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2021 Lincoln Nautilus Retains 8-Speed Automatic For 2.7L V6: Exclusive

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.

2021 Lincoln Nautilus Powertrain Summary
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.

2021 Lincoln Nautilus

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.

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Ed owns a 1986 Ford Taurus LX, and he routinely daydreams about buying another one, a fantasy that may someday become a reality.

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  1. Chris D.

    Such an underrated car in this segment. Very elegant looking styling, and the new interior is a major improvement and looks beautiful (just like in the Aviator and Corsair). That TT 2.7 must be a hoot to drive.

    1. Chevys and Fyords

      Ford Twin Turbos are a riot. Especially when you start tuning them.

    2. Roy Chile’s

      Lincoln is quickly because the “ Keep it moving folks nothing to see here’ Brand. The Lincoln Nautilus should come standard with the 2.4 TT and 2.7 instead a 2.0 which is starter level for the Corsair

    3. nauticalone345

      I agree. This now has what was badly needed – the new interior. Of course the V6 is the engine to have!

  2. Mick1

    GM changed trans fluid in their eight speed trucks. Maybe it’s the same thing.

  3. GeorgeS

    A beautiful vehicle but what is all the fuss on the number of gears for transmissions. It seems the marketing group is trying to discern the difference between Ford and Lincoln models. More gears does not equate as being better. I never bought a vehicle worrying about the number of gears. In this case where the gear is disabled via software means the final ratio is the same. Everyone one rather have a reliable transmission than worrying about the number of gears, but there will always a few geeks.

    1. Chuck Stevens

      Not sure if there’s any fuss… but Ford’s solution to an underperforming transmission in the edge ST is interesting… just disable a gear in software.

  4. Mike says..

    Lincoln turbos are very fast…driving the 3.0T MKZ makes it a green light monster if you want. It does surprise the heck out of some fancy labels. AWD lays down 400hp/400lbft in a very discrete fashion with only 6 gears. Do wish Lincoln would build a low volume halo sports car….

  5. Andrew

    Its even better with some tuning, and minor upgrades. I did a bunch of minor changes to my continental with the same 3.0 engine and its very quick now.

  6. David Pickford

    I wish Ford had the brains to realise how popular this car in its V6 form would be in Australia, the Edge was a complete flop due to its under powered lowest output 2 litre diesel bring the only engine choice and to an extent only being a 5 seater but given the Lincoln’s style and “up market” stance it would be a good seller in Oz.

  7. The Gentle Grizzly

    I see Lincoln is following the crowd by not integrating the screen into the dash, but, instead, tacks it on as an afterthought. The Germans started this trend, so, of course, everyone follows what the oh so superior Germans do.

  8. Steven B

    Beautiful vehicle. The Corsair has that wrap around seating which is awesome; however, the Nautilus Black Label is top notch!!
    The service package seems very good – just gotta make sure a Lincoln/Ford dealership where you may travel to honors that package.
    I just don’t like that screen sitting up on the dash. I hope that thing can come down – I’m driving, not trying to be entertained with that screen’s distracting diagrams!! Hope I’ll have a choice when I get one…


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