ury SUV ex­plores de­sign

The Southern Gazette - - Saltwire Wheels - BY RICHARD RUS­SELL WHEELS

The lat­est Lin­coln con­tin­ues the much-ap­pre­ci­ated prac­tice of drop­ping the con­fus­ing nam­ing con­ven­tion. The 2019 Nau­tilus re­places the MKX.

Not only is the name new, much of the ve­hi­cle has been up­graded as well.

In ad­di­tion to ex­ten­sive plas­tic surgery, the five-pas­sen­ger, mid-size lux­ury cross­over gets a new driv­e­train, up­dated tech­nol­ogy and a suite of stan­dard safety fea­tures.

The re­place­ment for the best-sell­ing Lin­coln in the land, comes in two trim lev­els — Se­lect and Re­serve, at $52,450 and $57,350 re­spec­tively, in­clud­ing ship­ping.

Our neigh­bours to the south get two ad­di­tional mod­els, one at ei­ther end of the trim lad­der. They also get a front-drive ver­sion, while all-wheel-drive will be stan­dard here.

Ev­ery­thing from the A-pil­lars for­ward has been re­designed. The Lin­coln sig­na­ture mesh grill, first shown on the Con­ti­nen­tal, strikes you first. From there on back, through the fend­ers and hood you will no­tice a more rounded look. There is a strong sim­i­lar­ity to the out­go­ing model, but a more re­fined one.

Should you ap­proach at night, you will be greeted with what the com­pany calls “sig­na­ture Lin­coln light­ing” from the out­side and then once the door is opened.

The in­te­rior has been up­graded as well with the high­end ma­te­ri­als and fin­ish ex­pected of a lux­ury ve­hi­cle. Thanks to new seats, the 2019 Nau­tilus boasts more head and legroom, best in class ac­cord­ing to Lin­coln.

One op­tion sure to gar­ner in­ter­est from those with back prob­lems — Ul­tra Com­fort seats. Orthopaedic sur­geons were con­sulted dur­ing the de­sign to en­sure the seats help re­duce fa­tigue dur­ing long drives. They seats can be ad­justed up to 22 ways.

The cen­tre stack is dom­i­nated by a large colour touch­screen to con­trol the Sync3 in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem com­pat­i­ble with both Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto. A wire­less smart­phone charg­ing pad is also avail­able. The new Nau­tilus comes with a stan­dard em­bed­ded 4G mo­dem with Wi-Fi hotspot ca­pa­bil­ity.

Push but­tons for the trans­mis­sion are lo­cated to the left of the con­trol screen, and the driver faces a 31-cm con­fig­urable dig­i­tal in­stru­ment clus­ter

The 2019 Nau­tilus in­tro­duces Lin­coln Co-Pilot360, a suite of safety fea­tures bun­dled into a sin­gle pack­age rather than of­fered in­di­vid­u­ally as op­tions. It uses cam­eras and radar to mon­i­tor ac­tiv­ity to the front, sides and rear of the ve­hi­cle.

Co-Pilot360 will be stan­dard on all trim lev­els. It in­cludes blind spot de­tec­tion with crosstraf­fic alert, au­to­matic high beams, backup cam­era, and au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing with pedes­trian de­tec­tion.

There are two tur­bocharged en­gines for the new Nau­tilus, a 245-horse­power four-cylin­der and a 335-horse­power, 2.7-litre V6.

Both are mated to a new eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, with dif­fer­ent gear­ing for each en­gine. An au­to­matic start/stop sys­tem is stan­dard on both en­gines.

The base, front-drive, four­cylin­der Nau­tilus of­fered in the U.S. has a nine-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Built in Oakville, Ont., the 2019 Lin­coln Nau­tilus re­places the cur­rent MKX. It has a new four-cylin­der en­gine, a new trans­mis­sion, a suite of stan­dard safety fea­tures and the most in­te­rior space in the class.

That should be enough for it to main­tain its sta­tus within the crowded lux­ury cross­over seg­ment.

JAMES LIPMAN

The Lin­coln Mo­tor Com­pany’s 2019 Lin­coln Nau­tilus (re­places the cur­rent MKX), is a mid­size lux­ury SUV de­liv­er­ing a pow­er­ful tur­bocharged en­gine range and a suite of ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies de­signed to give driv­ers greater con­fi­dence on the road.

JAMES LIPMAN

Built in Oakville, Ont., the 2019 Lin­coln Nau­tilus has a new four-cylin­der en­gine, a new trans­mis­sion, a suite of stan­dard safety fea­tures and the most in­te­rior space in the class.

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