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Lincoln wants the Nautilus to be your comfy sanctuary

Another contender in the luxury crossover market

Lincoln has truly upped the ante in luxury crossovers. PHOTO FROM LINCOLN

The Lincoln Nautilus is one of the best luxury crossovers that money can buy (in North America and select overseas markets, that is). The luxury carmaker, however, believes it could make it better with updates that will “elevate the midsize luxury SUV.”

The brand's design direction is pointing toward a younger clientele. PHOTOS FROM LINCOLN

For starters, you get a new front bumper and a new set of huge, stylish rims. There are three new exterior color options for the Nautilus: Green Gem, the signature Lincoln Flight Blue, and Asher Gray—available in a sleek Monochromatic Package for customers with classic tastes.

Inside, the new Sync 4 system is paired with a humongous 13.2-inch center-stack screen. This is the biggest you can find among all Lincoln models and one of the largest in the market today. New interior color themes Sandstone and Black Ebony are now available, too. Sandstone offers neutral tones with lighter to darker color contrasts. Black Ebony, on the other hand, features new Roast accents on different parts of the interior, with luxury brown tones perfectly complimenting the real wood panels, bright chrome accents, and black contrasts inside.

No need to squint your eyes to view the infotainment screen thanks to the large display. PHOTO FROM LINCOLN

Going back to the Sync 4, it allows you to use your phone as car keys by downloading and using the Lincoln Way app. The system also features a Lincoln-exclusive, night sky-inspired Constellation theme where hues of blue and orange perfectly resemble the horizon. Finally, over-the-air updates keep the system up-to-date without the need to visit a dealership.

No less than premium leather for this midsize luxury SUV. PHOTO FROM LINCOLN

Doing duty under the hood are either a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-banger or a bigger 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6. Both are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Engine outputs are 205hp and 380Nm, or 335hp and 515Nm, respectively.

The Nautilus will also get the Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus suite of safety systems that include a 360° camera with front sensors, Adaptive Cruise Control with stop-and-go and lane-centering technology, Distance Alert/Distance Indication, as well as Enhanced Active Park Assist and Evasive Steering Assist.

We think Lincoln would do well in the Philippines. PHOTO FROM LINCOLN

The new Nautilus will be available early 2021 and will be built in Lincoln’s Oakville, Ontario plant. With a number of luxury marques available and doing quite well in the country, do you think Lincoln should also start selling its vehicles here?

Red Santiago

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