The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus just broke cover earlier this month with a heavily revised interior and minor exterior tweaks. And now, Ford Authority has learned when the new model year Lincoln Nautilus order book opened up, as well as when production will begin. Order books for the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus opened up back on October 28th, 2020. Meanwhile, production is scheduled to begin at the Ford Oakville Assembly Plant on January 25th, 2021.
The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus will debut a series of changes for Lincoln’s crossover, including the aforementioned interior, which has received a complete overhaul. The new cockpit features horizontal lines and neutral tones, portraying an elegant appearance that’s quite similar to the one present in the Lincoln Corsair and Lincoln Aviator.
The new interior features a 13.2-inch infotainment screen that is the largest currently offered in any Lincoln, along with Ford’s newest SYNC 4 system and over-the-air update capability. As we previously reported, a trio of new interior colorways will be available as well – Santos Rosewood and Espresso Ash Swirl, Linear Brushed Aluminum, and Mahogany Khaya.
For the 2021 model year, SelectShift Capability with Paddle Shifters will only available on Nautilus models equipped with Ford’s twin-turbocharged 2.7L EcoBoost V6 or 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 with the Class II Trailer Tow Package. Models equipped with the 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 will only come equipped with the paddle shifters if they are also equipped with the tow package. The 2021 Nautilus will no longer come equipped with Ford’s Windshield De-Icer feature.
On the outside, the 2021 Nautilus features a redesigned lower front fascia, along with three new exterior colors – Green Gem, Lincoln Flight Blue, and Asher Gray, also available with the Monochromatic Package.
The 2021 Nautilus’ powertrain lineup remains the same as before: the standard engine is the turbocharged 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder rated at 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The optional twin-turbo 2.7L EcoBoost V6 produces 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Both engines include standard Auto Start-Stop capability and are mated to Ford’s 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Ford CD4 platform continues to underpin the 2021 Nautilus, as it has done since its introduction as the second-generation Lincoln MKX for the 2016 model year.