After months of speculation about a potential successor, the next-generation Lincoln Nautilus has been partially leaked, thanks to the Ministry of Industry and Information, a regulatory body of the Chinese government. The pictures uploaded to the site confirm that the upcoming mid-size crossover will bear some resemblance to the Lincoln Star Concept, and that it will become a slightly larger vehicle overall.
Based on the front three quarter profile of the next-generation Lincoln Nautilus, it is pretty clear that the luxury brand injected a fair bit of Lincoln Zephyr visual DNA into the mid-size crossover, as it boasts the same chrome strip that bisects the upper portion of the grille, with the Lincoln Star emblem at the center. That motif carries through into the headlamp assemblies, where they are swept upward before ending where the front end meets the edge of the hood. Judging by the lack of chrome, this particular example seems to feature a black appearance package or similar cosmetic equipment bundle.
A glance at the rear end proves that the Lincoln Star Concept served as a template for the design, although the overall aesthetic is also not far removed from design cues currently worn by the Lincoln Aviator. The rear lightning extends through the crossover’s width in an almost identical manner as the Zephyr. Unlike the current model, the next-generation Lincoln Nautilus seems to also boast a more aggressive rear spoiler and a wider LED strip that serves as the center high-mounted stop lamp. There is no rear wiper visible, but the part may be hidden underneath the spoiler.
In addition to two solid exterior photos, the site also features pictures of various sections of the next-generation Lincoln Nautilus that potentially preview most or all of the lineup. There are three different grilles, two different rear bumpers, and several different wheels. There are several different roof treatments as well, with a black-painted roof being the most notable aesthetic. In North America, only the Aviator and Navigator feature a black-painted roof in their respective lineups.
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Some specifications were also posted to the site, which reveal that the next-generation is most likely going to grow in every dimension when compared to the current model. These exterior specifications are different than what was presented for the next-generation Ford Edge, following a similar posting to the Chinese government site. However, the Edge will likely be offered with five- and seven-seat configurations, so the dimensions that came out may reflect the larger variant. By contrast, it seems the next-generation Lincoln Nautilus will be offered solely as a five-seater.
As Ford Authority previously reported, the upcoming Nautilus lineup will include at least one hybrid powertrain in addition to the Ford 2.0L I4 EcoBoost. While the mid-size is slated to be built and sold in China, its future in North America isn’t clear, as the Ford Oakville Assembly plant will stop producing the current generation Edge and Nautilus in 2023 to make way for the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator EVs.