Front-wheel-drive only is becoming a bit less common in Blue Oval vehicles as the automaker shifts toward simplifying its internal combustion engine-powered lineup by making four-wheel traction the standard across the board. The 2022 Ford Edge moved away from its FWD offering in favor of all-wheel-drive, along with the 2023 Ford Super Duty, where four-wheel-drive is now standard on XLT trim and up. Ford Authority has learned the latest vehicle to adopt this change is the 2023 Lincoln Nautilus.
According to sources familiar with the matter, the 2023 Lincoln Nautilus will ditch front-wheel drive in the near future, effective for all units, which are built at the Ford Oakville Assembly plant, on or after July 17th, 2023. It’s worth noting that prior to the shift, only the base Nautilus Standard featured FWD as standard, while AWD was optional. AWD was already standard on Reserve and Black Label trims, and will therefore be unaffected by this change.
As for other changes on deck for the 2023 Lincoln Nautilus, it has lost one exterior color option, replacing Bronze Smoke with Jewel Sandstone Metallic Premium Colorant. It also offers the the Premium Audio Subwoofer Delete Option, which exists for customers who do not wish to delay delivery of their luxury crossover due to supply chain constraints affecting the sound system. Aside from that, it will feature no major changes over its 2022 model year counterpart.
Looking ahead, however, there are significant alterations on the horizon for the Nautilus. The 2024 Lincoln Nautilus was recently unveiled, representing a major shift for the luxury crossover. It boasts an overhauled exterior with a unique coast-to-coast lighting signature, along with a redesigned cockpit featuring a generous 11.1-inch center touchscreen for infotainment control.