Lincoln is dropping its ‘MK’ alphabetic nomenclature in favour of traditional model names, and will start by turning its best-selling MKX midsize SUV into the Nautilus in 2019, the automaker revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show late November.
The Canadian-built sport utility’s name change means it joins the properly named Continental and Navigator in Lincoln’s lineup, and that the MKZ, MKC, and MKT are all dead model names walking.
Besides a new badge, for the 2019 model year, Nautilus gets a new grille more in sync with the rest of the Lincoln family fitted to it; as well as a major refresh all-around.
It will come standard with a 245-horsepower 2.0-litre four-cylinder; and optional with a 2.7-litre 335 horsepower V6. Both engines are turbocharged and come mated to an eight-speed automatic.
Also making its debut are new lane-centering and collision-avoidance active safety technologies which, with the rest of the suite of tech in the Nautilus, will make it feel all but self-driving.
The 2019 Nautilus will hit Canadian dealerships in early 2018 at a not-yet-disclosed price.