The Nautilus has been in production for a while but the last year’s interior update is a clear indicator that we won’t see a successor for a few more years. That’s why the 2022 Lincoln Nautilus is coming without major updates. Practically, the only updates are those in terms of new features and new visual packages. Also, we should mention that this SUV will now be available in several new color options, such as Artisan Blue, Green Gem, Iced Mocha, Red Carpet, and Chroma Elite Copper.
Other than that, things continued in the same way. In other words, you may count on an SUV that still has a lot of great things to offer, starting from a spacious and luxurious cabin. We also like the smooth ride, as well as the good sound insulation. Furthermore, the list of standard features is pretty long, especially in terms of safety.
2022 Lincoln Nautilus Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the biggest novelties for the next year are new color options. There are five new finishes available – Artisan Blue, Green Gem, Iced Mocha, Red Carpet, and Chroma Elite Copper. Other than that, the styling remains the same. This model has been introduced three years ago when it replaced the MKX. It kept the same mechanics but came with a completely new styling, based on the brand’s new design language. We presume that aesthetics won’t change much in the following years either.
Mechanically, this model hasn’t changed much in the past several years. It still rides on a good-old CD4 platform, featuring an FWD layout. Of course, versions with all-wheel drive are available too. We like the suspension setup, which ensures a smooth and comfortable ride. Still, handling isn’t that good and if the sporty ride is your top priority, you should probably look in other places.
The interior was completely redesigned last year. We saw a new layout, which made this crossover far more luxurious. Of course, the 2022 Lincoln Nautilus will continue in the same way, with the dashboard that takes a lot of inspiration from bigger Aviator and other Lincoln models. The design is clean, while a large tablet-like touchscreen also looks nice. We like the materials, while the build quality is also pretty good.
When it comes to the interior space, there are two very generous rows of seats. Both accommodate adults with ease, while the front seats are also massive and supportive. The driving position is very good, as well as the visibility.
Finally, there is the cargo area. It offers around 37.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and up to 68.8 cubic feet in total, which is more than you get from most two-row mid-size luxury SUVs, including Cadillac XT5, Lexus RX etc.
As we already mentioned, the biggest changes on the 2022 Nautilus are those regarding new features. For example, there is a new package called 18-inch wheels, a power-adjustable steering column, a universal garage-door remote, and in-dash navigation. Also, the Luxury package adds a hands-free power liftgate, a 13-speaker Revel stereo system, and the ability to use a smartphone app to lock and unlock the SUV.
Other than that, things remained pretty much the same. So, base versions come standard with goodies like a 13.2-inch touch screen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, Bluetooth, four USB ports, satellite radio, 10-speaker stereo, dual-zone climate control etc. Additionally, you can get goodies like a panoramic sunroof, a navigation system, wireless device charging, 13- and 19-speaker sound systems, a rear-seat entertainment system with two 10-inch displays and many more.
2022 Lincoln Nautilus Engines
Things under the hood remained the same. There are two familiar engine options in the offer, but turbocharged and both quite capable. Base models use a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which features a max output of 250 horsepower. While that’s enough to satisfy most drivers, there is also a version with a 2.7-liter turbo V6, which puts out around 325 horsepower. As you may presume, this one offers notably better driving dynamics.
Both engines come in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which does a pretty fine job. Front-wheel drive is standard, while AWD is available.
When it comes to fuel economy, the base turbo-four is good for about 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is pretty good for the segment. Of course, the V6 is slightly thirstier and returns around 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.