Ford has released a configurator for the upcoming 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, and this crossover is not cheap.
The Lincoln MKX is on its way out, and the Nautilus is on its way in. The new mid-size crossover is set to be even more upscale than the MKX, with a price bump to match its increased features over its predecessor.
The Nautilus starts at $41,335, which is over $2,000 more than the MXK. This puts the Nautilus along the same lines as the Cadillac XT5, which sits at $41,590 and will be its closest competitor.
In keeping with luxury brand standards, the Nautilus will come with a host of standard features, including a hands-free power tailgate, dual-zone climate control, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, automatic headlights and a 12.3” instrument cluster. It also gets a bevy of driver assistance technologies, including lane keeping, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, reverse collision sensors, and hill start assist.
Bumping up to the Select trim comes with LED fog lights, leather interior, auto-dimming side mirrors, and cornering headlights. It also comes with a fancy wireless charging bay for your smartphone.
Moving to the Reserve trim gives heated and vented seats, 13-speaker Revel audio system, panoramic roof, and 20" aluminum alloy wheels.
But it’s the Black Label that really brings the luxury out of this SUV. The sound system gets increased to 19 speakers, while the wheels increase to 21 inches. Venetian leather adorns every inch of the interior, and best of all, Black Label owners get full access to Lincoln’s preferred owner benefits. These include free anytime car washes, valet maintenance, and pickup and delivery.
The Black Label also comes with an even heftier price tag. With all boxes ticked, you can easily rack up a final bill over $65,000.
There’s also an all-new engine for the base-level Nautilus: a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder EcoBoost engine that rates up to 245 hp. This is a marked increase over the MKX’s, and even offers better fuel economy thanks to start/stop technology for when the car is idling. An optional 2.7-L V6 still exists which puts out 335 hp. Both engines come mated to an 8-speed automatic with optional select-shift (ie. paddle shifters).
We still don’t have a specific date for the Nautilus, but it can’t be too much longer for it to arrive at dealers.