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Auto review: 2021 Lincoln Nautilus adds big screen, colors, connectivity for feature updates

By Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Automotive News

Lincoln's Nautilus midsize luxury SUV gets a new interior and significant connectivity improvements when the 2021 model arrives in dealerships early next year. The Nautilus will also go into production then in China, a growing market for Lincoln. North American versions of the SUV will continue to come from the Oakville, Ontario, plant that's always built the Nautilus and its predecessor, the MKX.

The most immediately noticeable changes include luxurious new Black Label models and a 13.2-inch touch screen — biggest on any Lincoln — connected to the latest version of Ford's Sync voice recognition and connectivity system. The 2021 Nautilus will also be able to receive over-the-air updates and new features, continually adding functions like your smartphone does.

The current Nautilus was a bright spot for Lincoln amid this week's otherwise disheartening reliability report from Consumer Reports. Lincoln's newer SUVs, the Corsair and Aviator, scored poorly with the influential publication, but the Nautilus and Navigator escaped criticism.

Electronic updates like those on the '21 Nautilus can initially be troublesome, but Lincoln is "taking additional steps to improve quality," communications manager Angie Kozleski said.

"We're 100% committed to delivering quality to our clients. We're making progress and will continue to make more."

The 2021 Nautilus' instrument panel is all-new, with a wide, low design to emphasize the feeling of space and serenity Lincoln aims to achieve.

 

Standard driver assist features

— Automatic high beams

— Blind spot and cross-traffic alerts

— Lane-keeping alert and assist

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