2021 Lincoln Nautilus facelift unveiled for the US

Ford Endura platform-mate updated for the US with overhauled interior, same turbo engines.

Ford’s luxury arm Lincoln has taken the wraps off its facelifted Nautilus crossover, ahead of a US market launch in early 2021.

The refreshed Lincoln Nautilus is a twin under the skin to the Ford Endura, known in the US as the Ford Edge. Yesterday it was announced the Endura would be discontinued in Australia.

Updates to the large luxury SUV are concentrated inside the cabin. Gone is the outgoing car’s 8.0-inch Sync 3 infotainment touchscreen flanked by an array of physical buttons, instead taking centre stage is a new 13.2-inch tablet-style touchscreen running Ford’s latest Sync 4 infotainment system.

The new system, which features in a range of other recently-revealed Ford products including the Bronco, features over-the-air updates, North America’s SiriusXM satellite radio and voice recognition, and runs a Lincoln-specific, blue and orange ‘Constellation’ theme that according to the company is “inspired by the night sky”.

The display sits on a redesigned, horizontally-styled dashboard, featuring higher-quality materials and switchgear. An array of trim options are on offer, including a choice of white, brown or black leather upholstery on top, and either wood or bright chrome inlays between its four rectangular air vents.

A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster remains available, while new for 2021 is ‘Phone As A Key’ technology allowing Nautilus owners to unlock and start their vehicle solely using the Lincoln Way app on their smartphone.

Exterior changes to the updated SUV are minimal, consisting merely of a tweaked front bumper with a single chrome strip connecting the lower fog lights, and the addition of three new exterior colours: Asher Grey, Green Gem and Flight Blue.

As before, two petrol engines are on offer: a 186kW/380Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, and a 250kW/515Nm 2.7-litre twin-turbocharged V6.

Both powertrains are mated to eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmissions, and feature start-stop technology. The four-cylinder offers front-wheel-drive as standard (with all-wheel-drive as an option), while the V6 gets all-paw traction as standard.

A full suite of active safety technologies is on offer, with available features including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, lane-centering assist, a 360-degree camera, Evasive Steering Assist, blind-spot monitoring and automatic parking.

The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus will go on sale in the United States in early 2021, with production to continue at Ford’s plant in Oakville, Canada.

As with all Lincoln models, the updated Nautilus won’t make its way to Australia.

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