According to the latest reports, the 2023 Lincoln Nautilus will be the final production year of the current generation. Moreover, it will be the last Nautilus, as the Oakville plant, in which this SUV is built, will soon turn to electric cars. Therefore, it’s easy to conclude that the next year’s model will come without more important changes. We are about to see a familiar design, though there is always room for minor updates, such as new features and similar things.
In any case, you may count on familiar design characteristics. The Nautilus sill has a lot of good things to offer. We like its interior, both in terms of quality and space. Furthermore, the seats are very comfortable, while the infotainment system is easy to use. The engine is pretty capable as well, while the biggest complaint goes to uninspiring handling.
As there will be no significant updates, we believe that the 2023 Lincoln Nautilus will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 Lincoln Nautilus Design
The 2023 Lincoln Nautilus will most likely come without changes. Therefore, you may count on the same design that was initially introduced four years ago. Although the nameplate debuted four years ago, this model is actually a significantly updated second-generation MKX, which has been in production between 2016 and 2018. In any case, most of the chassis and suspension setup remained the same and that reflexes in the ride quality that isn’t particularly inspiring.
In terms of the styling, not many things have changed since 2018. The crossover follows the brand’s contemporary design language, established by models like Navigator and Continental. Of course, the 2023 Lincoln Nautilus will continue in the same way, though there is always room for minor updates, such as new color options and similar things.
Unlike the exterior, the interior was updated last year. For that occasion, we saw a significantly updated cabin, with a completely new dashboard design. What we can notice and a much more attractive design and significantly better build quality, with super-fine materials and a lot of attention to detail. The new, massive infotainment screen also has a big impact on the dashboard’s visual appeal.
Besides great quality, this cabin also offers a lot of passenger space. This is a two-row mid-size crossover, which comes with a couple of very generous rows of seats. Both accommodate adults with ease, while the front seats are also massive and supportive. The driving position is also very good.
When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on about 37.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 68.8 cubic feet of the total volume, which is a pretty impressive number for the class.
This will probably be the final model year, so it’s hard to expect bigger changes regarding the standard and available equipment. Therefore, we expect to see base models with goodies like dual-zone climate control, remote start, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 13.2-inch touch screen, a 10-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Among upgrades, expect to find things like a panoramic sunroof, smartphone keyless entry, navigation, wireless device charging, a 13- or 19-speaker Revel stereo, HD Radio, and a rear-seat entertainment system.
The same is with safety and driver-assistance features. Therefore, base models should come equipped with goodies like a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist etc. Also, count on upgrades like front parking sensors, parallel and perpendicular park assist, surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control etc.
2023 Lincoln Nautilus Engines
Things under the hood won’t change for sure. Therefore, expect to see base models equipped with a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 250 horsepower. That’s enough for solid driving dynamics, while more ambitious drivers may count on an optional 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6, which puts out 335 horsepower.
Both engines come coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which is smooth and refined. When it comes to fuel economy, the base turbo-four returns around 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The V6 is slightly thirstier and returns around 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. When properly equipped, this crossover can tow up to 3.500 pounds.
2023 Lincoln Nautilus Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Lincoln Nautilus will hit the market in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 44.000 dollars.