As Ford Authority was the first to report earlier this week, the 2022 Ford Edge will be available exclusively with all-wheel drive across all trims, as the crossover will drop front-wheel drive as standard equipment. This change also raised another question, however – will the 2022 Lincoln Nautilus follow suit? However, it appears the answer is no, as Ford Authority has learned from sources familiar with the 2022 Lincoln Nautilus launch that the luxury crossover will still come with standard front-wheel drive in certain configurations.
Front-wheel drive will remain the standard configuration for the base 2022 Nautilus and Reserve, while the Black Label will come equipped with standard all-wheel drive. However, shoppers can opt for all-wheel drive on base and Reserve trims in conjunction with Ford’s 2.0L EcoBoost I-4. All-wheel drive also comes as standard equipment when paired with the optional Ford 2.7L EcoBoost V6 – which is available on Reserve trimmed Nautilus models, but not the base model.
As Ford Authority reported earlier this year, this is not the first time the Nautilus and Edge have diverged in terms of the way each is equipped. The 2021 Ford Edge ST comes equipped with a seven-speed automatic transmission that is actually a recalibrated version of the automaker’s eight-speed automatic, but with second gear disabled using software. However, the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus did not gain this updated gearbox and instead stuck with the carryover eight-speed transmission.
Both the Edge and Nautilus – which share Ford’s CD4 platform and are produced at the Ford Oakville Assembly plant – received updates for the 2021 model year, including the addition of large touchscreens, though the Nautilus is fitted with a 13.2-inch horizontally-oriented screen, while the Edge features a 12-inch, vertically-oriented screen.