In 2019, the Lincoln MKX became the Lincoln Nautilus, in the process receiving a refresh, adopting the brand’s rather attractive new design language initiated by the Continental and Navigator. The biggest change was a new, large rectangular grille that replaced the old split-wing design, sporting a large Lincoln star emblem dead center. But even though that look is still fairly new, we might be looking at yet another front end update for the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus.
Ford Authority recently received the photo from a tipster, who says that the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus will receive this updated lower fascia treatment in China. For the record, Lincoln has not officially said that it would be making any changes to the Nautilus for the coming model year. But if this tip proves true, this revised front fascia could very well land on the U.S. version of the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus, too.
Much of the upper front fascia remains intact, but the lower part is completely new in this photo. It essentially eliminates the twin openings that exist on each end of the lower intake, closing them off in favor of a pair of sleek, low-profile fog/accent lights. There’s still an opening in the center, behind the front license plate holder of this particular example, and it retains the shape of the 2019-2020 Nautilus. Finishing off the look is a thin trim piece that runs the entire length of the bottom of the front fascia.
It’s a nice look, indeed, but we’re not sure if we prefer it over the existing model. And it seems a little unusual for Lincoln to change up the 2021 Lincoln Navigator just two model years in. But on the other hand, the mid-size luxury crossover segment is red hot these days, and perhaps Linc is just trying to keep its products as fresh as possible.