2021 Lincoln Nautilus First Look: Cabin Fever
The Lincoln Nautilus entered the 2019 model year with a reworked exterior styling that aligned its look with that of the Lincoln Navigator, which the brand redesigned for 2018. Its interior design, however, did not follow its pattern. full-size stablemate, mostly size to an older format. That changes for 2021, as the updated Nautilus features a reworked dashboard and center console that takes design cues from other Lincoln crossovers and SUVs.
Lincoln Nautilus 2021: in step with the times
Most importantly, the 2021 Nautilus hosts Ford Motor Company’s latest infotainment system, Sync 4, in its dashboard. Working with a massive 13.2-inch touchscreen infotainment display, Sync 4’s arrival in the Nautilus follows its earlier reveal in late Ford badge-bearing products such as the 2021 F-150, Mustang Mach-E 2021 and the 2021 Edge, the latter shares its foundations with the Nautilus. As in these products, the new infotainment system offers features such as a more natural speech recognition system, live updates available, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless compatibility.
In order to differentiate its Sync 4 infotainment experience from that of Ford, Lincoln relies on a horizontally mounted display, as opposed to a large vertically mounted display. We’re betting it’s a superior setup for users, as it inherently keeps more information higher up and closer to the driver’s line of sight. It also doesn’t hurt that the screen position complements the horizontal lines of the Lincoln’s dashboard design better. Additional Lincoln-specific Sync 4 clues include a so-called “Constellation” theme that features varying blue and orange hues designed to mimic the horizon and the galaxy.
While Lincoln has devoted most of its efforts to the interior of the 2021 Nautilus, the brand still gave the midsize crossover a minor exterior update. Notably, the lower fascia features a more streamlined design compared to last year. It’s a small design difference, but one that hints at the bigger changes inside the Nautilus 2021.
Lincoln Nautilus 2021: the same as ever (under the hood)
Mechanically, the Nautilus 2021 largely mirrors last year’s model. Power once again comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four delivering 250 hp or an optional twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 that produces 335 hp. Both mate to eight-speed automatic transmissions, however, the four-cylinder by default sends its power to the front wheels. All-wheel drive, standard with the V-6, is an optional supplement on four-cylinder models.
Despite a slight increase in its curb weight (21 pounds for front-wheel drive four-cylinder models and 16 pounds for all-wheel-drive V6 models), we expect the 2021 Nautilus to retain roughly the same driving experience. like before. In other words, look for the most powerful model to handle the same 6.0 second 60mph trot we got with a 2019 all-wheel-drive Nautilus equipped with the V-6 engine.
Likewise, we expect the Nautilus 2021’s starting price to stay close to the 2020 model’s $ 42,035 entry fee. Look for the 2021 Nautilus that goes on sale early next year.
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