Last week, Ford Authority exclusively reported that Ford outfitted the 2021 Ford Edge ST with a seven-speed automatic transmission that, in reality, is a recalibrated version of the incumbent eight-speed automatic, but with the second gear disabled via software. With the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus sharing the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 with the Edge ST, we were curious if The Blue Oval’s luxury arm followed suit and similarly outfitted the model with the seven-speed gearbox. However, this is not the case: a quick glance at higher-spec Nautilus models already on Lincoln dealer lots confirms that the midsize luxury crossover has kept the same eight-speed unit as before.
|Vehicle||Engine||Transmission||Manual Shifting Capability||Drivetrain||Horsepower (hp) @ RPM||Torque (lb-ft) @ RPM|
|2021 Nautilus||Turbo 2.0L EcoBoost I-4||8-speed auto||None*||FWD||250 @ 5,500||280 @ 3,000|
|2021 Nautilus||Turbo 2.0L EcoBoost I-4||8-speed auto||None*||AWD||250 @ 5,500||280 @ 3,000|
|2021 Nautilus||Twin-Turbo 2.7L EcoBoost V6||8-speed auto||SelectShift with Paddle Shifters||AWD||335 @ 5,500||380 @ 3,250|
* SelectShift with Paddle Shifters when equipped with optional towing package
The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus offers customers the choice of two powertrains: the 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 is the standard engine, while the more powerful 2.7L EcoBoost V6 is optional on the Reserve trim and standard on Black Label models. Lincoln exclusively pairs the 2.7L V6 EcoBoost with all-wheel drive. All combinations feature the 8-speed automatic transmission. As we mentioned earlier, that’s in stark contrast to the Edge ST and its 2.7L V6 EcoBoost, which disables the second gear of the 8-speed transmission, thereby making it a 7-speed.
Lincoln’s decision to retain the 8-speed automatic makes sense, as the brand’s Quiet Flight DNA is more about smooth power delivery than outright performance prioritized by the Edge ST.
That divergence is further bolstered by the changes throughout the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus lineup. All models have received a vastly upgraded cabin that now boasts a horizontally-themed cockpit layout and an all-new 13.2-inch touchscreen outfitted with similarly new Sync 4 infotainment system. These new changes mirror the attractive cabins featured in the Lincoln Corsair and Lincoln Aviator, and allow the Nautilus to better compete with its rivals in the highly-competitive mid-size crossover segment.
The 2021 Ford Edge and 2021 Lincoln Nautilus share the Ford CD4 platform and are produced at the Ford Oakville Assembly plant. The crossovers have already begun to arrive on dealer lots, although recent production disruptions will likely impact their availability in the near future.