The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus is a mid-size two-row luxury SUV positioned between Corsair and Aviator. The vehicle replaced the MKX in the lineup. The carmaker did not just rebadge the old model but also brought new styling and engines. It all happened in 2019. The upcoming 2021 YM is not bringing any serious change and the larger update is expected in 2022 or 2023.

The new season might bring a couple of fresh paintjobs. The top of the lineup model remains the Black Label. By picking this 2021 Lincoln Nautilus, you will be able to select one of the unique interior themes. Other versions are also pretty attractive as well. The mid-size luxury crossover SUV is not among the best options if you are going off the road. On the asphalt, it performs better.

2021 Lincoln Nautilus interior

Why Buy 2021 Lincoln Nautilus?

The main advantage of the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus over the competition will be its luxurious interior. The cabin is packed with a lot of inventory, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, advanced audio system, lane-keep aid, blind-spot monitoring, and many more. All of these are standard for the base version. Upper trims are bringing high-end technology and equipment. Of course, options are making this SUV’s already hefty price even more non-approachable. Also, interior materials could be better and touchscreen display larger. For a 190-inch long vehicle, an 8-inch screen seems tiny.

A couple of engines are offering choice. The new Nautilus might also get a hybrid. Until then, a turbo-four and V6 are ready to respond to modern requirements. Still, some owners are complaining about handling. Engineers could fix this for the 2021 Nautilus. Also, there are additional features that can boost performance, such as power-assisted steering, or auto hold for brakes when stop.

Specifications

The standard package includes a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed transmission that sends power to front wheels. The system returns 250 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque. The turbo engine is not very efficient with 21/25 mpg. All-wheel drive will harm it further. Even the start/stop system is not helping.

A V6 is a 2.7-liter displacement. To maximize power and torque, engineers enhanced it with a twin-turbo system. The configuration is standard for the Black Label. On highways, it can be as efficient as the turbo-four. The same transmission is a power router, but this time only an AWD is available. The towing capacity of the midsize SUV is only 3,500 pounds. Some rivals with three rows of seats can make a lot more in this segment.

2021 Lincoln Nautilus specs

2021 Lincoln Nautilus Hybrid

After Aviator, we believe the next SUV to be hybridized is its smaller brother. The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus Hybrid will fix one of the biggest downsides – the fuel economy. It is not actually so bad, but we expect more from a four-banger. The company can pair electric motors with the existing V6. They did so on Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator, but with their V6 powerplants.

Hybrid will enhance the outputs. Currently, a V6 can make 335 hp and 380 lb-ft. This is enough for the Black Label. However, the new configuration will boost the fuel economy, which could reach 30 mpg.

Trims

There are three trim levels available for the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus. The base choice is coming with synthetic leather. Most fans believe designers could do it better. A power tailgate is there, as well as the CoPilot360 safety package. Upgrading to the Reserve model is making the SUV more convenient. Revel audio adds 3 more speakers, for a total of 13. Power tailgate gets a hands-free function. Navigation is added and more quality leather is covering seats, which are heated and ventilated (front). Available colors for the 2021 Nautilus will be pretty much the same. Well, a refresh will include one or two new paints.

2021 Lincoln Nautilus black label
2021 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label

2021 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label

The top of the class version for most Lincolns is the Black Label. On the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus, this package comes with a V6 engine and AWD as the main upgrade. Still, you will find an advanced safety system, CoPilot360 Plus. Revel installs even more speakers and the exterior highlight is a set of 21-inch wheels. Inside, you can select one of three available themes. Gala, Chalet, and Thoroughbred are patterns there on the midsize SUV. Only the Black Label package offers such options.

2021 Lincoln Nautilus Pricing, Release Date

The new 2021 Lincoln Nautilus is coming later this year. The only change we expect to see is the hybrid engine. This one could be there as an update in 2021. So, an unchanged SUV comes with the same prices. The base version will cost $41,000 which is pretty good for the compact crossover SUV. Three-row versions are starting above $45,000. Black Label and its unique options will add more than $20,000. Reserve is still a good offer since it is just under $50,000.

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