The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus is a mid-size, two-row SUV. The former MKX is now the Nautilus, a five-passenger model with standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. Shoppers will find a comfortable interior and a decent tow rating, along with two engine choices.
What's New for 2019
The previous Lincoln MKX is now called the Nautilus. Although the name has changed, essentially the Lincoln Nautilus is a refresh of the second-generation MKX introduced in 2016. The change in naming convention comes as the marque moves away from the previous three-letter naming convention. Among the changes include a bold grille, which matches the design of other Lincoln models, including the Continental and Navigator. A new base turbocharged four-cylinder engine replaces the previous V6. New technologies and safety features, including evasive steering, round out the changes for 2019.
Choosing Your Lincoln Nautilus
The Lincoln Nautilus occupies the mid-size SUV segment. It comes in Standard, Select, Reserve, and Black Label trims. Lincoln offers a pair of engine choices paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Most models offer standard front-wheel drive with available all-wheel drive.
The standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 250 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Also available is a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 engine with 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. This model pulls up to 3,500 pounds.
Standard features include LED headlights and taillights, 18-inch aluminum wheels, Lincoln’s SYNC 3 infotainment system, and Lincoln Co-Pilot 360. The latter represents a safety suite of technologies, which bundles automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, a forward collision system with automatic emergency braking, and a rearview camera. In effect, the package brings elements of semi-autonomous driving to the Nautilus.
Package options vary, depending on trim. The Nautilus Select offers a Class II Trailer Tow Package ($995, requiring an upgrade to the Cargo Utility Package; a 110-volt outlet, cargo compartment with reversible mat, mold plastic storage bins, rear cargo management system, interior cargo cover, and upgraded cargo area tonneau cover), and you can also choose a Climate Package ($785; heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, and a windshield wiper de-icer).
Choose the Reserve or Black Label trims and you’ll find a Driver Assistance Package ($1,590; adaptive cruise control with stop and go and lane centering, adaptive steering, and a collision mitigation system with evasive steering assist), a Technology Package ($1,720; enhanced active park assist, front park aid sensors, and a surround-view camera), and the Ultimate Package ($5,160; full LED multi-projector headlights with dynamic bending and cornering lights, 21-inch aluminum wheels, and a 19-speaker Revel audio system).
The base engine offers sufficient power, but it represents a 53-horsepower drop from the V6 it replaced. The available twin-turbo V6 is a better choice and is available on all trims in the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus lineup except the Standard model.