Last week, the all-new, next-generation Lincoln Nautilus leaked via the Ministry of Industry and Information – a regulatory body of the Chinese government – which posted a few photos of the luxurious crossover online. As expected, the next-gen Lincoln Nautilus takes considerable styling influence from the Lincoln Star Concept, and it will also become a slightly larger vehicle overall moving forward. However, there is one interesting feature present on the new Nautilus that’s especially intriguing – what appears to be a back-lit logo.
Currently, the Lincoln Navigator and Lincoln Aviator are the only vehicles in the luxury brand’s lineup that come equipped with a back-lit logo, a feature that the brand chose to forego even on the recently refreshed 2023 Lincoln Corsair. It’s a nice, luxurious touch, one that also helps advertise what sort of vehicle is driving by when curious onlookers peek its way.
Aside from its Star influence, the redesigned, next-gen Lincoln Nautilus also borrows heavily from the Lincoln Zephyr, sporting the same chrome strip along the upper portion of the front grille, slim headlights, and an abundance of black trim in lieu of shiny bits and pieces, which could indicate that this particular crossover is equipped with some sort of black appearance package.
That influence carries over to the rear, where the Nautilus features a full-width light bar, a more aggressive rear spoiler, and a wider LED strip that serves as the center high-mounted stop lamp. Additionally, the leak gives us a look at multiple grilles, rear bumpers, and wheels, as well as various roof treatments including a black-painted unit. In terms of dimensions, the next-gen Lincoln Nautilus seems to be growing much like the new Ford Edge, which was also leaked in a similar manner earlier this year.
As Ford Authority previously reported, the upcoming Nautilus lineup will include at least one hybrid powertrain in addition to the Ford 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost. While the mid-size crossover is slated to be built and sold in China, its future in North America isn’t exactly clear, as the Ford Oakville Assembly plant will stop producing the current generation Edge and Nautilus in 2023 to make way for all-electric versions of the Ford Explorer and Aviator.