By Veeno Dewan
Lincoln’s compact luxury Nautilus SUV is based on the Ford Edge CUV, Its not just a dress up , but is as classy upscale model with a refined luxury interior. For 2022the Nautilus gets by with an updated interior and a few changes. On the outside, the Nautilus features looks great with a prominent classy looking chrome mesh fascia and a smart expensive looking presence. I still like the front along with neatly styled rear fascia with its trademark horizontal light bars. It looks premium from any angle The Nautilus arrives fully equipped with numerous standard features such as 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, a hands-free tailgate, and a panoramic roof. Inside, there’s dual-zone A/C, a heated steering wheel, a digital gauge display, passive keyless entry, a power-adjustable steering wheel, wireless phone charging, a 13.2-inch touchscreen, a 13-speaker stereo, and navigation.
Also included is a suite of safety items comprising blind spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, park assist, automatic high beams, and backup sensors.
The upscale Reserve trim as also has an optional luxury package that adds: a hands-free power liftgate, a 13-speaker Revel stereo system, and smartphone connectivity to lock and unlock the Nautilus. Interior wise, Lincoln revised the seats, including their height and track, to get offer more rear-seat headroom and legroom. The rear seats also fold flat with the press of a button. A slew of new exterior colors is also available
Motivation -wise a turbocharged 250-hp 2.0L four cylinder comes as standard, While an optional 2.7L turbo V6 delivers 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are teamed with a push button eight-speed automatic transmission. All models use an all-wheel drive system that is skewed to the FWD but can send up to 100 per cent of power to the rear wheels in certain driving conditions.
Pricing for the 2022 Lincoln Reserve range starts at $59,800 for the 2.0L turbo — add extra for the 335-hp V6 upgrade. standard fare includes such features as blind-spot monitoring, auto-dimming mirrors, wireless charging, GPS navigation, LED headlamps, and heated ten-way power-adjustable seats. Standard leather, navigation, adaptive damping, blind spot detection, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and more. There is also heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, heated second-row seats and 20-inch wheels. Options included the : Revel Ultima 19-speaker audio system – part of the $6,000 Ultimate Package that also adds the 21-wheels and full LED lighting. Also added was the 360-degree camera, front park sensors and active park assist, and the Driver Assistance Package offers adaptive cruise, lane keep assist and adaptive steering, with semi-autonomous capability.
Safety technology includes pre-collision assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, park assist, and lane centering. The new evasive steer assist uses cameras and radar to gauge the potential of a rear-end collision and applies more aggressive steering to avoid a crash. If the driver does not initiate evasive steering, the Nautilus will apply emergency braking. The push -button transmission gear selector, is easy to use and soon becomes second nature.
We tested the midrange Reserve trim with the optional 335-hp 2.7-liter turbocharged V-6, and it delivered a brisk 5.9-second zero-to-60-mph time. Neither engine felt underpowered in city driving, but the V-6’s extra power is handy during highway merging and passing maneuvers. In keeping with the Lincoln brand’s luxury ethos, the Nautilus is a soft-shoed crossover that’s happiest wafting lazily along. Its available adaptive suspension helps smooth impacts from potholes. Reserve and Black Label models, along with the all-wheel drive Select, come with three driving modes (Comfort, Normal, and Sport) for an extra layer of personalization.
Fuel economy is rated at 11.8/9.4 L/100 km (city/highway) with the 2.0L engine, and 12.6/9.3 with the V6.10.7 L/100 kilometres for this engine. Speaking of which, the optional 2.7L V6 engine is the weapon of choice with its extra horsepower and grunt. Even on these big wheels, the ride is impressively quiet and compliant, yet body motions are tightly controlled on the highway, there is very little intrusion of wind and road noise. The adaptive suspension includes pothole mitigation, — a super-fast reacting technology that adjusts damping in milliseconds.
To sum up, the 2022 Nautilus is an impressively executed premium SUV. Downsides are few The Nautilus is a handsome, roomy, stylish, and comfortable driver. As a measure of how serious Lincoln is about competing with the major players in this sector Lincoln is introducing a concierge loaner service, where dealers will you pick up your Lincoln give you a loaner and then return your vehicle when it’s done. If you are looking for quiet understated luxury- look no further.
2022/23 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve AWD MSRP $59,800.
Price as tested with option: $78,575. Destination and delivery $2,395