While both the next-generation Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus have already been canceled for North America, both crossovers will live on in other parts of the world, or more specifically, China, at the very least. In fact, the next-gen Ford Edge was recently leaked on China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology website. That crossover will also share an interior design aesthetic with the new Ford Evos – a China-only model, as Ford Authority reported yesterday. On the same token, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that the next-gen Lincoln Nautilus will feature design cues present on the recently-revealed Lincoln Star concept.
During the reveal of the Star, Lincoln noted that it previewed the luxury brand’s future styling direction, and the all-electric crossover features some interesting details such as its signature illuminated star on the front fascia, full-width light bars at the front and rear, and an overall sleeker appearance. The concept looks a lot like a futuristic version of the Aviator, in fact, so it may also preview what we can expect from the next-gen version of that crossover.
Ford Authority spies have spotted the next-gen Nautilus driving around in both Michigan and Europe over the past few months wearing varying states of disguise, though both prototypes were covered in heavy camo, making it difficult to discern any design features. However, we did get a better look at the front end at least, which bears a strong resemblance to the China-only Lincoln Zephyr, with thin headlights and a large grille that features a diamond-shaped pattern in the center, with a smaller lower grille beneath it sporting a tighter version of that same look, as well as flush-mounted door handles.
Meanwhile, Lincoln is in the midst of adding an all-electric variant of every model in its current lineup by 2027, though it’s unclear how that lineup might change in the coming years. Currently, it consists of the Nautilus, Lincoln Corsair, Lincoln Aviator, and Lincoln Navigator, while an Aviator EV is already expected to launch in 2024, as Ford Authority previously reported.