The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus just received a comprehensive interior refresh, so no major changes are expected for the 2022 model year. However, the 2022 Lincoln Nautilus is receiving a price reduction for the new year, or at least the Reserve trim, which features an MSRP of $48,900 minus a mandatory destination and delivery fee of $1,095. That’s $650 less than the 2021 Nautilus Reserve and its $49,550 starting price, while the designation fee remains unchanged for the 2022 model year.
Otherwise, no major changes are expected for the 2022 Lincoln Nautilus, even though the luxury crossover’s Ford CD4 platform-mate, 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. As Ford Authority reported back in August, the 2022 Nautilus will retain front-wheel drive as its standard configuration save for 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 was recently named one of Consumer Reports’ most satisfying SUVs – are produced at the Ford Oakville Assembly plant and both 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.