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Lincoln Nautilus Also Discontinued After 2023 Model Year In North America


Back in June of 2020, Ford Authority reported that the next-generation Ford Edge had been canceled in a surprising move that was seemingly spurred by labor negotiations over the future of the Ford Oakville Assembly Plant, where the Lincoln Nautilus is also built. Ford and the Canadian union Unifor eventually came to an agreement that will see the Oakville plant retooled to produce five new EVs starting in 2025, seemingly leaving the pair of crossovers in limbo. Yesterday, Ford Authority reported that the Edge will be indeed be discontinued following the 2023 model year, and now, sources familiar with the matter have confirmed to Ford Authority that the Lincoln Nautilus will follow suit.

It’s unclear what will become of the Lincoln Nautilus name or if the luxurious crossover will have a successor of some type. However, it is possible that one of the five EVs set to be built at the Oakville plant will be a direct successor to the Nautilus. Ford ended production of the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT crossovers at that plant back in 2019, which left the Edge and the Nautilus as the sole Blue Oval products produced in Canada. Retooling at the Oakville plant will begin in 2024, with the first of five new EV models expected to roll off the assembly line one year later, with another model following suit in 2028. As Ford Authority reported last June, Lincoln will transition to a fully electrified lineup consisting of hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and all-electric vehicles by 2030.

Sales Results - USA - Nautilus

YearJanFebMar AprMayJunJul AugSepOctNov DecTotal
20211,740 1,5892,043 2,6092,104 1,3421,416 2,6672,666 2,4582,340 1,46924,443
20201,760 2,1451,340 9871,951 2,0981,876 1,9241,971 2,1231,874 2,69322,742
20192,612 2,6122,612 2,7292,729 2,7292,654 2,6542,654 2,4252,590 2,71231,711
2018 3,3643,364
2017 00
*** This manufacturer is now publishing only quarterly numbers for this market. Monthly figures may be averages.

Nautilus sales actually increased in 2021, from 22,742 units to 24,443 – a gain of 7.5 percent, year over year. However, those sales pale in comparison to results from the 2019 model year, when Lincoln sold a total of 31,711 units of the luxury crossover.

After receiving a comprehensive interior refresh for the 2021 model year, the 2022 Nautilus Black Label gained a new Flight interior theme, as Ford Authority reported last month. Otherwise, no major changes have taken place on the 2022 Lincoln Nautilus, even though the luxury crossover’s Ford CD4 platform-mate – the 2022 Ford Edge – is now available exclusively with all-wheel drive across all trims, as the crossover has dropped front-wheel drive as standard equipment. As Ford Authority reported back in August, the 2022 Nautilus retains front-wheel drive as its standard configuration save for the Black Label, which comes equipped with standard all-wheel drive.

We’ll have more on the Nautilus soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Lincoln news, Lincoln Nautilus news, and ongoing Ford news coverage.



Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Crabbymilton

    Doesn’t matter. FORD/LINCOLN has pretty much given up on the hearse and livery platform business anyway.

    1. Tigger

      Ford has pretty much given up 9n the Lincoln brand.

      1. John

        That would explain the substantial investment in the Corsair, Aviator and Navigator? They’ve got some of the best interiors in their respective classes, highly praised and selling as well as can be expected in the current situation.

        1. Tigger

          Sorry. A three vehicle lineup can not support a dealer network for long nor attract customers from other brands.

    2. John

      Pretty sure you don’t know what vehicle they’re talking about.

  2. NCEcoBoost

    SO, this does help to explain more than it appears on the surface. Recent spy shots (which some outlets claimed to be a Fusion Activ but clearly was not) of a vehicle about the size of an Edge means that something is coming to replace it and will probably have a Lincoln variant. I’d expect the Fusion Activ (and maybe a Fusion sedan/hatch) to be an addition to the lineup, NOT an Edge replacement.

  3. Steve

    This is THE best looking SUV on the road….Period. All these other brands don’t hold a candle to beauty. My wife will be trading in her XT5 for this one.

    1. Greggt

      Agreed, my wife has a Cadillac SRX planning on trading next year for a Nautilus, well back to the drawing board!

    2. JB

      Totally agree. After almost 20 years of driving (mostly) BMWs, Benzes and Acuras, I went with an MKX aka Nautilus (2.7 Twin Turbo) after both wanting to ‘buy American made” and to not have to deal with post-warranty rip-off service charges by the German marques. I leased it because even though I loved the looks, I couldn’t be too sure how much I’d enjoy it. Well, I have been extremely happy with the quality, Fit n Finish, and content included. I ended up buying it when the lease was done and while I’d like to have the refreshed interior and Sync 4.0, I’m still thrilled with it and expect to have it for a few more years at least.

  4. Sharin

    I love my Lincoln Nautilus 2021 and when you quit making it you are making a HUGE MISTAKE. I will drive it until you quit making parts. I don’t want an EV and I won’t have a Ford..your loss!


    Not a fan of these vehicles, no I won’t miss them.

  6. Lincoln Fan Mark

    Last summer I traded my 2012 MKX ( one of the finest vehicles I’ve ever owned, foreign or domestic nameplates ) for a 2021 Nautilus. The interior upgrades are excellent and it’s a fine vehicle overall. I just can’t understand how Lincoln can be a three model brand with stand-alone dealerships. As empty nest adults, when we need to take some passengers the backseat room is much greater than a Corsair; ditto the cargo space. I think this is a niche that Lincoln must occupy if it’s serious about competing with Lexus, Acura, or even Cadillac.

    I would be interested in their plans to replace this size model. Is that what the rumored Lincoln Mark-E will be? The size may be right but I’m not sold on E-vehicles, especially for cross country travel that we like to do.

    Lincoln planners and designers, I hope you’re reading this thread.


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