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
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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.