Nautilus replaced the MKX crossover SUV in 2019 and it is ready for the first changes. The new 2020 Lincoln Nautilus will launch some novelties the company hasn’t included with the previous version. Equipment and trim levels update, as well as the hybrid engine, are the most likely modifications.
Lincoln, Ford’s luxurious brand, decided to replace all MK- crossovers with new names. Besides the rebadging, the company also included numerous design and changes under the hood. So, Nautilus is replacing the MKX in the compact segment, Aviator arrived earlier instead of slow-selling MKT, and Corsair is the new subcompact MKC. Interesting, the sale numbers for the previous edition were not so bad, so the company headed into the unknown by replacing the MKX. In the last three years, Lincoln achieved best records in selling the compact crossover. They hope the Nautilus is going to continue the pace in the next couple of years until the next generation arrives.
The arrival of the new name didn’t mean the MKX started a new generation. The 2020 Lincoln Nautilus will be part of the second series, started in 2016. It will take the position between subcompact Corsair and mid-size Aviator. A V6 and four-cylinder engines are available, as well as the top of the class Black Label trim level.
2020 Lincoln Nautilus Specs
Under the hood of the 2020 Lincoln Nautilus will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine as the base option. This small unit is pretty potent with 250 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque. It is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that distributes power to front wheels. Fuel economy is respectable with 21/26 mpg rating for city/highway. All-wheel drive will increase the consumption, but only by one point for each type of drive.
The small crossover is using a high-output engine as well. Top of the range models will include a 2.7-l V6 drivetrain as an optional power source. The twin-turbo system is pushing power level to 355 horsepower. The 2020 Lincoln Nautilus V6 also makes 380 pound-feet of torque, for the maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. The transmission and drive modes are the same. If you use non-premium fuel, you won’t get maximum power and torque numbers.
The major upgrade for the new season and 2020 Lincoln Nautilus could be a hybrid drivetrain. Although rumors are shy, we believe this is very possible. First of all, more and more competitors are out with these kinds of drivetrains. Lexus NX and Acura RDX are leading the way. On the other hand, everybody knows Ford’s electrification plans. In the next few years, there will be 20 and more hybrids and PHEVs in the offer. Although the company is making big announcements about electric versions of its most famous models, Mustang and F-150 truck, the first units we will see are going to be compact models in all segments. That makes the 2020 Nautilus one of the favorites on the list. Its sibling from the non-premium segment, Ford Escape, already debuted with the hybrid drivetrain.
Pros and Cons
Definitely, the major downside for the 2020 Lincoln Nautilus is its freshness. This is the new name on the market, and not all buyers know it replaced the old MKX. However, this nameplate is catchy and fans will find out about the new crossover very soon. Besides the powerful engines, the technology and features are making the Nautilus better than other models. It offers a high level of comfort, although it is a compact vehicle. Still, the company has to work on the handling and maneuverability. Also, German companies are offering high-performance versions, such as BMW X3M or Mercedes AMG GLC crossovers. Every Nautilus is coming with Co-Pilot 360 suite of safety package, which brings lane departure and blind-spot warnings, and brakes automatically in emergency situations.
2020 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label
As for every Lincoln you know, the Black Label is the special package of features that will boost the interior and exterior appearance. Compared to Reserve version, the unique suite adds 21-inch wheels, Alcantara leather headliners and mats, and the special Revel audio with 19 speakers. Heating and ventilating are standard for front seats, wipers will turn on automatically when the rain starts, and the automatic steering is one of the many optional features you can get with Black Label trim. Technology package will help you park Nautilus, and the company could add another theme to the options list. Currently, the crossover offers Chalet, Gala, and Thoroughbred versions.
2020 Lincoln Nautilus Prices
The entry-level 2020 Lincoln Nautilus Standard with a four-cylinder engine will cost just above $40,000. This model is not available with V6. For the Select trim, it increases the price by $2,000 and makes it close to $50,000 mark, which is the price of Reserve with 2.0 engine. Black label is the most expensive option, coming with V6 and AWD. Without extras, it will come with the price tag of $62,000, no matter which theme you choose.