Nautilus Club: Restyled, Renamed Lincoln to Bow in L.A.

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
Following up on our earlier post about Lincoln’s cryptic tweet (showing eight seconds of pavement and two seconds of half a chrome wheel), internet sleuth Chris Doane Automotive has unearthed some photos which seem to show a redesigned 2019 MKX.Except this time around, Lincoln is – praise the pharaohs – deploying a real name. What did it select? Nautilus.In the photos, we see an MKX-sized Nautilus wearing Lincoln’s new corporate face, featuring the horizontal mesh grille we’ve seen on the Continental, MKZ, and Navigator. A couple of chrome spears underneath each headlight help to break up the expanse of front fascia directly south of the bejeweled spectacles.
Along the flanks, Lincoln shoppers will find a styling flourish extending ahead of the front doors, similar to what’s found on the Continental. The model’s nameplate appears here, which I think is a great bit of automotive theatre. Let’s hope this detail continues on other Lincolns.The side windows in the front doors seem to have a line of trim, evoking memories of the powered vent windows available in Lincolns of yore. Alas, I am confident it is a fixed pane of glass. Nevertheless, one can dream. I’m just glad they stuck a real (and interesting) name on the thing.
A close look at its rump reveals “2.7T” badging, telling us that the Nautilus will be powered by a version of the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine currently found in the Edge Sport and uplevel MKX. In the 2018 MKX, this engine makes 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. It’s a good mill, one which should put the Nautilus on par with its competition in terms of get-up-and-go.Quickly searching the internet, we also found a YouTube video of dubious provenance displaying what seems to be several press photos of the Nautilus in a slideshow-style film. Most of them are the same as the ones shown by Chris Doane Automotive, with an important addition: a shot of the interior. A screencap of the video is shown below.
Yesterday’s tweet promised some sort of news on today’s date: 11/28. Lincoln’s press conference at the L.A. Auto Show is scheduled for tomorrow, the 29th. It’s possible Lincoln will show the Nautilus at some sort of off-site media event this evening in a bid to grab some social media play, followed by a bigger reveal alongside the MKC tomorrow.[Images: Chris Doane Automotive]
Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • RSF RSF on Nov 29, 2017

    Lincoln is back! Great products and finally real names to go along with them. Let the German brands keep those silly alpha numeric names.

  • Compaq Deskpro Compaq Deskpro on Nov 29, 2017

    I like names over alphabet soup as much as the next guy, but when I think of "Nautilus" I think of the octopus in a shell pumping away in the depths.

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