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2019 Lincoln Nautilus: A new name and a new face

Midcycle updates for the luxury crossover SUV formerly known as the Lincoln MKX bring a new front end design, base engine and features to morph it into the Nautilus.

Jon Wong
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On the outside, the most noticeable change morphing the MKX into the Nautilus is the new Lincoln front end that we first saw on the Continental and Navigator.     

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While it isn't wildly emotional, it does strike a clean and classy look with a reasonably sized chrome grille.     

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Wheel designs and new badges on the front doors are also changed for 2019.

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The cabin is mostly carryover with lots of space for passengers in front and back, while soft leathers cover most major surfaces throughout for a premium feel.

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On the tech front, it's the familiar and capable Sync 3 system carrying the infotainment torch with an 8-inch touchscreen running navigation, a Revel audio system and Wi-Fi hotspot. 

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Sync 3 also features standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. 

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A new 2.0-liter turbo base engine joins the lineup for 2019, but the car pictured here is equipped with a bigger and badder 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 churning out 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque.    

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That works with a new eight-speed automatic trans that together return an estimated 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.     

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On the Black Label versions of the Nautilus, an adaptive suspension and 21-inch wheels come standard. 

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With its base, four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive, the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus starts at $41,335, including $995 for destination. The Black Label model pictured here stickers for a lofty $69,380. 

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