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The Nautilus Name and changes explained

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#21 OFFLINE   Rick65inlosangeles

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Posted 03 December 2017 - 07:52 PM

At the Los Angeles International Auto show I was told the vehicle would be available next summer. That’s anytime between late June to mid-September.  BUT the big question here, will the vehicle be in dealer inventory during that time (or) will the dealers start taking orders for vehicles during that time frame.  In the coming months I’m sure more information will be available and we should know when Job1 will occur.  

 

The vehicle on display was locked and I was told that the final configuration for the interior had not been determined at this point.  Since all vehicles shown are prototypes, we could see some slight changes in the production models, and more changes in options and equipment. Like the availability of the 400 HP 3.0  and if the 2.7 will be the second generation version. 

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Posted 03 December 2017 - 09:44 PM

Ford always announces when it should start arriving in dealerships. I expect Job 1 to be sometime in May or June with vehicles arriving at dealers in August but that’s just a guess.

As soon as the order guide and production dates are confirmed I’ll post them.

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 05:39 PM

It seems that the BL will have 400HP avail later in 2019. Nothing about HUD yet.

 

Nautilus & BL have seat changes. In order to fulfill an issue with buyers that the seats are too narrow for some drivers they widened the back and seat NOT in size but rather modifying the side bolsters (bags) that wrap you into the seats. When inflated they are slim and less rounded. I probably sound confusing so here is what I was told. The seats are the same size as existing. The difference is the configuration. Rather than a more rounded side bolster, the new seats offer a slimmer and a more forward looking "wrap around" thus opening a wider seat and back. Front seat tracks are changing to gain height and offer more rear foot room.

 

Rear deck light has darkened exterior lens and the light itself illuminates in a different config. He said the 19s will be super quiet. Changes to body fill and rear glass make that happen. 

 

Forward looking radar concealed in lower air dam. Improvements to electric steering and feel of the brake pedal.

 

Something is happening to the suspension but nothing he can report. Now that there are some vehicles on display we can confirm some other items. Strangely, my friend says there are no engineering drawings with that Nautilus badge door /fender.  


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#24 OFFLINE   walkabout

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 02:36 AM

The fender was definitely there at the autoshow. Ugly as sun too.

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Posted 19 December 2017 - 11:49 AM

I got an email today from the Lincoln Motor Company that had a section on the Nautilus that has several photos in a "Gallery". None have that chrome piece on the side of the car under the mirror. So, who knows at this point.

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Posted 19 December 2017 - 07:41 PM

I was told they added it at the last minute for the auto show. They probably haven’t decided yet.

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 04:26 PM

Make it a option, satisfy both opinions.

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 05:03 PM

LOL...how about a 3rd option. Delete the side 'spear' badging, install a small name plate on the hatch that replaces the former MKX logo. Or, a 4th option, i.e. simply remove the OEM side badging with a loop of filament fishing line & a hair blower as recommended by the pro detailers.

 

Personally, I like the Nautilus' side badging that replicates the Conti nameplate.



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Posted 20 December 2017 - 05:25 PM

Exactly - not difficult to remove if you don’t like it.

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 04:49 PM

Maybe it will just be on the Black Label. That would be fine, since I wouldn't buy that model anyway.

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 06:16 PM

The side badge is standard on all four trim levels of the Continental. I would expect it to be the same with the Nautilus.

Also note that the 2018 Navigator has the door-mounted badges. I believe that Lincoln has adopted the side badges across the entire lineup.


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Posted 26 January 2018 - 01:16 AM

I attended the Portland International Auto Show today and came away with a few impressions and one decision, the latter being that I have lost interest in purchasing a  2019 Nautilus later this year. Other than a different face and an 8-speed transmission, the Nautilus doesn't offer much to make me exit my 2016 MKX which I am extremely satisfied with in most respects. I will wait to see if Lincoln steps up their game in future years.

 

With respect to the Lincoln display, it was a major disappointment...small, dimly lit, with one attendant, located next to the Subaru showcase. A Nautilus was exhibited with absolutely no signage, no identification, no promotion...people walked past it with no inspection or recognition whatsoever. In fact, the entire Lincoln display was occupied by myself (and spouse) and one other couple examining a current MY MKX. Nobody was even examining the 2018 Navigator. Contrast that dismal interest to hordes/throngs of people milling throughout the adjacent Subaru display (Note: I believe Oregon may be Subaru's largest customer...they have a cultural following here). Perhaps Lincoln's showing is influenced by the fact that there are only two local dealers, one of which doesn't even advertise.

 

Regarding other participating brands, especially those exhibited in the "Luxury Loft" (BMW, Volvo, Mercedes, Jaguar, Land Rover, etc.), it was apparent that even Lincoln Black Label models could best be described as 'Value Luxury' offerings, especially lacking the interior amenities/quality/finish of brands with competitive MSRPs. Lincoln can compete on the basis of tech, mechanical, comfort, and appearance features, but their interiors, fit/finish, & QC need improvement to match the competition. I noted that published media floor plans for the auto show indicated that Lincoln would display some models (assumedly Continental & Navigator) in the "Luxury Loft", but they were in fact absent, being consigned to the Lincoln display neighboring the Subarus.

 

Just another observation or two...the 'Darth Vader/predator' grills of the 2018 Lexus and other similar offerings will cost an absolute fortune to repair in the event of even the slightest mishap on the road or parking lot. Any semblance with those front ends to a functional bumper is in one's imagination. Also regarding Lexus 350RXL, the addition of a 3rd row on an unchanged wheelbase (109.8 inches) creates a cruel design joke. The 3rd row is suitable only for toddlers or a couple of bags of groceries while sacrificing fore/aft leg room for both the 1st & 2nd rows. While crowds at the show were swarming 3-row crossovers/SUVs,

some manufactures appeared to be pushing the envelope with offerings to appease some folks at the expense of 1st row drivers/passengers.

 

PS-Cadillac, one marque that I particularly wanted to peruse, was conspicuous by their absence...???


Edited by Cosmos36, 28 January 2018 - 02:22 PM.

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Posted 05 February 2018 - 03:28 PM

In case you missed it, blueovalforums.com posted Fleet Distribution News Bulletin (January 19, 2018) info relating to Nautilus ordering/production.

 

Order Bank Open Date: 4/6/18; Scheduling Begins: 5/17/18; 2019 MY Job #1 Date: 7/9/18.








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