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.