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Next-Gen Lincoln Nautilus Will Feature Star Concept Design Cues

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.

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

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Comments

  1. Jonathan A Cohen

    Based on comments made to me by a real-world friend within Industry, there is an erroneous statement within article. I was told that there WILL Be an updated/remodeled ICE Nautilus in the US in 2024.

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    1. Michael K

      Same, although production ends in Ontario, Lincoln plans to import the Chinese Nautilus in Late 2023. Although I’m still skeptical this will actually happen. The Edge is definitely dead however.

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      1. Jon Cohen

        From what I heard Michael, it is going to happen. Sold side-by-side with hybrid variant.

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        1. Michael K

          Yep, 2.0L EcoBoost and a Hybrid, presumably the 2.5L Hybrid from the other C2 cars. It will be a major downgrade in available power, but I’m sure Lincoln feels their EVs will cover that.

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          1. Lincoln Fan Mark

            This makes perfect sense and reading reports on this website one would have believed the Nautilus was going away altogether, not just Nautilus production in Oakville. It would be a mistake of enormous proportions to exit the roomier 5 passenger luxury crossover market that Nautilus occupies and that Lexus dominates. Give luxury buyers an attractive alternative to the ubiquitous RX 350.

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  2. Michael K

    The Nautilus looks more like the Zephyr than the Star.

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  3. Dewarn Reed

    OK LINCOLN it’s time to bring it lstart with the navigator to square on the side, why not update the old suicide doors to the original continental with a very future look next & convertible, last THE MARK X (2 seater 5.0 turbo) sport / luxury electric car .. GOT IT…..

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  4. Don Porochonski

    So sick of these crossovers. No style at all. When will it end already?

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    1. David

      I own 3. All are Lincolns. If you want a sedan buy a Camry or Accord. I lost all interests in sedans years ago. I have a Mustang GT convertible for fun but need SUVs for transporting our 5 member family plus our dogs.

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      1. RichG

        I’m with you. The Lincoln crossovers have as much style as any sedan out there.

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        1. c

          Especially the Aviator. Possibly the best looking crossover on the market.

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  5. Arcee

    So funny. Car “enthusiasts” bemoan SUVs and crossovers and call for the return of wagons. Automakers find they cannot sell wagons so they killed them. Meanwhile, modern crossovers and SUVs are nothing more than lifted wagons with some cladding tacked on and “enthusiasts” hate them [despite admitting that they are basically wagons.]

    Ford could formerly introduce the Fusion Active tomorrow, and everyone would complain “but it’s just a wagon!” Automakers are in a Catch 22. Occasionally they give the customers what they request, and the customers don’t buy. Meanwhile they make more of what the market demands, and customers complain they are not making what *they* want.

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    1. Lincoln Fan Mark

      Well said. People have voted with their pocketbooks and chosen crossovers and SUVs. I always stop to look at a modern station wagon out of curiosity; they are like finding four leaf clovers. Buick tried getting back in that space a few years ago and I think I’ve seen maybe one on the road.
      As a Lincoln fan, I’d love to see a luxury sport couple in their showrooms. But if it’s priced to compete with European and Japanese luxury coupes would it have sufficient prestige to steal market share? Color me skeptical.

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    2. RichG

      Yep.

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  6. Steve W

    Give me a luxury sedan, and I’ll come back to Lincoln. Otherwise, I’ll stick with an S-Class. I’m on my second and ready to trade again. I still have 2 Lincoln Town Cars. I had 12 Town Cars over the years and loved them. When Lincoln decided to quit making a decent sedan, it was time to move on.

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