Ford’s luxury oriented brand has updated the popular SUV with fine interiors and powerful engines. The Nautilus appeals to the non-sporty and comfort loving end of the spectrum.

Lincoln, the luxury vehicle brand from Ford Motors famed for their Limousines and Town cars plying about the streets of the American megacities, posed as a symbol of power and comfort as it used by the higher echelons of society has updated the Nautilus mid size SUV. The new car has a new design that follows the ethos of other cars from Lincoln, and newer innovative technology. Made with a signature style that blends comfort with elegance, the Nautilus (formerly called MKX) appeals to the more comfort driven individuals, as it has been designed to provide the comfort we have come to expect from Lincoln cars in the form of an SUV. The car is available in three trim levels, the standard, the middle Reserve and the top end Black Label trim.

The cabin has been focused on, and features a wide view, airy vibe to it that Lincoln says has been inspired by the horizon. The interiors are in tandem with the brand’s cars for 2021 and features a new 13.2in infotainment screen which comes with the latest  Ford Sync 4 software. The exterior has been touched slightly with tweaks to the bumpers. The car prizes itself in offering a range of interior customisation options, like the Black Label theme colors of Chalet and Flight. Sandstone colored theme is used for this new Nautilus and provides a contrasting cabin color, Black Ebony provides roast colored accents on the doors, seats and the instrument panel, Luxury brown creates a dark theme with black contrasts. The Chalet theme gives the car Espresso and Alpine Venetian leather along with Silverwood accents and lastly the Flight theme gives rich leather options with a lightness evoking color scheme.

The infotainment system has Apple Carplay and Android Auto, the system comes with a standard 4G Sim card which enables the car to be seamlessly connected and to enable auto updates, the system is hooked to a 11-speaker audio system. There are optional 22-way adjustable massage seats and the boot is very spacious and can fit 12 carryalls. There is the option for rear-seat entertainment available on all models.

There are two engine options on the Nautilus, the turbocharged 2L four-cylinder engine that makes 250hp and 280lbft of torque. This engine is mated to a eight-speed automatic gearbox and comes with front-wheel drive or the all-wheel drive optional. Then there is the 2.7L V6 engine that has been turbocharged to make 335hp and 380lbft of torque, which can accelerate the car to a hundred in 5.9 seconds. The Nautilus glides on roads thanks to the adaptive suspension, which absorbs all vibrations and uneven paths. Driving aids have been integrated into the Co-Pilot 360 which provides a 360-degree camera, cruise control, front sensing system, lane-centering, active park assist and Evasive steering assist.

Lincoln’s attention to comfort shines through with the Nautilus, especially if one chooses to use it for a city-driving car. The ride is much softer and serene compared to competitors such as Audi or Porsche and the car’s specially curated interiors with the range of customisations make it an alluring option for someone looking for a comfort-oriented SUV. The Nautilus rides on 18in alloys with an optional 20in available.  The car is expected to reach dealerships early 2021 and will retail starting at $42,395 (INR 32 lakh) for the base model and $67000 (INR 49 lakh)  for the range topping Black Label trim.

Anagh Bhaskar

Anagh Bhaskar

I am a journalism grad who has always had a passion towards machines, especially cars and war machines, the sheer competitiveness of the industry which works with the same enthusiasm everyday without fail is what fascinates me. Favourie Car: Nissan GT-R R35 Quote: What you do in life echoes in eternity- Russell Crowe, Maximus, Gladiator

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