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How the 2024 Lincoln Nautilus SUV Will Soothe Your Weary Soul

2024 lincoln nautilus preproduction model shown available early 2024 actual production vehicle may vary
2024 Lincoln Nautilus Will Soothe Yer SoulLincoln
  • Lincoln’s refreshed Nautilus premium SUV is made in China and designed for both China and U.S. markets.

  • That means there’s a lot high tech, most noticeably in the monster 48-inch pillar-to-pillar full-color screen that dominates the dashboard with infotainment galore.

  • It’s in showrooms now priced starting at $52,010.


It’s hard to tell whether the bigger news is that this is the first Lincoln product made in China for sale in the U.S., or that the craft’s infotainment screen stretches from A-pillar to A-pillar. Or maybe it’s the addition of seven scents for Lincoln’s “Rejuvenate” system, which combines input for all your senses up to and including smell to make you calm, cool, and collected as you luxuriate in your new ride.

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Take your pick.

Technically, this is a “refresh,” not that anyone cares about which suspension or even engines the new Naut offers. For the record, it’s MacPherson struts up front and short- long-arm suspension rear, rolling on wheels from 19 inches in diameter all the way up to 22s.

Under the hood are two engine choices. You can get the same turbocharged 2.0-liter transverse-mounted direct-injection four-cylinder from the Corsair, which makes 250 hp at 5500 rpm and 280 lb-ft at 3000. Or you can go upscale in both power and performance with the turbocharged 2.0-liter transverse-mounted direct-injection four-cylinder mated to a hybrid drive unit. Combined output of that power choice is 310 hp at 5500 rpm and 295 lb-ft.

(Hint, get the hybrid, the base engine feels wimpy in the 4349-pound entry-level Nautilus. Even though the hybrid’s curb weight is 4517 pounds, it feels noticeably more mighty.)

One problem with these powertrains is that the more powerful hybrid is mated to a CVT transmission (groan), while the non-hybrid gets a more-responsive eight-speed automatic. If you ever push this beast hard on a twisting mountain road, which I did all day but which a typical buyer likely won’t, you’ll want the greater control of the automatic and the greater power of the hybrid, a combination that doesn’t exist. Waaah.

available early 2024 pre production screens shown are simulated and subject to change
Blue Cruise takes over the driving as long as you keep your eyeballs aiming straight ahead.Lincoln

But you gotta think, at least from Lincoln’s presentations during the product launch, that buyers nowadays, both here and in China, don’t think of specs like that. They’re far more interested in things like that 48-inch drive-in movie screen splayed across the dashboard. That’s impressive. I say that having come just days before from a tour of the inside and outside of the Honda/Sony Afeela, a car so bland on the outside that its only saving grace may be the A-pillar-to-A-pillar-wide screen it sports inside.