For some time now, more than one report has indicated that the Lincoln Nautilus – along with its platform mate, the Ford Edge – won’t be produced at the Oakville Assembly plant in Canada for much longer as it prepares to be converted for the production of the all-electric Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator. Previously, production of both models was slated to end following the 2023 model year, but as Ford Authority reported last week, Edge production will now reportedly extend into 2024. However, AutoForecast Solutions is now reporting that Lincoln Nautilus production will end at Oakville in late 2023.
In its latest product roadmap, AutoForecast Solutions notes that Lincoln Nautilus production will end in Canada on October 27th, 2023, while the Edge will continue to be built there until January 31st, 2024. Of course, this pertains to North American production of both models, as each will still be produced in China. The next-generation Nautilus recently leaked via China’s Ministry of Industry and Information site, though it’s unclear if the crossover will be sold in other markets moving forward.
Once Edge and Nautilus production ends at Oakville, the plant will be retooled for EV production. Previously, that facility was expected to build five new all-electric models, but as Ford Authority reported in November, that list has since been whittled down to just the Explorer and Aviator EVs, while the ICE versions of both crossovers will continue to be built at the Chicago Assembly plant.
As for the next-gen version of the award-winning Nautilus, it bears a strong resemblance to the recently-launched Lincoln Zephyr sedan, which was designed specifically for the Chinese market and its younger customers, as well as the Lincoln Star concept, which will inspire the luxury brand’s styling direction moving forward.