2021 Lincoln Nautilus: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - June 26, 2020

Model Preview

Lincoln introduced the Nautilus in 2019 as the replacement for the MKX. For 2021, a carryover model of the Nautilus is expected to arrive without any significant changes.

From the outside, the 2021 Nautilus will retain the current model’s striking, upscale design. A simple front end with a tidy grille, prominent air intakes, and stylish headlights will be found. Around the back, the SUV’s round taillights are connected by a thin strip and are meant to look like one single unit, while the rear bumper has two exhaust outlets. A large amount of chrome helps the Nautilus fit into the luxury segment.

The interior design of the 2021 Nautilus won’t change compared to the current model’s. That means the SUV will have a simple center console layout with well-laid out buttons and dials. It’s not the most striking design, but it’s easy to use and features upscale materials. A push-button shifter also provides the Nautilus with an uncluttered look. Tech-wise, the new Nautilus will continue to come with an 8-inch touch screen, Wi-Fi hot spot, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and satellite radio. Optional features will include a 19-speaker audio system, navigation, and wireless charging.

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Lincoln’s real ace in the hole with the Nautilus is the available Black Label trim. It should still be available for the 2021 model year and bring truly upscale features. Venetian leather upholstery, a more powerful V6 engine, adaptive suspension, an Alcantara headliner, and more tech features are all included with the Black Label.

Under the hood, Lincoln will offer two engines with the Nautilus. The standard motor is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard for the powertrain. All-wheel drive is offered as an option.

A turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 engine that’s rated at 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque is available. The V6 engine comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive as standard.

Every 2021 Nautilus will come with Lincoln Co-Pilot360 as standard. The safety suite includes automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, and pedestrian detection. Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus is available and brings adaptive cruise control, an automated parking system, a surround-view camera, and adaptive steering.

Pricing & Release Date

Based on previous years, the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus is expected to arrive in the fall of 2020.

Without any major changes, pricing for the 2021 Nautilus will stay close to the current model’s. Pricing currently starts at $42,680 and goes up to $65,440 (prices include destination).

This midsize luxury SUV competes with the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, and Cadillac XT6.

Learn more about the current Nautilus on sale now »

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